Our Own Worst Enemy
That first period was as close to complete and total domination that a hockey team can achieve. Nearly every shift, the Los Angeles Kings offense controlled the puck in the Nashville Predators zone. The Kings forwards cycled, performed cross ice puck movement and completely involved the defense as well. You couldn’t ask for a better game from this team. Yes, they lost. But I don’t care. They played a solid, solid game. They had the misfortune of going against a hot goaltender but in the process Erik Ersberg looked more and more like a true #1 goalie.
Forget about 18 year old Drew Doughty’s late penalty… it was the Kings management who made the biggest mistake of the night and caused the Kings loss. You never do an on camera interview with a celebrity whose TV show had just been cancelled in the 3rd Period. It’s just one of those unspoken old time hockey rules.