LA Kings 7(!)
Defence. Funny word, huh?
After 7 goals against, funny how the "d" and "f" sounds are spoken through clenched teeth, followed by a "s"-shaped hiss, as the normally-benign word now connotes something darker and much more sinister... like the phrase "missing the playoffs". The Oilers turned in a carb-loaded turkey of a game coming off the Christmas break, which makes me wonder if the next CBA should allow hockey players to see their families during the holidays.
A largely frustrating game, featuring stupid ass penalty calls on both sides, a squandered two-goal lead, and mostly shoddy Oilers defence, which, being soft and dead-on-arrival, is not unlike the abject underbelly of a bloated corpse that's been floating for days in a polluted stream. [how's that for unwieldy metaphors?]
As uninspiring as the Oil's defence corps can be, blame this loss entirely on the forwards and their terrible zone coverage. Petr Sykora and Shawn Horcoff lead the pack at minus 4, but good gawd almost every King Defenceman was getting great shots from the middle of the slot, so much that even Mattias Norstrom was an offensive threat with two points on the night (I think he gets one goal every eleven years). Mathieu Garon, playing on half a groin, managed to get his shit together and played rather well in the third, pretty much sealing the deal. So now what? Our we in 14th place now? God, I hate the Northwest.
- Ryan Smyth is back! What a difference he makes, nearly scoring on the wrap around in his first shift of the game. Smyth got a goal besides, playing like an ice donkey out there with his broken thumb. Like so many pending free agents, the dude is on a mission! Absurdly, I thought the one bright side of his injury was that, at a glance, his stats wouldn't be as high come season's end and we could re-sign him easier. (don't laugh, I truly believe some GMs are that dumb)
- Play-By-Play Thesaurus Award: Peter Loubardias for using the word "carom" 17 times during a single broadcast
- I miss Patrick Thoresen. I'll take Thor's five minutes of fourth line ice time over Marc-Antoine Pouliot's any day. We could have used his Norwegian pluck out there tonight.
- I've recently noticed that hockey mostly just makes me angry. Anyone else?
Thursday, December 28, 2006
LA Kings 7(!)
Posted by mike w at 9:43 PM