Thursday, June 23, 2011

Is it September yet!?

Is it September yet?!



Although it is sad to say good-bye to forwards Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn, the Kings are welcoming Mike Richards with open arms.



Twenty-six year old Richards, the two-time, 30-goal scorer from the Philadelphia Flyers, has scored 60 plus points across the last four seasons.



Richards was drafted in 2003 by the Flyers and began playing in 2005.



He is a 5’ 11” center who shoots left.



It is thought that the combination of the newly acquired Richards and the unstoppable Anze Kopitar might give the Kings an extra “oomph” to push them even closer to the cup.



Kopitar was taken out in the playoffs last season due to an ankle injury. He is currently in remission and looking forward to playing in the upcoming season.



Let’s hope the summer months speed by so we can watch our Kings begin their hopefully and victorious journey toward the cup.



Let’s Go Kings!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

'Til I Collapse

Ouch, my heart hurts. That loss was a heart breaker.

Staples Center had a buzz. It was like the countdown until a space launch. The fans knew that something big was going to happen. A minute into the game, Willie Mitchell wristed a shot that trickled into the net. Pandemonium broke out in the building. Mark Purdy, had written an article in a San Jose newspaper that Staples Center was "...in the middle of the pack" regarding how loud of an arena it can be. We obviously proved him wrong. We got so loud, the scoreboard over the ice malfunctioned.

The Kings finished out the first period with 4 goals while keeping the Sharks scoreless. Things looked bright.

Little did we know that we were about to enter a 40 minute penalty kill.

To make a long story, short, we gave up 5 goals in the second period and were tied 5-5. Kings fans were worried and knew what could happen. Our fears came true as we lost in overtime 6-5.

But, we must not give up hope. Hope is our only option at this point. We cannot abandon our team. They need our support now, more than ever. Us as fans need to show the Kings that we are going to be here whether they win, or not. Just because we lose a bad game, doesn't mean we can give up; tune out; or at worst turn against our team.

They have battled all year, and anyone who disagrees can leave now. We are not "Orange County Fair Weather Fans." There is something different about true LA fans that makes us great. We are always passionate about our teams. If we lose every game, or we have a chance at a Cup; we are always here.

The Kings may have had an awful collapse, it's our job as fans to pick them up.

Kings play again on Thursday at Staples against the Sharks. Let's get loud.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Going into game 2

Game 1 did not start the way we had hoped. We gave up a goal within the first minute of the game. Kings hockey was not played during that first minute. However, Kings hockey was played throughout the rest of the game.

Fierce hitting, relentless penalty kill, movement away from the puck, and shots on goal. This is why we are going to win game 2. The Kings dug themselves an early hole and were able to battle back tooth-and-nail style. Hit after hit after hit after hit.

Goals were scored by our captain Dustin Brown and Justin Williams who was in his first game back from his dislocated shoulder injury.

PS. The suspension to Stoll is BS.

Monday, April 11, 2011

To Whom It May Concern

To whom it may concern,

This year has been a roller coaster ride to say the least. There were streaks where we had lost 6 of 7, gotten points in 11 straight games, won in overtime, and lost in overtime.

Let us remember that this is hockey and no team is immune to injuries. The difference in our team, is the fact that we can persevere. Since we've lost Kopitar, our record is 4-5. This is not a record that reflects the team that we are. Let us show the hockey world what we can do. Our record has not been made of our two top scorers who are currently injured. We have six players with twenty goals or more. Suiting up in the playoffs, will only be five of them. We have not had six players score twenty goals in a season since the 92-93 season. That should mean something to everyone.

To the fans,
don't give up. We have made it to the playoffs for the second year in a row. Last year, we had a 2-1 series lead over the Canucks going into game 3. It slipped out of our hands. Entering these playoffs, we will be without our top scorer. We must move onward. Cheer. Yell. Scream. Chant. Do whatever you can to support our team. But whatever you do, do not turn your back on them. They have given us everything they've got. We need to return the favor by bring our energy to Staples.

To the players,
don't give up. You've made it again. Congratulations. But, you should all know that this is just the beginning. Last year, Montreal did something amazing. They were down 3-0 and came back to win the series 4-3. They were only a 7 seed. After that, they were only 1 round away from making it to the finals. Oddly enough, we're a 7 seed this year. I know that we are short-handed on our roster. We can't make excuses. We have come too far to make excuses now. The Canadians of last year showed everyone that all you need to do is make it to the post-season. After that, all bets are off. All we are asking for, is your best. Do your best representing us, and we'll support you guys no matter what. We the fans, love you guys. All California hockey teams have made it to the playoffs this year, let's show them who is best. Beat these Sharks. Bring the work. Go Kings Go.

Love,
The Fans.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sucks Vs. Kings Postgame

Attention Sucks fans: no one cares.
The game last night against the Anaheim Sucks ended in a disappointing loss for the Kings, but not to worry, the Kings earned one point and still hold their 5th place position.
The scored remained 0-0 until the last five minutes of the first period. Ducks player, Brandon McMillan, number 64, scored 10th career goal and the first goal of the game.
The Kings came back strong in the second period, ready to fight. Early in the second period the Ducks had a breakaway and Quick made an impressive glove save, keeping the game 1-0.
The Kings had hope-- Simmonds scored a goal. A CLEAR GOAL at 12:48 of the second period. However, the referees waved the goal as null and void after claiming that Alexei Ponikarovsky interfered with Ducks goalie Ray Emery. However, after watching and re-watching the tape, it’s apparent that Ducks’ defensemen Luca Sbisa pushed Ponikarovsky into Emery. The Kings lost a goal that should have been counted, giving the Ducks an unfair advantage.
The Kings continued to fight for the puck and Brown finally scored the first goal eight seconds after their sixth uneventful power play.
The game went into overtime—even though the Kings should have been in the lead, taking into consideration the unfair call by the refs.
End of the game? The Sucks won. But who cares?
The sucks do not hold a play off position and currently have 11 games left before the play offs. The next time the Kings and the Sucks meet may be for a play-off spot, so let’s hope the Kings hold on to their 5thth place position.
Hopefully the next time the Kings and the Sucks meet the refs will pull their heads out of their asses and watch the game…
What’s up next for the Kings?
March 21st at 7:30 pm. The game will be broadcast live on FS West and AM 1150 KLTK.
Let’s go Kings!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Kings vs. Red Wigns

The Kings are in 8th place going into their game against the Red Wings. They are 2 points behind the Flames and the Coyotes with 2 less games played. With a win today, the Kings will be tied in points with the Dallas Stars with 1 more game played. The Stars have a game today against the Flames. This means that the Kings have a possibility to jump 2 places in the Western Conference standings with a win tonight. Good luck.

Heavy criticism has been thrown on to Drew Doughty after the last 2 games played. During the Canucks game, he was cross-checked by Daniel Sedin who scored the game winning goal immediately after. Many people suggested that he be stronger in front of the net. In the playoffs, no one cares if there was a cross-check.

In the game against the Stars, Drew had a turnover that turned into a short-handed goal. With the game in hand, the Kings had a chance to take a 2 goal lead. Instead, they gave up a goal that tied the game. The Kings never retook the lead and lost in overtime.

Drew Doughty is not the reason the Kings lost their last 2 games. The powerplay is the reason. The Kings were 0-6 on the powerplay against the Stars and 0-8 against the Canucks. In the playoffs last year, the Kings powerplay was lights out. Lately, they haven't gotten it together and need to if they think the playoffs are within reach. We as fans cannot blame a player. Rather, we need to hold the team accountable. At the same time, we need to give them our support.

The Red Wings are 2nd in the Western Conference and are a force to be reckoned. They play at 4:30 on KCOP channel 13 and on the radio on KTLK AM 1150. They need our support.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

POSTGAME: Phoenix

SThe Kings had more than just points riding on the game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday.

After their shattering loss against the Red Wings, the Kings were barely holding on to their playoff spot—moving from 5th place down to 8th place.

The Kings acquired Dustin Penner, a forward from the Edmonton Oilers, on February 28th. The question prior to the Phoenix game was whether or not Penner would fit well with the LA Kings.

The Kings needed to prove to the fans that Penner would fit into the Kings family, as well as prove that they are the strong-willed team that we know they are.

The first two period of the game were very exciting. The Kings had numerous break aways and seemed to be in control of the puck more than the Coyotes.

The third period was the most eventful we’ve seen in awhile. Although the Coyotes had more control of the puck, the Kings played great defense and with Jonathan Berneir in goal, the Coyotes had a tough time scoring.

The Kings had a Power Play (8:28 left in the third period) Drew Doughty took a shot that went wide to the left. The Puck was picked up by Smyth, who passed to Kopitar. Kopitar passed to Jarret Stoll who shot and scored the Kings’ winning goal.

The Kings won the game 1-0. Earning them 2 points, placing them in fourth.

The standing today, however, place the Kings in 6th, just one point behind the flames and two points behind the Blackhawks. The Kings have 76 points.

What’s up next for the Kings?

The LA Kings take on the Vancouver Canucks, Saturday March 5, 2011 at 1:00pm.
The game will be broadcast live on FS-West and on AM 1150 KLTK radio.