That, my friends, is precisely how to lose a hockey game. The Kings played terribly, and the Canucks took full advantage. If you’ve not seen the game (why are you here?), the Kings got shellacked 7-2 in Vancouver, allowing the Canucks to take a 3-2 lead in the series back to Los Angeles. Game 6 will be held on Sunday at 6PM at Staples Center, and is an absolute must-win for the Kings.
I’m not sure what there is to say at this point about the game, since the play was uniformly awful. I can’t point to the players who performed well, because none did. I can’t harp on the ones that did not perform well, because they all did. The game started on a poor note with the Canucks jumping out to an early lead. The Kings tied it up, but it was all over after that. Bernier and Samuelsson both netted two, and Demitra, Edler and Sedin (who cares which one) each added their own goal as they chased Quick from the game, and then CHASED HIM BACK IN. What the hell? I can’t even remember a game where that has happened, but it sure was embarrassing. Tonight was definitely a good night NOT to be a Kings goalie.
The power play was bad, turning in a 1 for 5 performance and failing to convert on even a 5 on 3 chance. The stars weren’t stars, the grinders didn’t grind and the goalkeepers didn’t keep goal. It was a failure on all fronts.
Let’s think about the possible upside. Here are a few things that might give hope to ailing Kings fans on this awful, awful night:
- Pattern is in the Kings favor. After game 1, the Kings won two. Now the Canucks won two. If the pattern holds, it’s Los Angeles’ turn to win 2.
- A blowout loss might be enough to shake the Kings up and get them ready to play with more heart than they showed tonight.
- Wayne Simmonds doesn’t give up. He was a lost cause, and frankly just didn’t play well, but damn if that kid just never stops playing. Big props to him for that. Now if he can get his game back, we could have something here.
In the meantime, check out this post. It’s a description of the experience at Game 4 from another perspective. Sure it’s a day or so late, but she’s a Ducks fan, so what can you do! At least she’s not rooting for the Canucks. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Sorry for a lack of fluff, there’s just not much to say. Did anyone else take anything positive from that game? Or are we out in Game 6?