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.
The Los Angeles Kings may owe Mike Richards money until 2031 (seriously), but in settling his grievance, the team and player more or less get to turn the page.
Not before Kings GM Dean Lombardi shares his sometimes startling perspective, though.
Lombardi has a tendency to be candid, especially in the press release-heavy world of sports management. Even by his standards, his account of Richards’ “destructive sprial” is a staggering read from the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman.
“Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career,” Lombardi said in a written summation he provided to the Los Angeles Times. “At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now – and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.”
Lombardi provides plenty of eyebrow-raising statements to Dillman, including:
- He believed he “found his own Derek Jeter” in Richards, a player who “at one time symbolized everything that was special about the sport.”
- Lombardi remarked that “his production dropped 50 percent and the certain ‘it’ factor he had was vaporizing in front of me daily.”
- The Kings GM believes that he was “played” by Richards.
Again, it’s a powerful read that you should soak in yourself, even if you’re unhappy with the way the Kings handled the situation.
Maybe the most pressing of many lingering questions is: will we get to hear Richards’ side of the story?
Despite owning two Stanley Cup rings, there are a healthy number of people who aren’t wild about Jonathan Quick.
Those people might feel validated through the Los Angeles Kings’ first two games, as he followed a rough loss to the San Jose Sharks with a true stinker against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.
Sometimes a goalie has a bad night stats-wise, yet his team is as much to blame as anything else. You can probably pin this one on Quick, who allowed four goals on just 14 shots through the first two periods.
Things died down in the final frame, but let’s face it; slowing things down is absolutely the Coyotes’ design with a 4-1 lead (which ultimately resulted in a 4-1 win).
A soft 1-0 goal turned out to be a sign of things to come:
Many expected the Kings to roar into this second game after laying an egg in their opener. Instead, the Coyotes exploited Quick’s struggles for a confidence-booster, which included key prospect Max Domi scoring a goal and an assist.
It’s worth mentioning that Mike Smith looked downright fantastic at times, only drawing more attention to Quick’s struggles.
After a troubled summer and a failed 2014-15 season, Los Angeles was likely eager to start things off the right way.
Instead, they instead will likely focus on the fact that they merely dropped two (ugly) games.