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Quenneville: “Clearly, the refereeing was tough to watch”


Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville was none too pleased following last night’s 2-0 loss to the Kings.

But it wasn’t his players — or even the L.A. players — that drew his ire. No, Quenneville’s angst was reserved for two individuals: Referees Ghislain Hebert and Tom Kowal.

“I thought both their goals should have been whistled down, both goals should have been called something…infractions on both their goals,” Quenneville told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Clearly, the refereeing was tough to watch.”

Quenneville’s claimed goaltender interference should’ve been called on LA’s first goal, a second-period tally from Trent Hunter. Here’s the video…you be the judge:

On the second — Jarret Stoll’s insurance marker early in the third — Quenneville thought LA’s Justin Williams slew-footed Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy in front of the net. Again, you make the call:

This isn’t the first time Hebert’s been at the center of a controversial affair. He was one of the officials working the Boston-Buffalo game when Milan Lucic bowled over Ryan Miller; he also famously called the “Sean Avery rule” on Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger back in Nov. 2010.

Yup, Simon Gagne is hurt again

Simon Gagne

After all the injuries we’ve seen this year, one usual suspect to get hurt has stayed healthy for most of this season. That is until last night.

Kings forward Simon Gagne missed the third period of last night’s 4-3 Kings win over Phoenix. L.A. Kings Insider’s Rich Hammond finds out from coach Darryl Sutter that Gagne will be evaluated further today but L.A. Times reporter Lisa Dillman says that the outlook isn’t so hot for the oft-injured winger.

“Sobering news. Looks like Simon Gagne is going to be out for awhile. Believed to be a head injury. Called upper-body injury in NHL talk.”

Gagne has had a history of concussion problems, among other ailments, in his NHL career and ever since departing Philadelphia he hasn’t been the 30-40 goal scorer of old. Should it be a concussion for Gagne, the Kings will need to make do without him for a bit as you’d imagine his recovery will be carefully monitored.

That leaves it up to guys like Andrei Loktionov and Trent Hunter to try and fill his hole in the lineup. Gagne’s had a nice season scoring seven goals and adding ten assists but certainly not living up to the hopes of being a potential 30-goal man like he was three years ago with the Flyers.

Kings’ “B” team will try to snap their losing skid

Davis Drewiske

While the Kings are reeling and dying to get some wins, breaking out three bench players is a suspect way to do it.

Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times tweets that Kings starters Slava Voynov, Willie Mitchell, and Trent Hunter will be out of action tonight against Columbus. Taking their place will be Alec Martinez, Davis Drewiske, and Trevor Lewis.

L.A. Kings Insider’s Rich Hammond finds out from interim head coach John Stevens that he wasn’t happy with Voynov’s effort in their last game against Boston and is sitting him out because of it. Take that, rookie.

Adding those moves on top of not having the team’s second best scorer Mike Richards and all of a sudden the Blue Jackets don’t look so bad by comparison.

Stevens is finding out that keeping the team afloat while the Kings await Darryl Sutter’s reply as to whether he’ll accept the coaching job or not is proving to be a lot harder than the roster would dictate. The Kings are losers of five in a row and seven of their last nine and in line to only make it worse tonight.

Kopitar on L.A.’s scoring woes: “I’d be lying if I said there was no frustration”

Los Angeles Kings v Phoenix Coyotes

The Los Angeles Kings are the NHL’s lowest scoring team. They rank dead last in goals per game (2.26) and 5-on-5 goals (36) and only have three players — Mike Richards, Simon Gagne and Anze Kopitar — with seven goals or more.

Those ghastly numbers were enough for Kopitar to express frustration to Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.

“I’d be lying if I said there was no frustration in the room. Everybody would like to score more goals,” Kopitar said. “Sometimes, for the guys, it’s almost better if you lose 5-4 than 2-1 or 1-0, because you have the sense that you did something out on the ice, that you did score a goal.”

Why L.A.’s scoring has fallen off a cliff is mysterious. Outside of a brutal, injury-ravaged season from Dustin Penner, the Kings have had all their offensive stars available. And it’s not like all the scorers are struggling — Kopitar is scoring at a point-a-game clip and prior to getting hurt, Richards was on pace for a career-high in goals.

That said, there are some theories as to why LA isn’t scoring:

— To acquire top-end talent like Richards and Gagne, the Kings were forced to jettison some of their depth. Last year’s key bottom-six guys (Wayne Simmonds, Michal Handzus, Alexei Ponikarovsky) are all playing elsewhere and their replacements (Ethan Moreau, Trent Hunter, Colin Fraser) have done zilch.

— Compounding the depth problem are guys that LA let walk or traded for nothing, like Matt Moulson (let walk as a FA), Teddy Purcell (traded for Jeff Halpern) and Brian Boyle (traded for a third-round pick) — all thriving with their new respective teams.

— GM Dean Lombardi told Hammond “we set out to put a strong defensive structure in place,” and “there’s no doubt in my mind that it starts back there and it’s critical for the playoffs.” This could be a case of a team sacrificing offense for defense, like what we’ve seen with Washington recently.

PHT Morning Skate: Coaching hot seat edition

Paul Maurice

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.

Paul Maurice’s hot seat got a bit warmer in Carolina after losing to Ottawa. (News & Observer)

Randy Carlyle said his team looked, “dead between the ears” in losing to Toronto. He might be a dead man walking if the Ducks don’t wake up. (NHL.com)

Oh sure thing Terry Murray, we all believe Trent Hunter is a first line player for the Kings. Yikes. (L.A. Kings Insider)

In non-coaching news, Zdeno Chara is also becoming quite the offensive defenseman too. (CSNNE.com)

The Caps are really hoping a homestand can fix their ills. They’d better hope so. (CSNWashington.com)

After scoring more than 30 goals last year, Drew Stafford’s season isn’t going so hot this time. (Buffalo News)

Jim Lites is more than pleased with being back running things in Dallas. (Stars)

Stefan Elliott is hoping his big debut turns into him sticking around in Colorado. (All Things Avs)

Francis Bouillon’s groin is forcing him out of action and back to Nashville for repairs. (Tennessean)

The BCHL is trying out 3-on-3 overtime. Is the NHL watching how it goes to see if it can solve the shootout conundrum? (All Habs)

Finally, have a look at Toronto’s Matt Frattin bouncing off of former Leafs defenseman Francois Beauchemin. Frattin obviously hit the combo breaker on that hit. (NHL)