TRH Recap: All About the Benjamins

Do you ever get the feeling that Mike Richards and Dustin Brown talk mad shit behind their linemate Dustin Penner’s back?

Yeah… no, really, Dustin. That’s a great backcheck the way you swing your stick at the guy from 3 feet away.
I also think that purse goes well with your white jersey.“ 

I don’t want to say that Mike Richards is quickly becoming the greatest Los Angeles King ever… but tonight he did this. On purpose.

KINGS 2, COYOTES 0

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We here at The Royal Half could sit here all night and talk about how amazing of a player Mike Richards is right now and how the level of game he brings to the Los Angeles Kings is unlike any they’ve ever had before from a 2nd line center. But we’ll save that for when he scores his 2nd goal. No, Thursday nights victory against the Phoenix Coyotes was about one player… and one player only.

Jon Quick is so money. Literally.

That’s right, Jonathan Douglas Quick is now 100-66-13 in his young NHL career as a Los Angeles King goaltender. And you know what being a Los Angeles Kings goaltender usually means, right? Mediocrity!

Get it? Quickest!

But it’s good to know that Jon Quick’s meteoric rise to greatness hasn’t changed him one bit.

Is it me… or is Jon Quick looking like Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation more and more each day?

Yes.

Thankfully, Jon Quick isn’t the only player stepping up his game for the 4-1-1 Kings right now. 

That is the craziest group of names in a scoring stat I’ve ever seen.

But of course, the real guy leading the charge for the Kings is Anze Kopitar.

“So I mean… you only had 1 point tonight. So that chemistry with Gagne is over, right?
Don’t you think it’s the perfect time to see what you and I can do together?
Remember those couple games last March?”

“Naw… I’m good, thanks.”

Yeah, I’d say that this line has survived without Dustin Penner on the left wing.

How unstoppable does Anze Kopitar feel right now?

Unstoppable enough to wear this hat, that’s how much. 

Christ… even Ethan Moreau is fitting nicely into this team.

Ethan Moreau may be playing well… but that lizard is still going to score more goals than him this season.

I stopped making fun of Ethan Moreau’s age during this game… mainly because the Phoenix Coyotes top line is Ray Whitney, Daymond Langkow and Shane Doan.

The Coyotes website really should update the photos of those guys. 
This is from last season.

Let me see here… we are stopping the other teams from scoring and we are scoring goals.
I need to fix this immediately.

Hey, Coach Murray… sweet buttons on your sleeve there. I’m pretty sure Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy
had the same blazer from the Husky section of JCPenney when he was 6

The announced attendance in Phoenix for a Thursday evening game against a division rival with a stacked lineup was 7,128. Hey, Phoenix… do us all a favor… when you move to Quebec City… don’t call yourselves the Nordiques. It makes it really awkward. 

I think the kid in the left corner made a wrong turn off the 10 freeway.

It might be time to grow that mustache back… because without Bryzgalov…
you will be frowning a lot this season.
Seriously, though. Have you ever seen such a literal frown on a coaches face?!?

Look, everyone can write all they want about the attendance woes in Phoenix. But only Mike Richards can seem awesome while being a total dick about it.

Right now, it’s feeling great to be a Los Angeles Kings fan. Sure, it’s only 6 games into the season and we all know it will eventually fall apart. But this team is clicking on all cylinders right now… Anze Kopitar is playing like a #1 center. Mike Richards is doing EVERYTHING he was brought here to do. Jon Quick has back-to-back shutouts and a .96 GAA and a .976 Save %. Justin Williams is flying down the wing. Ethan Moreau is providing stability to the bottom lines. Willie Mitchell and Rob Scuderi are anchoring the defense. And even Kyle Clifford decided to show up to the 2011-2012 NHL season… with a pass from Kevin Westgarth. Oh… and Drew Doughty will be back soon. I wish there was some way to visually represent how I feel right now watching this team.

Nope, too serial killer.

Nope, too Charlie Manson.

Nailed it.

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.