Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks
3-2 Kings (SO)
Goals: Slavya Voynov (Los Angeles), Marcus Kruger (Chicago), Jeff Carter (Los Angeles), Patrick Kane (Chicago), in the shootout Mike Richards (Los Angeles)
Goalies: Ray Emery (27/29, .931); Jonathan Quick (35/37, .946)
Hey, we actually scored against Jonathan Quick! It was a bizarre goal (both of our goals were bizarre, to be honest) where Patrick Sharp thought he’d tipped the puck in over Drew Doughty. Drew blocked the shot, but Marcus Kruger caught it on the rebound. Lucky he was right there!
The other bizarre goal happened with a lot of traffic at the Kings net. At first it seemed like Marian Hossa tried to tip the puck in, but Patrick Kane had sharp eyes and slipped it in between Quick’s legs while he was sprawled in the crease. Greasy little muffin, Kaner is.
Brandon Bollig likes to fight. Tonight he fought Kyle Clifford. I like Brandon Bollig.
Ray Emery earned first star of the game for being the only guy who was actually playing for the first 35 minutes of the game. People are grumbling again about Corey Crawford not starting, but please let Razor start when he’s doing so well.
We hadn’t had a shootout decision since December 14 – ahem, that was the night of the sick, amazing Kaner goal. This time we were missing our robot captain, who is great at the shootout, but it was on Quick this time, because not even Kaner could sneak one past him.
Speaking of our robot captain, Jonathan Toews practiced again with the team, but he has yet to be cleared for contact. He thinks he’ll be good to go for Tuesday, but as Tim Gunn says, I’m concerned. I’d rather he wait till Friday and the Dallas Stars game because the Blues are very physical and would probably target him. We don’t need him to suffer a setback like Niklas Hjalmarsson did.
Those first two periods were just awful, with the exception of Krugs’ goal. Horrible passing and a lot of turnovers, and the defense was terrible. A four-on-one? That was on Duncan Keith for leaving Brent Seabrook trying to stem that rush. What in the name of chicken fingers is our problem lately?
vs. St. Louis Blues
It’s been almost a month since we beat them. After what happened last week, I’d like to see the boys get a little payback at the Madhouse.