Shootout woes

Shootouts haven’t been kind to Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera this season. He’s 0-3 in shootouts this season, and opponents have scored on six of their seven chances against him. Before this season, LaBarbera had a 4-1 record in shootouts and had stopped 10 of 15 attempts. Here’s what LaBarbera said, on the Kings’ website, about his shootout woes:

LABARBERA: “I would say it’s a mental thing. I’m thinking about it too much. A lot of it is timing and I don’t have my timing down now. I’ve been trying to be too patient and getting myself caught sometimes. It’s one of those things where you over think it and screw yourself over. I am just thinking about it too much and instead of reacting to it I am more worried about the guy shooting, so I get stagnant. I am not really in any kind of position to react to a deke. I mean I would rather the guys deke than shoot, but it obviously hasn’t been working out too well.

“You play great for 65 minutes and then it goes to a skills competition. Don’t get me wrong. As a fan, I love it. I love watching it on TV, or on the bench watching, it’s exciting. But when you’re in there… when you win it’s exciting too, but when you lose it’s a tough pill to swallow. Especially if you are a goalie. I kind of take it personally sometimes, and it is pretty frustrating.”

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  • neil

    ??? How would the Kings coach really know who is really good at the shootout if they are shooting against Labs????

  • neil

    That is the Kings practicing the shootout against their own goalie!!!

  • dmh012

    Great honesty from JLB. Hope he regains some form in the shootouts. GO KINGS

  • 28 KINGS

    He needs to go back and watch video of what made him 4-1 last season. He just seems to sit in his net too deep this year as the guys are coming at him.


    I think Labs needs to smoke some bowls. Relax and play without pressure. Nobody expects anything from you so don’t expect anything of yourself.
    Too bad for Labs. He seems to drop every opportunity he gets.
    I really think the “bowls” would help him relax.


    I think now would be a good time for a trade. There have to be some decent goalies out there who could move. We could also use a top-notch defenseman with offensive skills – O’D is looking tired.
    I don’t want to lose any of our guys, but I think we need to start thinking playoffs. We’re good enough to make it and our No. 1 pick will probably not be top 10. Maybe Lombardi can swap No. 1’s and bring in a goalie we could ride into the post-season.
    There are probably some GM’s out there we could fleece into believing we’re still a bottom feeder.


    i think i’ve lost hope in Labs.

  • Kevco

    Last night was just the opposite, he went down way too early (like a cheerleader on prom night) and both shooters put it over his pad, both shots same place.

  • BringBackKingston

    Kings coaches would know who’s good by looking at who performs well against Iceberg. Or you could look at it this way, if you can’t score against JLB in practice you aren’t out there for SO.

  • jediknight329

    28 kings i agree with your first comment, but disagree with your second comment. looking at video is an effective learning tool used in almost every, if not every sport. with regards to being too far in the net, did you see the game against the sharks? when the sharks shooters first picked up the puck and skated in, jlb would come way too far out to the top of the crease but could not skate back to match their speed and moves. he was late in responding both times and allowed those high shots to go in. if he actually stayed deep in the net, he would have had a better chance to make the saves. one will never know. he seems frozen on breakaways. i don’t condone drug use as one has stated above which is frankly stupid. but he needs to take his own advise and stop thinking about it too much. play and react.

    don’t you remember from school… nope to dope and ugh to drugs.

  • Deano Lombardo

    No its about sucking….and you suck…you show waaaay too much net…even I would light you up

  • Roger

    Labs has had way to many chances to become the clear cut number one goalie on this team. And so far he has failed. His confidence is to fragile. He loses his composure and has difficulty recovering from this breakdown. And to me there is no doubt in my mind that both TM and DL know this. But for now they are powerless to do any thing about this. The two prospects that management is counting on to come in and solidify the goalie position are maybe couple of years away. And Eresberg is still green behind the ears to be the clear cut number one. And this leaves management between a rock and a hard place. And this place is called Labarbera. I hope Quick can come in and steal the show. If not it could be a couple of long weeks before Ersberg comes back.


  • historyguy

    First of all, Labs did look absolutely awful against both of the shooters. On the second one, which used the exact same move as the first one, I don’t think he even moved. I’m sure it is all in his head…kind of like a pinch hitter in baseball.

    But trade for a goalie now, EAT? I don’t think so, and definitely not for stiffs like Gerber (talk about a goalie who folds under pressure!) or Roloson.

    I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but right now we need to just let Ersberg get better and move on. Ersberg as #1 and Labs as #1a may not be a perfect scenario, but it’s been working decently, and I don’t think that any of the goalies who are truly available will be much better.

  • Chuck

    He stinks. He has the same move for every shooter. Come out in front of the crease, skate back to the goal line, fall flat on face. Not just against the Sharks, did the same thing in his previous shootout, truely awful.

  • Dan H.

    Between the two they gave up TWO goals against the best team in the league. They’re not giving up more than 2 on most nights no matter who is in there.

    Geez guys goaltending isn’t the issue right now. neither one is Brodeur but NJ isn’t going to trade him anyway.

    Ride the program. Hopefully one either turns it up or we have 3 in the system that are looking like good prospects.

  • Anonymous


    Last night was just the opposite, he went down way too early (like a cheerleader on prom night) and both shooters put it over his pad, both shots same place.

    Man, that’s worse than Avery’s “sloppy seconds” comment! You should be suspended six games!

  • David

    “Hello, hello, hello, is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone home?”

    Please tell me that Bill Ranford is working with Jason on improving his dreadful breakaway performance of late.

    Labs did look terrible on Marleau’s breakaway goal on Monday. His backside was practically touching the twine on the back of the net.

    Come out and challenge the shooter, especially when he’s coming in off the wing.

  • wavesinair

    “Please tell me that Bill Ranford is working with Jason…”

    Please tell me Bill Ranford is practicing with pads on and that he’s going to start tonight.


    EAT THE RICH said, I think labs needs to smoke some bowls… hahahahah
    Maybe that would help.
    He does need something.

  • hockeyfan b4 gretzky

    its official we just just signed a bobblehead shooter tooter we should win every game till Ersberg returns

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