April 11, 2012; Vancouver, BC, CANADA; Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Penner (25) scores against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) (not pictured) during the third period in game one of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at Rogers Arena. The Los Angeles Kings won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

Kings Take 1-0 Series Lead Plus Home Ice

The Los Angeles Kings made a pretty big statement last night in Game 1 against the Vancouver Canucks and it seems both fan bases have a mutual dislike for each other. Mike Richards had a huge game. Jeff Carter made a brilliant pass with his skate. Dustin Penner had the game winning goal. Wait, what? One of these things is not like the other. Penner and game winner don’t belong in the same article, let alone the same sentence. Yet, here I am, eating crow for all the crap I talked about the guy. Yeah, I could have put that one in the net. However, I wouldn’t have had the instinct he had to drive the net and be in the right place at the right time. Not only did he score the game winner, he made a play on classless ryan (nope, not gonna capitalize his name) that, more than likely, prevented a goal. Big, BIG game by Penner and I’m happy to eat my own words. Willie Mitchell and Drew Doughty had monster games, as well.

Back to the mutual dislike. If you were up at around 11 pacific last night, chances are, you saw this:

Seems some people took offense to this and I, for the life of me, can’t figure out why. If you live in Canada, you like one Canadian team and hate the rest. That’s the rule, isn’t it? So I’m not sure why this got blown out of proportion… but it did.

Also, reading between the lines in the post game pressers with coach douchebag, the biter, and the sister that’s not hurt; they give the Kings credit while taking credit away from the Kings. Subtle, those guys.

Classy or not, expect the Canucks to make some adjustments prior to Game 2. This series is far from over but, with the win, the Kings have proved to the media, the fans and, most important, to themselves that they can play and overwhelm the “best team in the league”. Enjoy the lead, Kings fans, and strap in for a wild ride the rest of the way. Hopefully we get some good news on Kyle Clifford soon. That’s not what I’m expecting though. The way he looked on the bench was a good indication that he’s not entirely with us at the moment. Get well soon Cliffy!

WTF was Brian Hayward doing on my TV last night? With the way he was suckin everyone off, that guy should be doing the local Canucks broadcast. Jackass!

One last thing. Anybody questioning Jonathan Quick‘s ability is a complete moron. Dude made some brilliant saves last night and there’s no reason to think that he’s “tired”. Put that one to bed. Kings in 6!!!

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