I didn’t get a chance to review the 2-1 win over Carolina from Thursday. That game was all about our underachieving powerplay coming through for us, and Boucher not getting the shutout he deserved. We dominated in the first, but didn’t score. We sat back more in the second, didn’t score, but didn’t give anything up either. In the third, Carter and Briere each tallied with a man up, I figured we’d buckle down at that point. Nope. A minute after taking the 2-0 lead, we blew the clean sheet, and just held on for a regular old W.
The moment(s) of the game came courtesy of Braydon Coburn. He crushed Jeff Skinner twice in one shift, definitely pissing the rookie off. When Skinner came in with a late hit, he got called for it and went to the box. He skated by the ref as the zebra was announcing the call, and shrieked a few choice words at him. At that moment, his voice cracked and he sounded like a kid going through puberty. High comedy!
Now, back to Zherdev. I’ll have to admit, I didn’t really watch him that closely all season long, unless he had the puck. There were moments when I noticed him when he was throwing some hits and making plays. But he’s been benched plenty of times this season, and I wanted to really see why. And in this game, it was pretty obvious. His heart is just not in every game, and it shows. Rather than take the body, he tried a few stick checks in the offensive zone. He had plenty of chances to forecheck correctly, but just didn’t do it. I noticed that right at the start of the game, and if I noticed, then obviously Laviolette noticed. Which explains why Z was on the ice for 7:25. If you don’t try, you won’t play. He’s gonna have to work hard in practice to earn another chance. But I have a feeling that as the trading deadline looms closer, he might be the one to go.
Back to LA for a moment. The Kings are on a “Grammy Road Trip” since their building was used for last nights award show. I watched, and all I have to say is that the Staples Center would have gotten a much more quality show if they’d had hockey rather than that crap. Boring songs, unexplainable categories, and very few cool moments. Or maybe I’m just bitter about the boring game from the afternoon. Whatever. Screw you LA.
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Topics: Braydon Coburn, Brian Boucher, Carolina Hurricanes, Dan Carcillo, Danny Briere, Drew Doughty, Grammy's, Jeff Carter, Jeff Skinner, Jody Shelley, Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, Nikolai Zherdev, Peter Laviolette, Philadelphia Flyers, Scott Hartnell, Ville Leino