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King’s first hat trick powers L.A. past Phoenix for wild win

Oct 25, 2013, 1:33 AM EDT

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Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter changed his team’s lines after the offense went stagnant. Those alterations seemed to open everything up, as his Kings won a wild Thursday contest against the Phoenix Coyotes 7-4.

Anze Kopitar (one goal, two assists) and Dwight King (first career hat trick) helped L.A. build a 4-0 lead, but Phoenix didn’t roll over, tying things up 4-4 during a wild 13-minute span from the middle of the second to the early part of the third.

The Kings’ line shuffles kept paying off all night, however, as Mike Richards scored his first goal of the season – and game winner – less than two minutes after Shane Doan tied things up 4-4, while Matt Frattin generated a tip-in to make it 6-4. King capped it off with his hat trick goal on an empty-net to make it 7-4.

So, to summarize: the Kings built a 4-0 lead, saw it evaporate to a 4-4 tie before winning 7-4.

Yup, that’s a weird night. If Sutter muttered to himself “Can I please get some offense?” then this was a classic case of “be careful what you wish for.”

Then again, maybe he’s just onto something.

  1. blomfeld - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    LA KINGS 7 – MIKE SMITH AND THE LIARS 4

    You gotta love it man ! :) Anyway, this new ‘mind-expanding’ strategy of Sutter’s is paying off with immediate dividends and that doesn’t come a minute too soon ! Especially when you consider the uncompromising ‘ferocity’ which is the new Pacific Division. The bottom line friends is that we get going here asap, as our Californian brothers are no doubt going to be on our heels ‘every’ step of the way. Full marks to King for his efforts and great to see Kopitar and Richards finally score !

    GO KINGS !!!

    GO ALL NEW ‘MIND-EXPANDING’ STRATEGIES BY SUTTER !!!!!!!!

    • pxland - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:25 AM

      You get a bad rap here Blomfeld. But you know why I love ya? Because you do your thing with originality and without being arrogant or an ass.

      Keep up the damn fine work.

    • thailer35 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Now I get it. I finally understand why you are the way you are.

    • slysipops - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      good job blomfeld….as usual ! i can’t type too easy do to the tears in my eyes over the HAWKS pathetic excuse for a game…..your pal…slysi

      • ibieiniid - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        i love watching people watch the keyboard as they type… so i gave you a thumbs up for the visual.

      • blomfeld - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Lakes of fine wine and armies of attractive women …

        May it be that the commenters Pxland and Slysipops are blessed with these things and more … God willing

    • kingjoffrey19 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      1) Jonathan Bernier
      2) James Reimer
      3) Weed
      4) Jonathan Quick

  2. patthehockeyfan - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Go, Kings!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats, Richie!!!!!!!!!! (and congrats, Dwight King!)

  3. thailer35 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    This is exactly why I thought signing Mike Smith to that big contract was a bad idea. Brilliant in some games, just flat out incompetent in others. Our defense was absolutely horrendous. 4 unanswered, then come back with 4 unanswered, and then 3 more unanswered against? Just pitiful.

    Consolation: Quick stopped 24 of 28. .857 is pretty poor for the “best goalie in the league”, eh blomfeld?

    • pxland - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Hmmm…. “Our defense was horrendous” and at the same time “Mike Smith…flat out incompetent”.

      Pattern, or coincidence?

      • thailer35 - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        Absolutely a pattern. It’s not a secret that Tippett’s defensive system makes average goaltenders look great. So logic would say that when Tippett’s defensive system is not being played correctly, the goaltender will look worse. I think I am missing your point.

    • blomfeld - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Back off Trailer … seriously

      Listen man, even Elvis was known to have had the occasional “off’ day … it’s no big deal and there’s absolutely nothing to worry about, I can assure you. You have to remember that Quick plays the position of goal the way it ‘ought’ to be played, coupled with a certain ‘daring and panache’ that’s unique for a modern-day NHL goalie. Rather than rely on ‘billboard-sized’ padding like Smith, Luongo or most other keepers do these days, our man Quick instead plies his craft with nothing more than unabashed conviction, zeal and athleticism ! … and the results speak for themselves ! :)

      • thailer35 - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        2.71 GAA – .904 SV%

        The results do indeed speak for themselves.

        Though I do agree with your sentiment regarding pad sizing. I do like that Quick plays with pads that are actually sized for him and not someone who is six inches and 50 pounds larger than he is. I actually think that is in large part what allows Quick to be as good as he is; being that he can actually move and make athletic saves that many others can’t. My main issue with Quick have to do with positioning. He is constantly making amazing saves because he is scrambling from out of position. He seems more often to be working really hard instead of working smart.

  4. Anoesis - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    That line shake-up seemed to also shake up the defense. When’s the last time the Kings gave up four straight goals? Hope Sutter gets that figured out.

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