The Los Angeles Kings looked pretty awful during their 4-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues last night – culminating with an embarrassing red line goal allowed by Jonathan Quick – and Kings fans weren’t shy about expressing their displeasure during the lopsided defeat. Los Angeles fans booed the team off the ice after Quick allowed an odd angle 2-0 goal to Matt D’Agostini with 6.9 seconds left in the second period.
After the game, Kings coach Terry Murray was fuming. Yet as angry as he was about how his team was outplayed, Murray also took exception to the fact that Kings fans booed their own team.
As Murray points out, the Kings showed some moxie in going 4-0 on a tough road trip before Thursday night’s ugly loss. Of course, it’s tough to ask fans to consider context on such a bad night – especially with all that green beer in their systems – but Murray was still angry.
The Kings, who tied their previous season low for shots with 18 on Tuesday in a 4-2 win at Nashville, were outshot 24-3 through the first 31 minutes in front of a frustrated sellout crowd that saw them get shut out for the third time at home and sixth time overall this season.
They were booed off the ice at the end of the second period after Jonathan Quick gave up D’Agostini’s second goal with 6.9 seconds on the clock, giving St. Louis a 2-0 lead. That did not sit well with coach Terry Murray, who on Tuesday became the first coach to guide the Kings to consecutive 40-win seasons.
“You know what the most disappointing and frustrating thing was? When we were booed off the ice by our fans,” Murray said. “That is the most embarrassing thing — the worst thing I’ve ever been through in all the years I’ve been coaching. I’ve been behind the bench for almost 3,000 hockey games in the NHL. And to be booed off the ice like that by your own fans after what we’ve been through in that road trip — going 4-0 in some hard places — it’s very disappointing.”
So, where do you stand on this? It’s obviously well within the rights of Kings fans to boo their team and they did lay a stink bomb on the ice last night. That being said, should fans give their team a break if they have the occasional off night? Going further, isn’t it kind of counterproductive to boo your own team anyway? Let us know how you feel in the comments.
It makes sense that a swift bit of history happened in a game in which three goals were scored scored on three shots in about three minutes.
Brad Marchand found the net eight seconds in after an icing call, setting a new record for the Boston Bruins.
(You can see that goal in the video above.)
Again, there were three fast goals overall, with Boston getting two of them. Here’s the Red Wings goal, which narrowly survived a review:
Things didn’t really slow down that much after that, as Loui Eriksson made it 3-1 for the Bruins.
Maybe the best moment wasn’t a goal: Torey Krug was seemingly hurt by a Pavel Datsyuk hit, yet he returned without missing much time.
When the New Jersey Devils shut down a team 1-0, it’s usually with Cory Schneider in net.
Their workhorse got the afternoon off against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, yet Keith Kinkaid did his Schneider impression, grabbing his first NHL shutout in the process.
It was a low-event game with just 46 combined shots on goal, but Kinkaid had to work, stopping all 28 shots. To give you an idea of how tight this game was, the only tally was credited to David Schlemko on the power play.
This gives the Devils three straight wins. They managed to climb into third place in the Metropolitan Division, although New Jersey’s edge is a little misleading; the Islanders trail them by one standings point while holding three games in hand.
That leaves the Islanders in the bottom wild card spot, while the Penguins aren’t so far behind either.
Third in Metro: Devils – 65 points with 57 games played
Second wildcard: Islanders – 64 points, 54 GP
First spot outside the East playoffs: Penguins – 63 points, 54 GP
So, the Devils’ hold of a playoff spot is a bit tenuous, yet the bottom line is that they’re staying in the mix.
The Kings, meanwhile, remain comfortably in first in the Pacific.
The Boston Bruins (without Patrice Bergeron) take on the Detroit Red Wings (missing Jonathan Ericsson) on Sunday afternoon.
It’s a matchup between the second-ranked and third-ranked teams in the Atlantic Division, with little separating the two in the standings.
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As cool as it was at the time for many, Patrice Bergeron‘s fight against Blake Wheeler is … honestly, a good reminder why players like Bergeron rarely drop the gloves.
Multiple outlets including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty report that Bergeron will miss Sunday afternoon’s game against the Detroit Red Wings (which you can watch on NBC).
We don’t know a ton about the injury aside from the fact that the multiple Selke-winner is considered day-to-day.
People don’t seem overly concerned about this issue, but you have to wonder if Bergeron made a bad choice, especially considering his history of concussion issues.
You can watch the bout that may or may not have left him injured in the video above.