Kings thump Canucks in Pacific Division showdown


Almost everything that could wrong did in the case of the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Conversely, the L.A. Kings solved Roberto Luongo early and often, on their way to a blowout 5-1 victory.

Luongo was pulled in the second period, after allowing four goals on 18 shots. The Kings scored three times in two minutes and 33 seconds to increase their lead from one goal to four, ending Luongo’s night.

Eddie Lack entered the game in relief of Luongo. Lack will also start Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks, as per Ben Kuzma of The Province newspaper.

“I don’t think he was sharp, but he’s played very well for us,” said Canucks head coach John Tortorella of the decision to pull Luongo.

“But more to my mind, when the fourth one goes in, Eddie hasn’t played, he’s going to play tomorrow and it gave him some time.”

Jordan Nolan opened the scoring, thanks to a spectacular set up from Linden Vey. The Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, were mostly kept on the bench in the third period.

They each had just two shifts in the final 20 minutes of play.

At the other end, Jonathan Quick was spectacular.

The Canucks had several chances in the first period, including a point-blank opportunity for Alex Burrows, but couldn’t beat Quick.

The Canucks finish off their four-game road trip through the Pacific Division on Sunday, when they face the Anaheim Ducks.

Kings GM says Mike Richards went into ‘a destructive spiral’

Mike Richards

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.

… Yeah.

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?

Coyotes exploit another lousy outing from Quick

Jonathan Quick

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.