Shoot the Glass!
What an completely asinine rule! I understand calling a penalty if a player in the defensive zone intentionally shoots the puck over the glass… I mean, I actually applauded the NHL when they introduced that rule a few years ago. It eliminated an easy way for defensemen to get a whistle under pressure… but 19 Year Old Drew Doughty shot the puck from the neutral zone!!! over the glass of the opposing net!!! on a penalty kill!!! and he didn’t “deliberately” try to shoot it over the glass!!! There is no rhyme or reason to why that should be a penalty. Oh, and guess what… teams that play strong defensive systems, like what the Kings have turned into, they score less. But it’s pretty hard to score less than 7 goals in the last 5 games! So say goodbye to any hope of the explosive offense the Kings were once rumored to have. Coach Murray has bred a “shut-down” defensive team in the model of the New Jersey Devils of the 90′s or Minnesota Wild of the 00′s. So last year, the Kings biggest problem was keeping the pucks out of their own net… while this year, they can’t hit water if they fell out of a boat.
Brian Hayward is just awful as a color announcer. He’s egotistical for no apparent reason, he overreacts to EVERYTHING and all he did during tonight’s game was repeat over and over and over that the Kings were not sending any forecheckers into the defensive zone. Great analysis, Brian. Plus, he agreed to this segment (which I assume is a regular segment, Ducks fans?):
Play by Play announcer John Ahlers is just as bad. And there must be something going on in his personal life that has allowed him to use the word “rimming” non-stop when referring to a puck’s movement along the boards. As in “Pronger rims it around the boards.” And tonight during the Ducks-Kings broadcast he broke out this beauty:
In case you where wondering he just said “Los Angeles has not won a game in any of their last 12 victories where they gave up more than 2 goals.”
Say what you will about the beautiful and talented Los Angeles Kings sideline reporter Heidi Androl… but I’d rather have her interviewing quasi-celebrities and talking about hockey charity functions than listen to one more word from this fake tan from the Ducks broadcast crew: