Author: Matt Reitz

Montreal Canadiens v Los Angeles Kings

Dustin Brown: “It’s time for guys to wake up”


What does rock bottom look like? There’s no surefire way to figure out when a team reaches the low point in their season, but the Kings’ 8-2 defeat in Detroit on Saturday night certainly looked like the worst performance of their underwhelming season. They can only hope that it doesn’t get any worse.

It was yet another slow start for a team that has made it a habit to fall behind early and try to play catch up over the final two periods. Saturday night the Kings took it to a new level. They were outscored 4-1 in the first period in Detroit, and then they were outscored 4-1 over the final forty minutes. It’s not the first time a team has lost in Detroit – it’s the tenth straight win at home for the Red Wings – but it may have been the ugliest.

Here’s a newsflash: lame duck coaches may not be the greatest idea for a team that desperately needs to collect every point they can.

Kings have now lost six out of their last seven games and haven’t scored more than two goals since they scored three goals against St. Louis on November 22. That would be 11 games in a row for those who like keeping track of that kind of thing. Finally, after weeks of struggling, someone besides GM Dean Lombardi said something.

After the game, Kings captain Dustin Brown had some choice words for his teammates. “We got our (butts) kicked,” the usually quiet captain said. “It’s time for guys to wake up. That’s pretty much it, really. Guys have to wake up and take responsibility.’’

After the loss in Detroit, the Kings are sitting in 11th place in the Western Conference. Even more concerning, the team with lofty preseason expectations is the lowest scoring team in the entire league. People pointed towards Terry Murray’s system, but it may be more about the lack of effort from the guys on the Kings roster.

“We’ve got to find ways to be a lot better than we were tonight,” Brown told the media after the game. “With everything that’s gone on, guys have got to take responsibility in here because it doesn’t matter whether Stevens is our coach or whoever they’re bringing in. It doesn’t make a difference who the coach is. It’s going to be the players that play the games, and it’s going to be the players that need to take responsibility.”

So much for being the strong, silent type.

The Kings still have one more game to play under John Stevens (Monday in Toronto) before Darryl Sutter takes over the reins next week. Of course, fans in southern California will hope that they can turn around the scoring woes. But more importantly, they should hope that Sutter can turn things around in the motivation department.

If the team continues to sleepwalk through the year, Terry Murray won’t be the only one that loses his job this season.

PHT Morning Skate: Turris excited to go to Canadian market

Phoenix Coyotes v Detroit Red Wings
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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Kyle Turris talks about his excitement to play with the Ottawa Senators—and a Canadian market. He better produce quickly or all of that added exposure could turn into a heavy burden. (Senators Official)

Now that the Senators hope they’ve landed their No. 2 center with Turris, the Derick Brassard trade rumors to Ottawa should be a thing of the past. (QMI Agency)

Pat Hickey returns! This time, he’s telling us that Jacques Martin was just a scapegoat for the troubles in Montreal. (Montreal Gazette)

Unfortunately, it looks like the hockey world has yet another racial controversy on its hands. This time, we look to the OHL for the alleged insults. (Buzzing the Net)

Bobby Clarke has plenty of ideas when it comes to the concussions around the NHL. You know, because he was so anti-violence when he was a player. S/T to Kukla’s Korner. (

Speaking of Flyers captains of the past, are Eric Lindros and the Flyers organization ready to bury the hatchet once and for all? (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Adrian Dater doesn’t care about scoring. He says the NHL game is better than ever. (Denver Post)

Here’s what Evgeni Malkin had to say after his hat trick against the Sabres: “My first shot, I scored. Second shot, I score again. It’s a lucky day for me.” Yeah, it’s all luck Geno. (Post-Gazette)

The GM is getting booed at Nationwide Arena and beat-writers are calling the playoffs a “pipe dream.” Needless to say, things could be better in Columbus (Puck-Rakers)

Bad news for the San Jose Sharks. Martin Havlat had some issues trying to make a line change on Saturday night and was seen leaving the arena with a cane. Here’s why: (CSN Bay Area)

Video: Rangers steal victory with 0.1 left

New York Rangers v Phoenix Coyotes

There’s a old saying that goes something like this: “if it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done.” The New York Rangers took that saying to a new level on Saturday night with their last second, 3-2 victory over the Coyotes in Glendale. Make that a last split-second victory over the Coyotes.

Both teams were ready to head to overtime after a Brad Richards shot had presumably gone into the net after the final horn. But after a video review from the war room in Toronto, it was ruled that Brad Richards’ desperation shot crossed the line with 0.1 second left on the clock.

Talk about a heartbreaking way for Phoenix to lose a point in the standings. It was the first time this season that they were unable to hold a lead when entering the third period.

After the game, Richards said that waiting for the review was the hardest part. “There was a TV between the benches and on the TV it said 0.1 (seconds) was left when the puck was over,” Richards said after the game. “That’s not a good feeling. You have to wait, it’s not in your control, but it worked out.”

Here’s what the final seconds looked like from Arizona: