Kings v. Caps: **** YEAH WIN, **** YOU ROENICK, POST GAME THOUGHTS & TIDBITS
Post game article (Kings bust a cap at Staples and beat Washington 2-1) is up at http://www.lakingsnews.com. Click on the link for more.
It was an afternoon game and we all know what that means...or do we?
The Kings came out full of piss and vinegar. They hit everything that wore white and red, number 8 included. In fact, kudos to the fan who brought the sign "our number 8 is better than your number 8" to the game. The first period drew a blur between the first 3 lines as the 2nd (Parse-Richardson-Simmonds) played a speedy and energy filled game while the 3rd (Frolov-Hanzus-Segal) used their size and strength to control the puck and play at and away from the boards.
Richardson is my number 1 star.
What a great game by the Frolov, Handzus, Segal line. It's a tribute to Zeus that whomever plays with him, plays well.
Richardson is really coming into his own and far more exciting, he is doing it game in and game out.
Kopitar with another meh.
Brown with a slightly improved meh. He was throwing his weight around.
Smyth is back in form, as is Simmonds. Simmonds had a quietly great game.
Drew is an animal, a ****ing 20 year old monster. Much love for Jack Johnson as well.
Quick is a number 1 hockey goalie god.
That second period got a bit spooky, but this game was an example of the Kings' season. Character and heart.
i like how doughty is showing all these other olympic dman "snubs" a true strong overall game...that shorty handed-goal was a perfect example of having an ice full of high-end offensively gifted players who cant defend to save their lives...
Other teams know they have to bottle up Kopitar. It's almost as if Anze's best service to the rest of the team lately is to be a decoy, to free up the other Kings from having to deal with the opposition's best defenders.
Green was motivated I'm sure, with Doughty on the opposite side beating him out for an Olympic spot. Green actually had some hits (plural) in the game which I don't recall seeing from him in other games that I've watched the Caps play, maybe Stevie Y's comment about Doughty being the "all-around" defenseman choice for the Olympic squad got to Green a bit.