Well, the Kings didn’t win 3 in a row but they played a good game against the Oilers. The game was a low scoring, pre-lockout affair, tied 1-1 after regulation. The Kings goal was scored by Pushkarov, a 21 year old call up from Manchester. It was his first goal. He’s been on a line with Kopitar and Brown. Brown is the old man at 23 years old, with Kopi coming in at 19 years old. Anyway, the Kings lost in OT but Garon and the D looked good, the offense had many chances but just couldn’t find the back of the net, and Pushkarov looked good.
Tonight has a strange story with it. Annette and I decided to go to tonight’s game because it was College night and since we have IDs from our graduate work at Pepperdine, the tickets were only going to cost $10. To minimize our hassle, I decided to call our ticket rep so he could get the tickets for us and save me the effort to get my credit card authorize while standing at the box office. I wasn’t sure he could do this but I figured it was worth a try. Good thing I did. It turns out that college night, contrary to the Kings website and ads on Fox Sports Net, is next Thursday and continues for every Thursday for the rest of the season. Crap, I thought, no tickets for the game. Our rep could hear the disappointment in my voice, I guess, and he told me that he would see if you could find me some comp tickets for me. He wasn’t promising anything and that they would probably be upstairs. Upstairs was fine, especially if they were comp. Turns out he found us tickets downstairs, at about the same distance away from the ice as our normal seats. Sweet. My ticket rep rocks.
Nope, there’s not a three point shot in hockey yet. The Kings managed to beat the Red Wings for their second win in a row. The Kings hadn’t beat the Red Wings since the Frenzy on Figueroa. Ok, it wasn’t that long ago but it seemed like it. October 12, 2002 according to the Kings website. This means that many of the Kings had never beat Detroit.
Garon looked good. Anze went by all 5 Red Wings to draw the penalty that lead to Cammy’s game winner. Avery had a number of chances and finally converted on an empty netter. All-in-all, a good game.
Well, the Kings beat the Blue Jackets. It was a nice game, 3-0 shutout, Cammy a goal and assist, a nice give and go between Aves and Frolov, Garon in goal. Overall, a good game. The game was a bit chippy and there were some pretty marginal hits by both teams. It seemed that neither team held back on any hit, even when the other player was in a bad position.
Saturday is the dreaded Red Wings. Here’s hoping for some wins.
So, the Kings lost two more and are well on their way to the bottom of the Western Conference. I doubt they’ll catch the Flyers for worst overall record. The fun part of this season has been watching the younger players grow. Kopitar, Frolov, Cammy. I wish O’Sullivan was still around.
The interesting news was the Alyn McCauley is back after a long stint on the disabled list. It should be interesting to see how well he plays.
More Ducks are injured. Pronger is out with a broken foot now. It should be fun to watch the Ducks boards after each loss. The Ducks will make the playoffs but how well they do could depend on how healthy they are going in.
Finally, there’s a cool Kings picture.