The Quick and the Dead

OTTAWA - FEBRUARY 3: Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings congratulates teammate Jonathan Quick #32 for his shutout win over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on February 3, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)Game 49: Kings 1, Senators 0

I hate not having access to games live. It sucks, especially when the Kings turn in quite the performance, shutting out the Senators in a game that they were really tested by Ottawa. It's a great game in the view of an appropriate response to the Kings last game, a heart-breaking loss to the Canadiens.

The Kings were out-powered, out-passioned and out-prided (What? You see where I'm going.) The Senators came out at put the screws to the Kings, but the difference was Quick, who played solid all game. I also caught a replay of the move Drew Doughty put on the Sens, with the commentary from the Ottawa announcers, marvelling just how good this kid is. Speaking of Doughty, he led all skaters in ice time.

Never mind the fact that the Kings' power play was anemic. Disregard Kopitar's faceoff hiccups. And try not to focus on the fact Brown had zero hits this game. Take this victory for what is was, a nice surprise from a young team. Hopefully, the Kings can build off of this game and bring the pain Thursday against the Caps.

• AP: Senators fall to Kings in Clouston’s debut
“Their best player was their goaltender tonight in Quick. He was very, very solid,” Clouston said. “We had some opportunities and he’s very athletic. We just couldn’t capitalize on our chances.”
• LA Times: Jim Fox: It wasn't pretty but Kings persevere and win, 1-0
The Kings' Drew Doughty goes end to end with one of his take-it-and-go rushes and draws a hooking call against Vermette with 5:36 to go. Doughty shows again that he is an impact player who wants the puck on his stick with the game on the line.  I don’t think it is too much of a stretch to say that so far this season Doughty might be the Kings' best player -- and he is only 19 years old.
• TSN: Senators get blanked in Clouston's coaching debut
"You had to expect them to come out with a bit of jump with the new coach there," said Kings netminder Jonathan Quick. "They had a good first period and in the second period you could tell they were really trying to pour it on put the defence played great. The difference was a greasy goal at the end there."
• Yahoo: Team report
It was a curious bit of timing for the Murray brothers. Bryan Murray, the Ottawa Senators’ general manager, fired coach Craig Hartsburg on Monday and replaced him with Cory Clouston, one day before the Kings were to come to town. The Kings are coached by Terry Murray, Bryan’s younger brother. Tim Murray, a nephew to both Bryan and Terry, is an assistant general manager for the Senators.
They said it
“We didn’t believe he deserved a penalty, let alone a suspension. When you stop the tape, his elbow is clearly down, and at the point of contact his feet are on the ice. They both ended up halfway up the boards, so it’s not a charge. I understand when you see it at full speed and the way they end up on top of each other, it looks more criminal than it is. When you slowed it down, was his elbow down? Yes. Were his feet on the ice at the point of impact? Yes.”—Kings GM Dean Lombardi, on the five-game suspension given to defenseman Denis Gauthier.
Looking through purple-hued googles

• A Queen Among Kings: Bored to tears
Hands down, the worst call was a tripping penalty against Drew Doughty in the second half of the second period. He had to chase down a Sen and as he was going stride-for-stride, Doughty took the inside lane to the goal mouth, did his usual splay in front of the net, and swung his stick around to hit the puck off the Sens' stick. He was successful but apparently his elbow caught the guy's foot a split second before his stick made contact with the puck. Maybe it's because I've seen Doughty do this move successfully many times that I got pissed when he was assessed a penalty! It looked clean! Wait a second, that's right, I'm biased.
• The Royal Half: Stream Weaver
Sure it's 7 teams all battling for one spot... but it's closer to the playoffs than the Kings have been in a long while so I'll take it while it lasts. It does make you wonder where the Kings could be today if they could have won a couple of those games they let get away earlier in the season... Denis Gauthier I'm looking at you!
From the other side of the ice, the Ottawa view

Here's a funny bit of blogging from Five For Smiting...

6:55 p.m. EST: And If I'm Wrong, May We All Be Horribly Crushed From Above Somehow
Not only will we win, but we will crush the Kings. The Captain will consume them with lightning bolts from his eyes and fire from his arse. Or is it the other way around? Not sure, haven't seen the movie in a while.
10:05 p.m. EST: Um...Yeah. About All That Stuff I Said
See, here's the thing. I forgot the wee fact that we have no talent.
• Ottawa Sun: Kings goalie spoils Clouston's debut as Sens lay another egg
 The Senators played with more energy in Clouston's debut, but that didn't spark the offence. And it wasn't enough to stop Jonathan Quick from making 29 saves, handing the Senators their sixth shutout of the season.
• Black Aces: A Positive Loss
And just like predicted, the Senators came out strong and won the majority of battles in both ends of the ice. But the Kings played a patient road game and just waited for their one chance to make a difference and they got it late in the third period when Michael Handzus slipped a wraparound through Brian Elliott, who otherwise had a stellar game in the nets.
• Scarlett Ice: Plain Ol' Challenged
In Cory Clouston's debut as the interim head coach, the team played much better defensively but still couldn't muster anything on the offense. Both rookie goaltenders played well but something is wrong when you can't get anything past Jonathan Quick (Who? Exactly).
Peeping the dailies

 

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