Kings v. Flyers: Post Game THOUGHTS & TIDBITS
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11-19-2009, 09:40 AM
DIEHARD the King fan
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Too frustrated last night to post. Too much Cucumber Soju as well.
First off, Stoll played his @ss off last night. Hitting, scoring, passing. I couldn't have asked or more from him. REALLY.
I thought Quick played well and couldn't blame him on any of the goals.
Kopitar really tried to carry the team, and it was obvious that Williams effort was there too. Even Frolov tried to elevate and really played well, HOWEVER, I think Frolov's extended stay on the third line where puck possession is the name of the game has changed his game and he needs to remember that with Kopitar and Willie the cycle goes to the front of the net a lot quicker than with sSimmonds and Handzus.
Parse is really doing well.
Wish I could say the same for our Captain. There was one play in the second period where we came into the zone 3-2, and the forward on Brownie's right was even with him but open for a clear shot, and instead he passed the puck through traffic to (I think) Stoll who was covered and could only get a shot wide. he really needs to get his head out his arse. I don't know why TM doesnt try the Frolov approach with him and have a discussion, and if that doesn't work sit him for a game or period. Honestly, with the way he played last night, I would rather see Purcell out there with that line than Brownie.
Because, say what you will about Teddy most of the time (and I'm right there with you) last night Teddy was givign the effort, but the results just didn't come (for the whole team).
I'm not going to get into the JJ should have fought debate. But why Ivanans wasn't more of a pest in this game is bothering me a little, even though I thought he played well enough without scrapping.
What I did notice, and as much as I hate to give props to the "F-in" Flyers was that they do a great job taking time and space away in their defensive zone, both at even strength and on the PK.
On our 5-3, the top spacing was too tight, allowing the top defender to pressure the puck possessor all the way around. Combine that with passes that weren't crisp or flat enough to get off good one-timers, and we got what we got: Nothing.
Overall, a frustrating loss, but a well played game: we out shot them, out chanced them and out hit them. We just didin't outscore them, and on some nights, that will happen.
Put it behind us, and lets blast the sharks.
And, oh yeah, Brown needs to wake the "F" up and contribute to this team.
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