Game thread, 12/26

OK, let’s get it going with tonight’s game thread. I’ll keep updating this post with game details, so if you want to keep track of the game and post comments, you can simply refresh the page. Drop the puck, eh?

Kings scratches: Derek Armstrong, Erik Ersberg, John Zeiler.
Phoenix scratches: David Hale, Viktor Tikhonov, Daniel Winnik

Kings lines:
O’Sullivan-Kopitar-Lewis
Calder-Stoll-Brown
Frolov-Handzus-Simmonds
Ivanans-Purcell-Zeiler

O’Donnell-Doughty
Quincey-Greene
Preissing-Gauthier

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FIRST PERIOD

PHOENIX GOAL: Peter Mueller, assisted by Shane Doan, 10:44.

SECOND PERIOD

PHOENIX GOAL: Shane Doan, assisted by Olli Jokinen and Kyle Turris (PP), 17:43.

THIRD PERIOD

KINGS GOAL: Peter Harrold, assisted by Anze Kopitar and Patrick O’Sullivan (PP), 8:49.

FINAL: PHOENIX 2, KINGS 1

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  • jet

    Turris on the 4th line?

  • anthony

    This Gauthier might be one of the worst D-Man I’ve ever seen.
    Very slow and inept.

  • The Little Lebowski

    Kings need to pick up the speed tonight, this Phoenix team is very fast. Shoot more pucks on net and we might get a win. Quick looks good so far.

  • Duckhunter

    Welcome back everyone. Hope everyone’s Christmas was a day to remember.

    Well Anthony, I was just thinking something similar. Not with Gauthier though. I was just thinking I’m not much of a Preissing fan. I am not and never have been impressed by him. Pretty poor effort on the two-on-one when they scored.

    I didn’t realize how well the Coyotes skated. They’re pretty fleet of foot. We are going to have to tighten things up a little, maybe a lot.

    Kings are gonna come out strong this period and get back in the game. I feel it.

  • jet

    Maybe slow but at least he is in position. Pressing gives up another out man counter

  • Vasquez

    Gretzky’s daughter is a smokeshow, so fine

  • http://hbshakes.blogspot.com Shakes

    i think we should have a moment of silence for Gretzky’s daughter’s hotness

  • http://hbshakes.blogspot.com Shakes

    ok. thank you.
    BTW, i love JQuick’s mask more and more everytime i see it.

  • anthony

    There we go again.
    The prettiest girl in hockey scores the yotes second goal.

    Duck hunter,
    I see your point. Between Preissing and Gauthier, its a tough one to call.

  • anthony

    Can Kopitar win just one faceoff in the yotes zone on a power play.
    Just one faceoff. Geez.

  • Anonymous

    Kings look awful tonight. What else needs to be said?

  • anthony

    Finally.
    Now lets tie it up.

  • Saevel

    Once again, the offense is horrible. 25 shots and only 1 goal. When is Murray going to address this I wonder..? When is he going to realize you can’t just dump it in every single time? And the Kings keep taking shots from all all over the ice.. *sigh*

  • jediknight329

    folks, this was a pretty dismal performance. they looked slow all night, except for the last 10 minutes. they were outhustled and outplayed all night. preissing was benched in the 3rd. quick was ok. 3 days off is too long for this team. after the c-bus win, they needed to play wed night. hopefully they look better sat night in phx.

    gretzky’s daughter(?), i don’t know, but she really sucked singing the anthem. my god, fingernails on a chalkboard. i’m serious!

    the game was a sell-out. maybe it was the free puck set giveaway.

  • Alen

    I don’t understand this team, when the goalie comes out and gives us a real chance to win we can’t score a goal. When we can score a few goals JLB gives up a soft one. Lost opportunities this year seem to be the theme of the season. I don’t think we’ll be anywhere close to a playoff spot anymore since the scoring just seems to be non existent. It’s been frustrating yet encouraging at the same time. I always tell my friends that are Kings fan this team is really good at giving us false hope.

    Gretzky’s daughter was singing? Didn’t seem to notice the singing part..

  • Big Rob in Dallas

    My god I am old. I remember when Paulina Gretzky was born or at least a very young child. I guess they do grow up fast.

    Can anyone tell me the value of Simmonds? I know we rip on Calder, Preissing, Ivanans, Zeiler and Armstrong. But he seems to be immune to criticism for his lack of production. Don’t get me wrong, I like the guy as a person ever since the All Star commercial. He seems to have the most personality. But on the ice what is his strength?

    BTW: I got family coming over soon so I can’t debate on the blog (Trust me, I’d love to get out of this) but will read all the responses.