Regal Blue

Seriously, what the hell was that? Kings 0,Thrashers 7 (seven!)

Posted in Sports by gklarsen on November 15, 2009

I don’t know how momentum works in hockey.  In baseball, it’s something announcers, players and managers use to describe otherwise explainable events.  But here I have to think that Atlanta’s three goals in the second gave Atlanta a ton of momentum and simply broke the backs of the Kings.

On some level I suppose I can understand.  The Kings had been putting pressure on Atlanta all game.  Pavelec refused to let anything through despite the fact that he’d been awful the past three games.  Chance after chance for LA was denied.

The first goal, off of Drewiske’s skate, probably didn’t do it.  That was a fluke.  Those happen.  It’s one goal.  Kovalchuk’s break away?  You knew as soon as he had the puck that it was getting past Quick.  The third goal anyone could have blocked.  It was as if Quick just hadn’t recovered.  In that regard, it’s easy to see why Murray pulled him.

“It’s a little bit of both there,” Murray said when asked whether he pulled Quick because of his poor play or the team’s poor play. “The goals came quickly. The third goal, that’s a critical goal. It’s 2-0, there’s still a lot of time left on the clock to get back into it, and you’ve got to make a save.”

Another goal off Ersberg like a minute later?  Yeah, that’s probably what did it.  I’m sure you saw the brawl after Williams checked a guy through his own bench.  That’s what frustration and despair look like.

There was a third period too but it just sucked, so don’t worry about it.

A tough night to be sure.  I’ll take a page from baseball and say that blowout losses can be forgotten about quicker than close losses and just hope for the best tonight.  It’s Tampa Bay, after all, so there’s nothing stopping us from making something happen.

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I’ve been looking around for any baseball news but there ain’t much going on the past couple days.  Jack Wilson got re-signed by the Mariners for a two year, 10 mil contract which seems like a nice deal for both sides.  Fangraphs says Wilson was worth just about 8.5 mil last year alone so barring a complete loss of his defensive skills or injury, way to go Jack Z.  Remember Bill Bavasi?  Yeah that guy was hilarious.  Carlos Silva.  Heh.

In all honesty, I’m glad the Mariners finally have some semblance of direction and a quality GM.  I’ve always liked the Mariners.  With Franklin Gutierrez in center and Ichiro in right they’ve got three premier defenders in the field.  Their offensive output was real fluke-y and Jarrod Washburn’s performance was the very definition of “unsustainable” (until he was wisely traded…again, good work Jack Z).  Still, there’s a lot to like going forward.  And they’ve always got Ichiro to cheer for.  Love that guy.

You know what?  I think that’s all I got.

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