Kings vs. Poached Panthers
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11-16-2009, 11:33 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Los Angeles
That was.... a hockey game.
Not the best, but not the worst. A better team would have beaten us, but **** that we won!
Post game article is up. Click here for the rest:
Special teams are always a factor. Special Ed. teams on the other hand can completely dictate a game.
As two of the league’s worst penalty kills met in a battle of suck, the Los Angeles Kings managed to bounce back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Florida Panthers 4-3 in a shootout. 4 of the games 6 regulation goals were scored with special teams unit on the ice. Entering the game the Kings boasted the league’s 26th worst penalty kill and the Panthers the 28th worst, with a success rate of 75.6 and 74.2 respectively. With percentages that low, someone’s PP is going to shine.
While the Kings end their road trip 3-2, a wholly respectable accomplishment, they lost two key players during those 5 games. Rob Scuderi is already out with ferocious fungus or hammer toes, and tonight Ryan Smyth joined Scuderi when he did not come to the bench to start the third period. It appears he was injured by a Keith Ballard hip check in the second period that Smyth just narrowly didn’t avoid. George Carlin would have called it a near-miss. Smyth was flying down the right wing, pushed the puck past Ballard and tried to jump around him. Boom. No such luck. Ah, look, they nearly missed. Smyth returned in the period for a few shifts but would not skate a shift in the final frame or overtime.
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