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Kings win, Kings win!

Posted by outthere, Jun 14, 2014.

Time to celebrate.

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Reply by dvogler, Jun 14, 2014.

You had some help from up here!  14 of the 23 on the King's roster are Canadians :)

 

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Reply by outthere, Jun 14, 2014.

That's all? 

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Reply by EMark, Jun 14, 2014.

Another ring for the Patine guy, Jim Fox.

You can make the argument that three players form the heart of the Los Angeles Kings--Drew Doughty (Canada), Anze Kopitar (Slovenia) and Jonathon Quick (U.S.).  Yes, Canada did provide and assist. ;-)

Thankfully, the playoffs finished before the Vingt-quatre Hueres du Mans.  The DVR is on overload this weekend.

The remodeling project has wrapped up.  I'm going to have to get back into the regular routine.  So, with luck we'll pick a good wine this evening.  :-)

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Reply by JonDerry, Jun 14, 2014.

Hardly watched the series...funny watching all the bandwagon LA fans get "kind of" excited about this.

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Reply by zufrieden, Jun 14, 2014.

Daryl Sutter (coach of the Kings) has honed a machine which makes good use of size and moderate team strength (love Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams, Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty).  Quick is a good goalie but, like many others holding the position, overrated by years of defensive style play and obstructionist penalties left uncalled.  Lundquist is the best in the world, IMHO.

The team is not really the best per se - and the Rangers are pretty mediocre as well  (Kings placed 10th, Rangers lower yet).  But, if you have a system and penalties and fouls are ignored, you can produce a style of play that wins trophies.  Playing 25 post-season games to win a cup after 82 regular season games eliminates fewer than 50% of clubs is a bit of a farce.

This "playoff" game is not my preferred style of hockey (I guess some or even most Californians could care less), but the Kings are indeed the Champs, so congratulations to them.  I personally prefer a more wide-open skating game with less contact and no emphasis on "hay-bailer hockey" - a Sutter specialty coming, as he does, from a farm in Alberta, Canada.  He is part of my generation... those who have been taught that winning at all costs is the goal.  That's not my goal; I believe in all the Greek virtues - not just courage.

You had only to look at the line-up for handshakes to see who had the physical presence.  And look forward to more of the same style of play now that a paradigm has been struck.

Then have a glass of wine and hope for change - if you like fast games (compare the boring "institution" of soccer e.g.).

 

Z.

 

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 14, 2014.

Great analysis, Zuf. Might get you in a bar fight with other Canucks even in Tokyo, though...  ;-)

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Reply by dvogler, Jun 14, 2014.

So Zuf, you prefer Olympic hockey better.  I like the bigger ice too.  Nearly a different game.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jun 15, 2014.

I watched a few of the games and I was surprised the Kings managed to win the second and third ones; now the final game was very exciting but not enough to keep me up past 2330 Friday night when I turned off the TV after the first OT period ended.  I'm very happy they won however.  I was a Kings fan in the 1970's and 1980's when we lived in Southern California.  That's back in the days of Marcel Dionne http://www.hockey-reference.com/players/d/dionnma01.html  I can still remember attending a few games at the Forum.


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