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Kings win an ugly one against Blues

Nov 22, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

Mike Richards AP

If last night’s Pittsburgh Penguins-New York Islanders game was like driving at 100 mph on a four-lane highway, then Los Angeles Kings-St. Louis Blues represents the traffic-jammed bottleneck. It wasn’t a pretty game – even beyond two egregious turnovers by Blues defenseman Barrett Jackman – but the Kings managed to slip by St. Louis for a 3-2 road win.

Many will highlight one particularly ugly moment in an ugly game, though: Drew Doughty caught T.J. Oshie with a questionable crosscheck in the waning moments of the third period. It’s likely that Doughty will hear from Brendan Shanahan for that one, although it’s anyone’s guess if he’ll face discipline for it. (Stay tuned for video of the hit.)

Mike Richards‘ pretty game

There were some pretty elements, with Mike Richards’ hot streak being the most opulent bit. Richards was involved in both of those Jackman blunders, as he recorded an assist and a goal on those two mistakes. His faceoff numbers might be the most staggering thing about his performance, though: he went a ridiculous 15-1 in draws.

Adversity for Ken Hitchcock

The Kings handed Hitchcock his first regulation loss with St. Louis; he’s now 4-1-2. He faces some questions, then. Will he sit Jackman for a game to punish those awful errors? Should he turn to Brian Elliott in net for the next game, being that he is putting up the kind of numbers they’re paying Jaroslav Halak to produce?

Either way, this game showed that the Kings and Blues both bring a lot to the table, but have  some ways to go before they can produce a true marquee matchup.

Update: Here are highlights from the game, including that Doughty hit on Oshie.

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  1. bcjim - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    That crosscheck got what it deserved, 2 min. It was a frankly a minor hit yet Oshie looked like he was shot from a cannon. Gotta be a little more stable on your feet. What would have happened if Doughty has actually pummeled him? Probably be dead.

    No further discipline. And note as a Caps fan, I have no fog in this fight

  2. bcjim - Nov 23, 2011 at 6:44 AM

    lol, no “dog”

  3. abrienza428 - Nov 23, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    15-1 on faceoffs is insane

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