Coach Fight!!!

You want to see what would make thousands (okay, hundreds… okay, tens) of Los Angeles Kings fans across the world collectively hold their breath? Okay, I’ll show you… but I warned you first!

kopi down!

You’ve got to be kidding me.

And in this case… a picture is nowhere near the thousand words you get from this video:

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Dion Phaneuf… if you were already upset at not making the Canadian Olympic team instead of a 20 year old kid who has only been in the league 2 years… then tonight, you really didn’t do such a great job convincing Steve Yzerman that he made the wrong move. Let’s break it down, huh?

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See that little black spot just below the yellow line? That’s the puck.
Looks close to the play, right?

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See that little black spot just over the referee’s left shoulder?
The puck looks a little farther away, huh?

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Oh yeah, now that I look at it, that puck is nowhere fucking near that hit.

So don’t listen to what every single Calgary Flames blog is going to say in the morning. (I love that Flames Forum said Kopitar embellished the hit!?!) It didn’t matter that the icing was waved off at the last second. Dion Phaneuf was not going for the puck. Anze Kopitar was. But when Phaneuf crushed Kopitar into the boards… the puck was nowhere near the play. Even though the icing was waved off at the last second, Phaneuf should have been aware of NHL Rule 81.1. And I quote:

“Any contact between opposing players while pursuing the puck on an icing must be for the sole purpose of playing the puck and not for eliminating the opponent from playing the puck. Unnecessary or dangerous contact could result in penalties being assessed to the offending player.”

I think the 5 minute major for boarding and the game misconduct was the right call. As it’s been said in the past… it’s these types of plays that are going to injure NHL players. Hell… even Don Cherry wants no-touch icing in the game of hockey. And he loves hits! Anze Kopitar is lucky that he made it out of Phaneuf’s death grip in one piece… there is no denying it was a brutal hit. Just check out the mark the dasher board made on Kopitar’s left cheek:

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Yeah, those 2 dimples on his cheek were not there when the game started.

Actually, all the hit did was give Kopitar the chance to try out for the newest musical on Broadway, Young Frankenstein.

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“There, wolf. There, castle.”

So what is the natural response in a game where the first 5 minutes have been full of big hits? COACH FIGHT!!!

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In case you missed it on the video… The Royal Half has received footage of this Coach Fight™ in super slo-mo:

mad temu

“Screw you and the brothers you rode in on.”

evil sutter

“Harumph!”
(Is it just me or does Brent Sutter look like EVERY 80′s movie Russian KGB agent?)
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“You won’t believe what he just said about my brothers!”

Oh right, this all went down in the first 5 minutes… there actually was a full game played after this donnybrook. Well, at least the Los Angeles Kings are consistent when it comes to playing the Calgary Flames. 4 games played, 3 of the games end at 2-1. I secretly hope these 2 teams end up facing each other in the 1st round of the playoffs. (The Kings as the 4th seed, of course)
Kings 1, Flames 2
4 losses in a row and now the Kings sit in 8th place in the Western Conference. 11 goals in their last 6 games. Yeah, I’d say it’s time to start panicking as a Kings fan. The only thing scarier than this game tonight? Turning on Center Ice and thinking that Drew Doughty has been traded to Calgary.
canada dough
No, he didn’t get traded to Calgary.
He’ll just sign with them when the Kings can’t afford him because he’s a free agent.
Oh and for those of you that have been following PurcellWatch09… (umm… there is even a Twitter tag for it now!!!)… Scott Parse would like to say something.
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“Hey Teddy… that’s 2 goals in 2 games on the 3rd line.
How’s those Top 6 minutes working out for ya?
The Kings are back in action against the Minnesota Wild on New Year’s Eve. The game is on at 5pm in LA, so I’m trying to decide if I want to ruin my New Year’s Eve on the earlier side or not.
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.