Rock Bottom

I mentioned in yesterday’s Gameday how much fun I had recapping the first LA Kings vs. Florida Panthers match-up back in November. I cannot say that I’m having much fun writing this recap right now.

In years past, and by years past I mean the last three years, the Kings’ regular seasons have been defined by prolong, profound scoring droughts. In 2011-2012, that was remedied by the acquisition of Jeff Carter (and ridding-of Jack Johnson). In the shortened 2012-2013, it was remedied by Robyn Regehr…well, let’s say that his play on the defensive end helped the Kings back to the Western Conference Final.

Last season, it was the trade that brought Marian Gaborik to town. With the trade deadline less than a month away, it will be interesting to see who the Kings look to acquire.

To The Game

I love the Panthers; I really do. I first started writing about hockey for the now-defunct Panther Parkway (RIP). I coined the greatest nickname outside of Connor McDavid’s “Dave” (also coined by yours truly) in hockey: Nick Bjugstad’s “Bjugles.” I’m also the type of fan that doesn’t mind losses to sad sack teams like, say, the Panthers.

But following a series of losses that can only be described as “disheartening,” and given the fact that we have reached the point in the season where the playoffs are no longer a distant proposition. At this point in the season, a loss to the Panthers a missed opportunity at two points. A loss where a lead was given-up late in the game is just sad.

First Period

I watched the first and second periods on the Panthers’ broadcast to get a better feel for the game (and because Bob is getting pretty confused). There was some interesting banter between Hall of Famer Denis Potfin and Bill Lindsay, with questions served-up by 15-year-old Drew Goldfarb, but I had to turn the broadcast when they began screaming bloody murder on a Drew Doughty “hit” on Jonathan Huberdeau, who really sold the interference call that never came. Jim Fox, on the other hand, acknowledged that there was “some contact.”

The first period was marred by some pretty terrible defensive plays by the Kings. There were multiple 3-on-2 opportunities for the Panthers, and they finally cashed in on a nifty one-timer form Aleksander Barkov. He’s pretty dreamy, in a Scandinavian/caveman sense.

Although he may have contributed negatively to the whole “playing defense” thing, Jamie McBain really does have a nose for the net. He fired a slap shot at a pretty difficult angle, and while it looked like it was tipped by the stick of the defender, or Anze Kopitar, it was credited to McBain.

Second Period

I’ll put it this way: aside from Drew Doughty running into poor Jonathan Huberdeau, the only noteworthy thing that happened in the second period was that I cooked dinner (chicken and rice). I watched the game while doing so, don’t worry.

Third Period

The third period really couldn’t have gotten off to a better start for the Kings. Alex Petrovic was cited for interfering with Dwight King, who did a pretty good job at selling it, and the Kings were able to capitalize on the power play, with Anze Kopitar calmly corraling a puck in traffic and dishing it to Marian Gaborik in the slot.

A few minutes later, Nick “Bjugles” Bjudstad tied the game up with a nifty move to beat Quick.

I had a friend who spend half of freshman year rolling Bugler cigarettes.

I had a friend who spend half of freshman year rolling Bugler cigarettes.


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Quick stopped 17-of-20 shots, while Roberto Luongo stopped 29 of 31.


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John Siegel is a lunatic who writes about hockey, east coast bias, and content marketing. He rarely takes anything seriously, there's a good chance he's drinking right now. You can follow him on Twitter @JVNSiegel but you probably shouldn’t.