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?


I know.  That Corey Perry is a real greedy piece of shit.

Anze Kopitar was born in Slovenia and speaks better English than this guy.

The best argument for using punctuation I’ve seen in some time.

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.

Tufficult out.

-King Tufficult (@KingTufficult)

As a child, King Tufficult liked to hang out at Iceoplex to watch his dad’s summer skating group that included many gloriously mulleted individuals. Some of the people attached to those mullets played for the early 90′s LA Kings. It was destiny. Since then, King Tufficult is best known for extensively traveling in Europe during the Cup Finals and writing “The Post” after Game 6 of the 2014 WCF. If you're a glutton for punishment, you can follow King Tufficult on Twitter @KingTufficult.