Decade of Dominance Begins…


Sometimes a picture is worth a 1000 words. Is there any better way to describe the Los Angeles Kings victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday than Brad Richardson farting on Alexander Ovechkin’s head? I think not.

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Kings 2, Capitals 1

The term “playoff atmosphere” gets thrown around a lot these days when referencing regular season games between teams. But Saturday at the Staples Center… there was no better adjective to describe the game action. Sold-out crowd, a good mixture of Washington fans and some stellar goaltending from both sides. Now, I consider myself to be a pretty knowledgeable hockey fan… I don’t even have a west coast bias towards the Eastern Conference. But when I saw the goalie for the Capitals take his place in net… I had absolutely no idea who he was.

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Star of High School Musical? Or NHL Goaltender?
YOU DECIDE!
Captials rookie Michal Neuvirth did a fine job in net, but Jonathan Quick stood on his head the entire game, shutting down the NHL’s best offense. On Friday, Jonathan Quick was selected as a member of the US Olympic team. Sure, Quick’s odds of actually getting into an Olympic game are about slim to none… but this is a great honor indeed. (Along with Dustin Brown and Jack Johnson (!)… Brian Burke sure loves him some American-born Los Angeles Kings.) In Quick’s last 16 games he’s 10-5-1 with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. I’d say that’s pretty good.
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I mean, does this guy strike fear in the hearts of the Canadian Olympic team or what?
I think the biggest stat from Saturday’s win against the Washington Capitals is this one:
3 games     0 goals     3 assists     3 points    -4  +/-
And just whose stats would those be? Why those are wünder-forward Alexander Ovechkin’s career stats at the Staples Center. Over the past 3 years, the Kings have really have been able to shut down one of the NHL’s most prolific scorers.

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“Randy Newman is an idiot. I hate LA!”

Drew Doughty has done a great job of keeping Ovechkin off the scoresheet the two times he’s played against the great Russian… and combined with his new-found Olympic stardom… Doughty is gaining more fans with each game. Just check out this young lady that sat in front of us at the game.

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In case you can’t read backwards,
the sign says “Doughty… let’s hang out!”
Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy was still on the East Coast for the Holidays… so good Friend of The Royal Half (FOTRH) and former guest blogger, Brian, made it out to the game with me. Brian generally makes it to 1 or 2 games with us a season and he seemed really impressed with this Kings team. But he seemed even more impressed with the meatball subs we had before the game.
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So here starts a stretch of 9 games for the Kings where 7 of them are against Western Conference opponents. There is no better time for the Kings to be firing on all cylinders than right now and they will need it Monday night in San Jose against the Sharks. 2010… here we come!
The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones.You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter @TheRoyalHalf.