TRH RECAP – ANAHEIM DUCKS ROUND 2 GAME 4: QUACKDOWN
DUCKS 2, KINGS 0
The Ducks started a 20-year-old goalie in Game 4 who had a grand total of three prior NHL games, guaranteeing them a shutout victory and giving Kings fans something to drink about on Mother’s Day. Yes, John Gibson became the youngest goalie in NHL history to record a shutout in his first playoff game, snapping Anze Kopitar’s incredible points streak in the process.
Like The Royal Half himself would say, our chances of being able to lose to the Blackhawks in the Conference Final is looking a little bit shakier these days, though we all knew that the first postseason meeting between these teams would not be an easy road.
As I watched the game, I was struck by a number of things about the team’s play:
- Slava Voynov – what happened to this guy? I hardly notice him anymore except when he winds up and takes an ill-advised slap shot into a Duck’s shin, then stands around glumly for a moment while he realizes he did it AGAIN. Seriously, I think I saw him shake his head in disbelief after yet another blocked shot attempt last night.
- Anze Kopitar – I haven’t seen a guy carry the biscuit with such purpose and determination since I spotted Rob Ford leaving a Tim Horton’s. I mean, Kopi is one of the only guys on the team in the last couple of games who is consistently making plays in the offensive zone every time he gets on the ice. Thank God for Kopi.
- Robyn Regehr – Holy SHIT was this guy invisible last night!
- Darryl Sutter – I liked Jeremy Roenick’s insight into the Kafka-esque inner mind of Sutter, giving us a glimpse at why he pulled Quick (he was pissed at the team’s defensive zone play) and his overall locker room disposition (spiteful!)
Apparently you guys out there in the Twitter-verse noticed some things about these teams’ play in Game 4, as well. Let’s take a look, shall we?
TUFFICULT’S TOP TWEETS: QUACKDOWN EDITION
Boudreau just said he was worried about "that corsi statistic shit" coming back to haunt him as Kings came on in 2nd
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) May 11, 2014
— PumperNicholl (@PumperNicholl) May 11, 2014
Well it only took 3 1/3 games but I'm breaking my vow to never question this team again.
— All The Kings Men (@KingsMenPodcast) May 11, 2014
Is this what Leafs fans feel like
— McKenna Nicholls (@mckennanicholls) May 11, 2014
if the Kings are gonna pull this out in 6 anyway, whatever. if the motherfucking Ducks are winning this series now, I've had a nice life
— John Carroll (@toshanshuinLA) May 11, 2014
I call this masterpiece "We already have two goals and John Gibson, so let's just call it a night!" pic.twitter.com/BKEKrPdhTA
— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) May 11, 2014
That's was like getting a bag of dicks for Christmas. See you at game 5. #LAKings
— The Mouth (@TheMouthLAKings) May 11, 2014
"And that's hockey blogger V.I. Warshawski getting a pie in the face from some Sacramento Kings fans." – an LA TV news anchor later tonight.
— Dan Saraceni (@cultureoflosing) May 11, 2014
— Brian McCarthy (@brianmccarthy1) May 11, 2014
@theroyalhalf Engbloom just said Jake Kipitar
— Florida (@bbry) May 11, 2014
Corey Perry being Corey Perry. https://t.co/8yhhazaQH1
— Brian Rowland (@brianrowland) May 11, 2014
L.A. Kings fans haven't been this nervous since someone asked them to name a player on the team.
— Happy Gilmore (@_Happy_Gilmore) May 11, 2014
The biggest thing I hate about ducks is that I can't go and eat a loaf of bread in peace at the park. Like fuck off man I paid for this.
— Bob.D (@bobdeeee) May 11, 2014
I know. That Corey Perry is a real greedy piece of shit.
ducks ducks ducks fuck the kings fkn Queens woooooooo never under estimated the heart of a champion dumbass people though it was over
— Carlos (PS3 MUT) (@BirdGang3626) May 11, 2014
Anze Kopitar was born in Slovenia and speaks better English than this guy.
The Anaheim Ducks' goalie is 20 years old in the Stanley cup playoffs and here I am trying to figure out which way to go fuck myself
— nick lomonaco (@BignickyL) May 11, 2014
The best argument for using punctuation I’ve seen in some time.
Smith-Pelly can suck my fucking left nut. Fuck the ducks! #GoKingsGo
— Callum (@CallumLK) May 11, 2014
@socalhockeykid You're a ducks fan shut the fuck up and go eat an orange
— Opinionated Fan (@RoyalVoyager) May 11, 2014
I believe this is a clear lesson in hubris. Be more hubrisy. Don't half ass it. Fucking Ducks. Seriously. Fuck.
— Prof Scientist PhD (@fruitsareedible) May 11, 2014
WHY THE FUCK ARE THERE DUCKS IN MY POOL
— zig zāg zig. (@vmbxr_) May 11, 2014
You can always tell when a Duck has been in your pool – strands of Getzlaf’s hair clogging the pool filter, trying to escape his face… Corey Perry’s suction cups floating to the surface… and of course, John Gibson is young enough to freely pee while swimming.
See you for Game 5.
-King Tufficult (@KingTufficult)