Kings vs Blues - Round 1

From: System16 Nov 2015 12:36
To: ALL1 of 2
From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
 To:  ALL
The defending Stanley Cup champions got off to a bad start defending their title Tuesday night as Jonathan Quick lost the puck behind the net and it resulted in the Blues scoring the winning OT goal. The game was 1-1 and 13 minutes had passed in the first overtime session. Here's more from Slam Sports...

St. Louis Blues get off to dream start against Kings   


ST. LOUIS - Now, that had to feel good for the St. Louis Blues.       

But Los Angeles King goaltender Jonathan Quick probably couldn't feel any worse.

Quick was the best player on the ice until 13:26 of overtime, when he lost the puck to Blues forward Alexander Steen behind the net and Steen scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win. The Blues took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series Tuesday.

It had been seven games in succession that the Blues lost to the Los Angeles Kings, including a four-game sweep in last year's playoffs. But the Blues picked a good time to take a big step for their club and made it just a little bit harder for the Kings to defend their Stanley Cup title.

"I wasn't surprised he was going to play it that way behind the net," Steen said. "It was the only out he had. It was just one of those plays."

It looked like it curtains for the Blues when Kevin Shattenkirk took a four-minute high sticking penalty in overtime.

"It was a reactionary play," Shattenkirk said. "I went to lift his stick ... you have to control your stick. It was a tough break."

Until Quick's massive brain cramp, it looked like Quick would steal the game for the Kings. Instead, he gift wrapped it for the Blues.

That was a relief for Shattenkirk who watched it all from the penalty box.

"My heart sank a little bit. I was a little nervous in the box," he said. "But you could tell the guys were ready to kill it off and help me out. Getting a goal on it is one way to end it and get through it.

"I owe Steener many thanks and maybe a couple of dinners. I think I might have thrown the guy in the penalty box out of the way to get on the ice. It was a very big relief."

But the win didn't come without great angst beside the penalty.

It shouldn't have been that difficult.

The Blues dominated the defending champs, outshooting them 36-19 and making the first-period goal by Steen stand up until the final minute.

That's when Justin Williams somehow managed to blow a wrist shot into the top of the net with 32 seconds left to tie the game.

If you like tight, throat-in-mouth hockey, you got it as the defending champs began trying to fend off the would-be champs.

"I don't like to ever say it was a must-win," said Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock. "But it would have been tough to get up tomorrow and skate if we had lost that."

For the Blues it was a dream start despite the nightmarish moment.

"I thought we played well," Steen said. "We did a lot of good things, had a lot of chances but this is only Game 1."

The first period was a blueprint for what the Blues need to do to win this series.

It began from the drop of the puck. The crowd at the Scottrade Centre went crazy when Ryan Reaves ran over two Kings with big checks.

It's what needed to be done.

The Blues deserved a bigger lead than 1-0 but they had to settle for a power-play goal midway through the first. Shattenkirk wired a shot from the point that Quick managed to kick out but the puck went to Steen and he made no mistake with most of the net to shoot at.

There's a lesson to be learned for the Blues, though. When you have a team on the ropes, finish them.

Teams that win championships don't easily give up that crown.

This was the script the Kings lived by last year. They rode solid goaltending by Quick until they would wear out their opponents.

The Blues don't have to be told twice how the Kings won their title.

Beware of champions that are left to hang around.

From: System16 Nov 2015 12:38
To: ALL2 of 2
From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
 To:  carolann     
1366.2 In reply to 1366.1 
I didn't see any games on Tuesday. Maybe I'll check some out tonight. Did you watch the game?
From:  carolann  
 To:  Razz (RAZZMAN)     
1366.3 In reply to 1366.2 
I saw a few minutes of it, as well as a few minute of the Quackers.  I'm playing the Major Life Change game and at that point I was a zombie!
From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
 To:  carolann     
1366.4 In reply to 1366.3 
I won't get into the MLC thingy, but I too haven't been watching much hockey. My son is a Sens fan, and I happened to catch more of the Habs-Sens game than any other game. Still, I watched my DVD and TV shows with my younger son so I didn't watch all of that game.

My seedlings are started, but my tomatoes are not doing too well yet. Some died off as I must have had them out in the sun too long.
From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
 To:  ALL
I haven't been able to watch any of the western conference playoff games, but saw the highlights this morning. Down 2-0 in the game, the Kings fought back and tied it. In the third, they scored the winning goal and tied the series at 2.

Williams, Kopitar help Kings even series

Tuesday, 05.07.2013 / 2:11 AM
Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

LOS ANGELES – The stars finally came out to play for the Los Angeles Kings, bright enough to shine that Stanley Cup champion mettle.

Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar scored 76 seconds apart in the third period to give the Kings a 4-3 win Monday night in Game 4 of this Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

L.A. has evened the series at 2-2 going into Game 5 on Wednesday in St. Louis, and it might as well pack along that defending champion mojo in its duffel bag.

The Kings erased a 2-0 deficit in the first period and trailed 3-2 in the third. It was the first time they were down by two goals in a Stanley Cup Playoff game and won since April 18, 2001, against the Detroit Red Wings. The difference this time around was evident in a calm Kings locker room.

"We're an experienced team," said Williams, easily L.A.'s best forward in this series. "We've been through a lot, and we knew we needed a response. We were down a goal, facing a daunting task of going to St. Louis down, 3-1. But we found it within ourselves.

"Certainly being through it before, last year, and having experience with the same group in here in pressure situations lets us know that we can do it."

The teams matched the goal total from the previous three games in a drastic personality change. Kopitar, David Backes, Jeff Carter and Dustin Penner finally found the scoresheet in the postseason.

Kopitar snapped a career-high 19-game goal-scoring drought with a tap-in to reward great work in the corner by Dustin Brown at 7:14. Williams tipped Mike Richards' shot from the left side that went in on the far side past Brian Elliott at 8:30.

"It's hard to explain but every time you're going through a drought of 20? Nineteen?" said Kopitar, who last scored March 25. "I don't even know. When you get that one, you feel about 100 pounds lighter. I felt pretty good after that."

The confetti fell from the rafters for the first time since the team raised the Cup last June. The top line of Williams, Kopitar and Brown, plus Carter, combined for 15 of L.A.'s 29 shots.

"That's what they're supposed to do," coach Darryl Sutter said. "That's what the series is about. If you covered the playoffs last year, it's about big goals – not who scores them, but at the same time, who normally leads your team in scoring. You have to be close to that."

St. Louis didn't take advantage of plenty on the night. T.J. Oshie, who had no goals in 16 previous postseason games, scored twice to give St. Louis a 3-2 lead going into the third period. He pounced on a rebound from the right side at 5:46 of the second after Vladimir Sobotka took the shot on a rush.

Elliott backstopped St. Louis superbly in a second period that was played mostly in the Blues' end. He made a right-to-left leg stop on Kopitar and another when Richards partially fanned, but still put it on net. Then the third period arrived and St. Louis seemed helpless.

"I think it was just a continuation of the second period, to be honest with you," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said. "They took the game to another level. Tonight we didn't have answer.

"We made two mistakes, two really poor mistakes to give them odd-man rushes to get them back in the game. But even when it's 3-2, they were playing better than we were."

L.A. forged a 2-2 tie going into the first intermission on two good-looking odd-man rushes.

Penner tapped in Jarret Stoll's pass to finish a 3-on-1 to tie it 2-2 at 14:30. Jordan Leopold got caught pinching and Stoll easily chipped it past him with only Kevin Shattenkirk back to defend.

"You look at it system-wise, we weren't real sharp tonight," Leopold said. "I thought I'd get the puck and it didn't work out that way. You're going to have nights like that. We've got to bounce back here.

"There's definitely decisions on the ice that you'd like to have back, but that's the name of the game. We tried to recover from mistakes and make the best of it, but it is a game of mistakes and they were fortunate enough to be able to capitalize on them."

Carter, the NHL's fourth-leading scorer, finally appeared in the series when he completed a 2-on-1 during 4-on-4 play with Richards, who delivered a soft saucer pass over Oshie that Carter grabbed and backhanded at 9:43.

Given the nature of the series, the Blues' 2-0 edge in the first five minutes – the first two-goal lead of the series -- felt like 5-0. Backes ripped the puck into an open net 72 seconds in after Jay Bouwmeester's shot went wide left and bounced out the other side to fool Jonathan Quick.

Oshie scored 3:20 later. He tipped Shattenkirk's point shot to end the Blues' 0-for-12 power play skid.

The Kings didn't face many deficits in their Cup run, but they are a tight enough team to withstand such adversity. The last won a playoff game when trailing after two periods on April 22, 2012 against the Vancouver Canucks.

"It's not about morale on our team," Sutter said. "It sounds repetitive, but this team has resilience. There was no faction, when it was 0-2, that it was 'Throw it in' or 'What's going on?' That's not the way it works."

St. Louis inserted Vladimir Tarasenko for the first time in the postseason. He played 5:51 minutes on the fourth line and didn't record a shot. Los Angeles again went with seven defense men.
From:  carolann  
 To:  Razz (RAZZMAN)     
1366.6 In reply to 1366.5 
And Voynov just scored in OT, and the Kings are up 3-2.  Who'd have believed this Saturday, when they came home down 2-0?
From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
 To:  carolann     
1366.7 In reply to 1366.6 
I saw the highlights on after the Kings last win. Heard that they did win in OT last night, so I'm headed on over to now to see the highlights. They do a great job and watching them is like seeing the game live for the HD clarity. Just saw the highlights. They were good, except in the OT, my streaming feed paused about 4 times. It paused around 20 seconds right before Slava Voynov scored the game-winner. Usually, with my Fiberoptic connection, it never freezes.

I also heard that Anaheim won, so they too are leading their series 3-2.