Category Archives: Game Recaps

Buffalo Sabres: The Cure For What Ails You

1206-kings1.jpg
Blake and Johnson get another start on D, along with Kopitar, Ivanans and Zeiler. The big news is Jon Quick is starting in goal for the Kings. Aubin has played in the last two games for the Kings, and with back-to-back games, Crawford decided to go with his young goaltender.

Zeiler gets whistled 20 seconds into the game for interference, as the Kings go on the penalty kill. Kopitar and O’Sullivan out for the first shift, and played well. Dustin Brown gets a breakaway, but whiffs on it, as the Sabres turn and go.

The crowd is really animated, and I see a lot of Sabres jerseys. Although, they aren’t the new ones, but rather the old throwback blue ones, with the original buffalo over the crossed sabres logo.

Jack Johnson shoots the puck in, and Thibault skates behind to play the puck. Kopitar intercepts Thibault’s clearing pass, and feeds Cammalleri for an easy goal. It’s the second game in a row for Cammy to score. Looks like being reunited with Kopitar is a good thing.

Armstrong tries to skate in to redirect a pass in front of Thibault, and gets hit with interference for the Kings’ second PK. Kopitar and O’Sullivan are out there again to kill the penalty, with Nagy and Handzus on the other.
Dustin Brown knocks a one-timer from Johnson by the blueline past Thibault for his 12th goal of the season. The Kings are dominating this game thus far. The Sabres look as if they played last night, which, of course, they did.
Nice production out of the fourth line tonight.

Mair and Spacek get two minutes a piece for roughing, and cammy gets two for the same. Cammalleri and Spacek lock up for a little how-do-you-do behind the net as play is stopped.

Nice little two-on-one against the Kings is halted when Quick snaps the puck out of the air. It was an impressive save, as he slid over with the pass.

The DAM line comes close to another score, when Brown feeds Kopitar out in front. He gets a few whacks at it, but the puck is shooed away. That line is scary good, attacking with gusto every time they are on the ice. Cammalleri is playing a little more physical, and Brown is playing a little more smart. That is good for the Kings, bad for their opponents.

The Kings get a power play, as Calder, Nagy and Armstrong take the faceoff deep in Buffalo’s zone. Preissing beats Thibault side for a power play goal. Stuart and Nagy get the assists. It was a methodical goal, whereas the line out there doesn’t have the flash of the DAM line. But it was effective.

Seconds later, Modry scored to make it 4-0, this time beating Thibault glove side. Visnovsky and Kopitar get the assists.

So far, the Kings have outshot the Sabres, 14-4. It’s the type of effort I was hoping for against this team. Dustin Brown had three hits in the first, adding to his league lead.

First period: Kings 4, Sabres 0

The Kings get a short-handed goal, when Brown evades a Buffalo defender as he skates in on goal. He shoots, and the rebound goes to Handzus, who pops it in for his second goal of the season. Amazingly, coach Lindy Ruff is staying with Thibault.

1206-kings2.jpg
The Sabres get two penalties within a minute of each other to give L.A. a two-man advantage. And guess what? Armstrong finally gets a tally in the goal column. Kopitar gets his third point of the game, matching his season-high. And the Kings are not letting off the gas.

The Kings get another power play, when Brown scores his second of the game, for his eighth. He has never had a hat trick in his young career, and I’m pretty sure Kopitar and Cammalleri will be feeding Number 23 every time they are on the ice. Kopitar gets his fourth assist, along with Cammy’s first assist.

The Sabres finally get on the board, when Stafford redirects a Roy shot past Quick for his fifth of the season. It sort put a buzzkill over the crowd, but the Kings forge ahead. I finally hear a “Let’s Go, Buff-A-Lo” chant from underneath the press box when the Sabres go on the power play. But the penalty is killed, as we head to the third period.

Second period: Kings 7, Sabres 1
1207-kings3.jpg
An unfortunate bounce off the boards goes right to Vanek, who pops it past Quick for his eighth of the season. Stafford gets the assist for his second point of the game.

Preissing scores his second of the game, when he rockets one past Miller on the power play. There’s really nothing else to root for in this game, except for Brown to get a third goal.
The Sabres have been humiliated in this game. Thing is, these games happen, and the Kings have been on the wrong end of them many times.

Final score: Kings 8, Sabres 2

Kings finds O, but not a W

From Hockeywood Tonight:
1013-kings.jpg

The Kings seem to have a hard time scoring, so coach Marc Crawford decided to juggle the line for tonight’s game. The DAaaaaaaaaM line of Brown, Kopitar and Cammmalleri has been split up, and Ladislav Nagy has been elevated to the top line, in hopes to boost his scoring. Since I’m all about lines having nicknames for the lines, I’m calling the top line the Only a Lad line. Ladislav, Anze and Dustin? Get it?

And since Cammalleri has been dropped to the second line with Armstrong and Frolov, that’ll be the MAD line. (Michael, Alex and Derek). I imagine Cammy’s a little mad (get it) about being dropped off the top line with The Phenom and the Wrecking Ball. Handzus will center the line between Calder and O’Sullivan, which I really don’t have a name yet. And rounding out the fourth line is the prickly combination of Ivanans, Murray and Thornton, which I’m dubbing the Thorn Line.

In goal is Jonathan Bernier, who last played in the home opener. Their opponents haven’t been to Los Angeles since 2003, the Boston Bruins. The Bruins have one of the better re-designed Reebok jerseys this season. It also has that psuedo-tie at the top of the collar that the Kings had on their old third jerseys. Only, it’s not as big as the Kings’. Looks like I might have to get another Bruins jersey. I actually have an old away Neely jersey. That’s right, I got a SeaBass jersey…

Dropping the opening puck is a member of the Cirque de Soliel troupe, who is sponsoring tonight’s game. She’s all twisted with flowing fabric, and she drops to the ice, unwinding herself as she spinds. YThen she just daintily drops the puck between Rob Blake and Zdeno Chara. But as she steps on the ice, the carpet slides, and she falls right on her bum. Blake assisted the small woman over to the side. Funny how she didn’t need a net when she was high in the air, but needed one when she stepped foot on the ice.

For more, click here.

Ducks return favor, smack Kings 4-1

    From Hockeywood Tonight:

0930-ducks.jpgAfter an atrocious singing of the national anthems, the game is underway. The Kings are slower this game, as the Ducks seem more aggressive. Apparently Tom Preissing can’t keep his helmet on. He’s lost it for the second time in as many games.

After John Zeiler gets whistled for high-sticking, the Ducks start the scoring off. A scramble around the net, with several Ducks taking whacks at the puck, allows the puck to bounce to Corey Perry, who chips it  past Jason LaBarbera to make it 1-0. The frustrating thing about that goal was the Kings just killed off a 5-on-3 penalty.

For the complete recap, click here.

Kings punk Ducks, 4-1

    From Hockeywood Tonight:

0929-kings.jpg

After a delay, thanks to some faulty lights, the game is underway.
The two teams start off tentatively. Brad Staurt loses his helmet,
thanks to new Duck Todd Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi looked like he was giving
Stuart a noogie.

As was the case in camp, the line of Anze Kopitar, Michael
Cammalleri and Dustin Brown is the line to watch for L.A. Ladislav Nagy
is paired with Michal Handzus and Patrick O’Sullivan. Kyle Calder,
Alexander Frolov and Derek Armstrong anchor another line.

The Kings go on the penalty kill, where they were dead last in the
league last season. And to make matters worse, they go down two men.
Several shots are pumped on goal, but Bernier is able to turn them
away. This is where I’m glad Teemu Selanne is not on the Ducks…

For the complete recap, click here.