WEEK 20 (Feb 24 – Mar 2)

Los Angeles Kings (34-22-6)

GIF That Best Represents the Past Week for the LA Kings:


The Kings winning like this is both exciting and confusing for their fans.


Mike Richards’ EER(Emoji Efficiency Rating):

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This past week, and even long before that, Mike Richards has shown us the versatility of the thumbs up emoji. So for you suckers who are wasting time, using more than just one emoji, here’s a quick review of the many ways that it can be used:



As a congratulations


To send your girlfriend birthday wishes


To express satisfaction with the success of a fellow countryman (female category)


To display contentment during an especially enjoyable experience


 To express satisfaction with the success of a fellow countryman (male category)


In review of a positive dining experience


To express satisfaction with the success of a fellow countryman (male category) … again


As a hashtag?


For more vacation pics, I guess


OK, we get it buddy, you went to Hawaii


As a sick burn


When finally getting to an LA landmark, after two and a half years


In support of your favorite baseball team


Oh, come on man


Return of the Spec:

You may remember that journalist and ice cream expert, Mark Spector has had run-ins with Kings bloggers in the past.

But this week he had a run-in with a blogger from a real hockey town.

 Just to clarify, Mark Spector took exception with @mc79hockey‘s tweet, harkening back to Spec’s run-in with Oilers coach, Dallas Eakins (is it just me, or does this guy seem to have a lot of run-ins?). He was so excited to fire off his witty retort that he didn’t realize he was logged into the Professional Hockey Writers Association’s twitter account. 


This bit of information led to an interesting discovery by our own Pumpernicholl.

It takes a big man to anonymously support his own opinion. This should all be a lesson that anytime you dig a little bit into what Spec is saying, he usually looks pretty silly.

So apparently, Mark Spector has one retort chambered at all times: “If you think it’s so easy, why don’t you come ask the questions.”

Yup, pretty much.


Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (43-14-5)

GIF That Best Represents the Past Week for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim:

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Even after the Olympics, I’m sure Teemu Selanne has plenty left in the tank to finish out the season.

The Worst of the Worst from @ducksfanzone:

This week, here is DFZ’s reaction to the Ryan Miller trade… juxtaposed with that of rational bloggers everywhere…


How I Spent My Olympic Vacation, by Dustin Penner:

We’ll cover a couple other players’ use of the Olympic break later, but we all know Dustin Penner must have had the most fun, so let’s just checkout his first.

He was hanging out at the Newport Beach Sharkeez, to the surprise of nobody.

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He made some very timely movie references.

He made a trip to South Beach

It must have been nice to flee the dreary winter of Newport Beach, in favor of the warmth of Miami.

That’s exactly how you should look when returning from a few days partying in Miami. Nice work big guy. You are a modern day Will Smith.


He watched some of his fellow Ducks in the Olympic semifinal game, and made the same joke as everybody else.

He wore a very tiny shirt.

He rested up for the playoff run. Can you imagine how much more likable the Ducks would be if we swapped out Perry and Getzlaf for those two?

The only thing less surprising than Dustin Penner hanging out at the Newport Sharkeez is Dustin Penner at an EDM show.

And of course, he worked on his honey-do list.



First Round, Best use of the Olympic Break:


The clear winner is Jarret Stoll (via Erin Andrew’s Instagram account):

Oh you’re on the beach with your beautiful, famous, super successful girlfriend? Cool. He also gets bonus points for being there with former(and beloved) Kings player, Brad Richardson:

and Robyn Regehr(whose wife was tagged in this post):

In what world does Erin Andrews vacation with Robyn Regehr?


We have a tie for the Ducks’ best:

Nick Bonino, who took his girlfriend segwaying … 

and Matt Beleskey, who spent his break with his dog and his dip.

Winner: Matt Frattin, the bro-iest bro who ever bro-ed


Second Round, War of Words:

Kings: Jeff Carter via LA Kings Insider:

On his Olympic experience: It was a lot of fun. I had a great experience to go over and play with guys – with and against – of that caliber. It was a real good experience for me, and obviously the end result was pretty nice, too.

That was from an article titled “Jeff Carter OPENS UP About Winning Gold.” 

Ducks: Bruce Boudreau via the LA Times:

On Teemu Selanne’s return from the Olympics: “I said, ‘You played great, and you’re going to get an opportunity to play great here. Hopefully, it can continue. Hopefully, you’re not too tired,’ ”

No Bruce, I’m sure the 42 year old guy isn’t too tired after helping carry Team Finland to a bronze medal.

Winner: FYI, Jon Rosen is a Dances With Wolves fan


Third Round, Video Highlight of the Week:


All of a sudden, all Robyn Regehr is a scoring machine. See:


That short-handed goal was Andrew Cogliano’s, career high, 19th goal of the season. This is one of those times when none of us should care if a performance is sustainable. These kind of seasons are just fun to watch.

Winner: #Joner

WINNER OF THE WEEK: We still love Davis Drewiske.

He has his name on the Cup.


He used his day with it in a pretty awesome way.


And he was a guest DJ on KCRW, where he proved that not all hockey players have horrible taste in music.


A rambling man, Hrudey can't be tied to any one team. But because he's too cheap for NHL Gamecenter, his NHL universe consists only of Ducks and Kings broadcasts. What he lacks in knowledge of the actual sport of hockey, he makes up for in snark and pop culture references. You can follow Hrudey Can't Fail on Twitter @HrudeyCantFail.