June 7th, 2013
Where the hell was Anze Kopitar? Where the hell was captain Dustin Brown? This would be an excellent time for you guys to show up and start contributing offensively! For all intents and purposes, the Kings season is over. The Kings lost to Chicago 3-2 in game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at Staples Center, and are now down 3-1 in the best of 7 series.
Most Kings fans seem to be blaming Tia Toscano for not singing the national anthem. Tia gets some of the blame, but I think most starts with Kopitar and Brown. When this is all over, we better find out that these guys were hurt because they’ve played like garbage. Jonathan Quick has to be flawless to make up for the crap these guys are pulling. Quick made some stellar saves in game 4, but allowed one soft goal to Bryan Bickell early in the game, which got the Blackhawks going.
Did anyone listen to what I had to say after game 3? I said a critical factor in the rest of the series was which duo could pull their game out of the crapper first: Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, or Kopitar and Brown. Obviously it was Kane and Toews who pulled it together in game 4, which is why the Kings are almost ready to start booking tee times. Kopitar has been exiled to the third line, and you wouldn’t even be able to tell he’s even in the lineup. Dustin Brown has remained on the 1st line, but you also wouldn’t know he’s there. The Kings are already without an injured Mike Richards, and they might as well be playing without Brown and Kopitar at this point.
Despite Kopitar and Brown’s invisibility, the Kings had plenty of chances to win game 4. They had a one goal lead twice, but Just Williams failed to put the game away on his breakaway, and the Kings couldn’t score on the powerplay in the 3rd when their season depended on it. Who the hell has been calling the Kings line changes the last two games anyway? Vinny Del Negro? The Kings made a terrible line change early in the 3rd and the Hawks scored the game winner as a result. They made the same mistake in game 3, and could have been burned again if it hadn’t been for an offside call.
What the hell was Daryl Evans wearing on the Kings post game show last night? It was some kind of a velvet suit with a strange floral pattern on it. Evans must be shopping with Dwayne Wade these days.
Also, screw you Tim Leiweke! In an interview with a local Toronto TV station, he was asked about how he felt about Leafs fans. He said:
“We didn’t have that in L.A. and we won the Stanley Cup. We finally saw it at the end. It took us getting to the finals in order to awaken that town. It’s not a hockey town.”
“You had more built up passion for this hockey team (Toronto) and that organization on an AWAY playoff game than we EVER did, INCLUDING winning the Stanley Cup, Game 6, Home Ice at Staples Center.”