When it rains it pours, man the Kings just domianted this game in all 3 zones, outshooting Vancouver by more than a 2-1 margin, but just had no luck either shooting or making plays, that fluke goal my Morrison just summed it all up perfectly. The Kings are working hard in these games, just don't have the firepower to put pucks in the net.
HORRIBLE play by the Canucks tonight. absolutely brutal. the only reason we won was because Dan Cloutier was far and away the best player on the ice and stole the game. i'm really impressed at how the Kings dominated despite their injuries. lacked the finish on this one
Andy Murray needs to be fired. Belanger is being *horribly* misused on the fourth line. And this is with Allison and Stumpel out with injury! His tenacity catalyzed around 5 plays tonight that should have resulted in goals had Sean Avery and Ian Laperierre displayed a modicum of talent. Christ, stick him with Palffy and Frolov and watch that line kick ass. That way you can keep Robitaille-Armstrong-Klatt together full-time too.
While we're on the topic of Sean Avery - I honestly believe he's the dumbest player I've ever seen. Boneheaded play after boneheaded play, and with 10 minutes to go who's he bothering? Cooke. Wow, we'll miss his significant offensive contributions
this is just crap! after making all these great plays, the kings need to finish. and don't give me this crap about getting snakebit. now i know palffy is having personal problems, but the others have to step up. luc keeps shooting which is good but the others need to crash the net hard.
seasons young but they need to get desperate cause if they don't, they'll be cathcing up again and you never know if they can even make the playoffs like last year. with deader and allison still out and their timetable for their return uncertain, they need more than the belanger line stepping up every game.
I agree about Belanger, Murray has always insisted on using him in a checking role when I think he could be so much more. He is a great defensive center, IMO one of the best in the league, but that doesn't mean he can't create offense.
i'm not down for belanger on a scoring line. i would certainly have him out for crucial faceoffs, i think he deserves power play time, and there's no doubt that he's got untapped offensive potential; i've been saying that he's going to have a breakout year all summer. but, he's played on scoring lines in the past, and i think that he's a lot more comfortable in a defensive capacity. he thinks defense first, and that's what he's best at. i say keep him in a stopper role, and put him with klatt and lapperierre, and you would then have a very effective checking line, capable of matching up against other teams' top units and still putting points on the board.
as for the game, i agree with laval, cloutier was the difference. chechmanek did not show up. we played very well, but, like others have mentioned, just did not have the finishing skills there tonight.
it is absolutely fantastic to have miller and nostrom back. cammalleri wasn't too effective tonight, i hope he gets back into the stride he had in preseason. the effort was there, so that's a good sign.
i agree with fouser. belanger has been in scoring lines before but was not up to the challenge...but, being a year older and more mature, you never know if he'll really breakout if he's paired with ziggy...i say try him out on the scoring lines and then lets see what happens. what do you have to lose besides the 3 game losing streak? and its early enough in the season so you can experiment...hopefully an experiment that would pay off...
Andy Murray needs to be fired. Belanger is being *horribly* misused on the fourth line. And this is with Allison and Stumpel out with injury! His tenacity catalyzed around 5 plays tonight that should have resulted in goals had Sean Avery and Ian Laperierre displayed a modicum of talent. Christ, stick him with Palffy and Frolov and watch that line kick ass.
Belanger is a mystery. He excels on the 3rd line, but when he plays on the second line in offensive situations he disappears.
I know in the past he has asked Murray not to place him on the offensive lines. He likes thje role of a checknig center.
I do agree that if he had a finisher on his line his numbers could be amazing
Went to the game last night. Had great seats but it took a while for me to get accustomed to the view. I was right behind Cech when he got pulled. The shot came on a break away, it was right on the ice and went in off the bottom of the post, far side. I really don't consider that a soft goal. Boy, I wish he would have stopped it but, geez it wasn't shortside, under the arm or something.
Personally I'm really starting to worry about Frolov, he played on the perifory again last night. Al, shoot the puck, especially when you are in the slot. Try hanging out in front of the net.
Squid looked like he was a mad dog out there. His shifts were really excellent. Full bore effort. Pirnes looked good too.
The return of Matty and Miller was really special and they were really shutting down Nas and Bert. Better things are ahead for our D.
The Canucks are HUGE and move pretty well.
Cloutier gave up no rebounds, and there weren't many folks going to the crease to find one even if one dropped.