Ha headshot. Talk about a phantom call, highsticking for a shouldercheck when his stick was in his opposite hand?
I think Blake basically punched Hagman in the face as Hagman was leaving his zone. I'm glad somebody tried to start something. Avery tried to get nasty as well, but he's gotta pick a better dance partner.
Actually you still have no idea until you totally tank the second half of the season.
Last year, the second half tanking really wasn't about the injuries, IMO. The club was just rotting from the inside out.
I've never seen such terrible, unmotivated, uninspired, boring hockey in my life. Even when the Kings won it was absolutely unwatchable.
A similar thing happened the year before and the year before, as well; in those years, it started in the last ten games of the season-the first one, it resulted in the Kings just missing the playoffs, and the second, it just put the finishing touches on a non-playoff season. But last season, it started at the halfway point making Kings hockey something to be dreaded for the last 30-40 games.
I'm sure the injuries did contribute to it, but, moreso (especially last year), I think it was a case of the internal strife between player factions and the coach, as well as the West Coast grind combined with Murray's allegedly extensively intense practice schedules. The team just stopped functioning. They couldn't play effective hockey any more...the life was slowly syphoned out of the lockerroom and a very, very slow train wreck was the result.
As bad as the Kings have been on some nights this season, they've never dipped back to that level and I hope they never will.