Despite the Horrid Refs, Kings Force Game 7
I’m about as emotionally exhausted as Donald Sterling on a phone call.
I haven’t heard Staples this loud since they won the cup.
The first period was one of the best the Kings played this season. If it wasn’t for Stalock, it would have been 3-0. I don’t know how he even SAW some of those shots.
Kyle Clifford absolutely punishing Desjardins gave the Kings even more life.
The second period was about as ugly as a Tijuana abortion. To not have a shot on goal until the 16 minute mark was a travesty. Even worse was the Sharks taking lessons from the Vancouver Canucks and popping their heads back every time a stick came NEAR them was just an absolute atrocity.
The hockey Gods didn’t let them get away with it and the 5 on 3 penalty kill with 1:36 was about as beautiful as watching Kate Upton’s tits bounce. Doughty blocking shots is exactly what I was talking about in a previous blog. Willie Mitchell hurt his ankle. Don’t know if he’ll be back for Game 7.
The third period was just plain brilliant.
To call Tanner Pearson for a “snow shower” while Joe Thornton is taking out Dustin Brown’s knee? How do these guys even GET this kind of lucrative assignment? Just plain atrocious.
With Willie Mitchell absent since getting hurt killing the 5 on 3, the Kings were down to 5 D and if you include Regehr in that mix, it’s 4.5.
I thought for sure the refs were going to take the Justin Williams go ahead goal away which would have constituted a riot not seen in Los Angeles since Stacey Koon was found not guilty. Even more shocking was that the refs didn’t blow the whistle in the first place. They’re already bitching about it.
Thank GOD, Kerry Fraser is no longer a ref. They would have torn his arms and legs off.
3 goals, including a power play goal was just too delicious. Justin Williams continues to be the Reggie Jackson of big games. “Mr. April” – For however shitty Kopi was last playoffs, he’s been flat out dominant. And who the fuck thought Tanner Pearson would be this good? Each and every game he gets stronger, more confident.
Okay, now on to the bullshit:
Todd McLellan putting Raffi Torres on a line with Patrick Marleau was singlehandedly one of the biggest jackoff moves of the playoffs. Of course he goes right at Williams and the refs were smart enough to get rid of him. Mike Richards picked a PERFECT time to get into his first fight of the season, an absolute beatdown of Logan Couture and then Jonathan Quick taking a swank at “Mr. Pussy” himself, Joe Thornton was a thing of beauty.
My biggest concern for Game 7 is very simple.
If Willie Mitchell can’t play, it’s likely that “The Jinx” will be inserted and the Kings will lose. Because he’s “The Jinx”
If this was the last game played at Staples until October, it was one of the best I’ve witnessed in a long time. No matter what the Kings do, they went down fighting. They make the Sharks question themselves and their heart. They made Anaheim lick their collective lips.
What a great night.
So much for my prediction of a Sharks sweep.