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.