For those who might have missed it, a few things happened last week…
— Jarret Stoll and Alexander Frolov both went down with injuries. Frolov, who has one of those mysterious “lower-body injuries,” could come back this week. The Kings didn’t practice Sunday so we’ll see if he’s back on the ice today. Stoll is out for the season with a groin injury.
— Bemidji State shocked the college hockey world and reached the Frozen Four, along with Boston University, Vermont (which won on a shot that went THROUGH the net) and Miami of Ohio.
— The Kings went 1-2-1.
— A couple people who you will never hear from again were eliminated on American Idol.
— Brian Boyle came up from Manchester and scored a goal. Kevin Westgarth went back to Manchester.
— Those who went with a conservative NCAA Tournament bracket thrived in their office pools.
Finally, I think this got posted around (and maybe even here, by Jill), but for those who might have missed it, here are some comments that Dean Lombardi had last week about Alexander Frolov…
Question: A few weeks back, you talked about Frolov’s improved `buy-in,’ and how he seemed more interested in winning.
LOMBARDI: “We were getting some buy-in from him. But then we’re in some critical games and we need him to be more consistent. It’s about the highs and lows in his game, the ability to be counted on. Knowing what you’re getting. We’re seeing the spikes in his game. In the Boston game, clearly you’ve got a team that’s buying in, and that was far from his `A game.’
“Out of fairness, when other guys on the team are ratcheting it up, if you’re not going to perform, we’re going to find someone else and you’re going to be on the fourth line or sitting out. That’s the ultimate motivator, and beyond that it sends a message, that if your best player is going to take nights off, it’s unacceptable. That’s the message to him. `Aren’t you getting tired of losing? You have never played in a playoff game.’ It’s, either get on board or somebody else will.”