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Luongo excels, but Quick and Kings win

Jan 5, 2014, 1:24 AM EDT

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Roberto Luongo put together an excellent performance – the kind that argues in favor of him returning as Team Canada’s starter – but it wasn’t enough to earn the Vancouver Canucks a win on Saturday. Instead, Jonathan Quick got the win in his return as Los Angeles won 3-1.

Luongo, 34, was under fire for much of the contest. The Kings took the shot advantage over all three periods, most glaringly when they out-shot Vancouver 18-6 in the middle frame and 14-9 in the third. Overall, Luongo stopped 46 out of 48 shots in defeat.

Jeff Carter scored two goals (one was the game-winner while the other was an empty-netter). The Kings created a GIF of the 2-1 tally, which you’d probably agree is better than one can expect from a mere video:

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Mesmerizing, eh?

Quick, 27, wasn’t challenged at the same rate as Luongo, but he improved his record to 11-5-0 nonetheless. That included some big late stops on Daniel Sedin.

This win also comes in the 1,000th game of Darryl Sutter’s coaching career. He’s now 486-362-101(ties)-50(overtime losses) in his time between the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames and Kings. Yup, ties make more experienced coaches’ records tough to swallow, huh?

Anyway, if Quick beats out Ryan Miller and Jimmy Howard and Luongo edges the rest of the Canadian goaltending field to the point that both represent their countries at the Olympics, tonight’s game will be probably referenced. Otherwise, it will just be an interesting game between two strong teams.

  1. blomfeld - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    Boatswain: repairs completed sir … now ready to take on full sail !

    Captain: very well then … kindly set course for Lord Stanley’s Mug if you please ?

    ______________________________________________________________

    An excellent win in so many ways ! Dwight King’s ‘second’ effort on Carter’s go ahead goal was truly fantastic ! … Brown’s ‘reverse’ drop kick to the head of Luongo on the tying goal was positively ‘divine’ and Quick’s play throughout was virtually ‘ethereal’ … not to mention the fact that we offloaded that vermin Carcillo to New York ! … you gotta love it man ! :) … anyway, I’m not sure about you guys, but I just love being a King’s fan, even after all these years ! :)

    (Blomfeld: LA Kings fan since 1973)

    GO KINGS GO !!!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • imleftcoast - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      Better game for the Kings than the Canucks, but you weren’t watching if you think the next stop is the Cup – lots of turnovers, shaky D and hamfisted around the net. The Kings are second to no one in goaltending depth though.

    • slysipops - Jan 5, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      i don’t know about making it to STANLEY mates…….there is a thing caleed THE BLACHAWKS that might eat us alive !!!!

      • blomfeld - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        “I don’t know about making it to STANLEY mates?” …

        don’t worry comrade Slysipops … we Kings are gonna ‘make it’ alright ! :)

  2. areaman714 - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Two goals with almost 50 shots on goal? Still a tragically anemic offense . . . If one factors in the notion that nearly 6 percent of the Kings goals are empty netters, their offense is even more pathetic. They need to make a move for a forward, but that won’t even be enough.

    • blomfeld - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      “Two goals with almost 50 shots on goal?”

      Friend … the ‘number’ of shots mean very little in today’s game, where the Michelin Man goalie simply turns square to the shooter and allows physics to do the work … of those 48 total shots last night, I’d say that maybe 5-6 had a legitimate chance of going in for us ? … what you see most of the time today are ‘rebound & garbage’ goals … Carter’s goal however was ‘quality’ and an absolute thing of beauty ! … that’s what we need more of in going forward …

      GO KINGS GO !!!

  3. penguins87and71 - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    You do know that you don’t need a great offense to go deep in the Playoffs or even win the cup. As long as you have one more goal than your opponent at the end of the game your fine. The Kings have a winning record even with that anemic offense.

  4. hockey412 - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    That GIF should land Garrison in some hot water…

  5. penguins87and71 - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    No I’m not saying that the next step is the cup. I was just trying to make a point that you don’t need tons of scoring to win. I think the only way the Kings win the cup this year is if Jonathan Quick gets red hot.

    • blomfeld - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      “No I’m not saying that the next step is the cup” … it’s okay friend as I’ve already said that ! :)

      step aside Blackhawks cause here we come Stanley Cup !!!! :)

      GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  6. blackhawkdaniel - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Sharp alone will score more goals than the whole kings team:-)))

    • blomfeld - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      friend … kindly consume some ‘S’ eh ?

  7. muckleflugga - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    speaking of michelin men…

    lungo’s gotta be cheating with his equipment…it’s huge…crawfordesque verily i say unto you oh faithful readers and hippo trainers

    and still he whiffs on the low stuff…and still the cbc promote this guy as a starter in sochi [ the drywall guy will be in next wednesday to pull the beer bottles out of the family room wall ]

    i wonder about in-game equipment scrutiny at the games, away from the blind-ass nhl referees…do these over-inflated giants get to waddle on to the ice in sochi….?

    are there enough c-135 transports available to carry those equipment bags…?

    • colby7 - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Luongo is just a big, athletic guy. His positioning is great this season because he plays a bit like Schnieder now.

      It came out early this season that Luongo’s pads would barely be changing due to the new rules on goaltender equipment, because he has never worn big equipment. It shows this year because his numbers have remained consistent while guys like Howard and Lundqvist are suffering from smaller pads.

    • blomfeld - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      Breaking Now ! … actual video of Luongo’s “Michelin Man’ equipment being airlifted to California !

  8. joey4id - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Canada just confirmed that their goaltending mystery has been solved. Luongo #1, Price, and Fleury.

    Wasn’t Vancouver’s best effort. If not for Luongo the game would have been out of reach way sooner. Kings played well and took advantage of Vancouver’s less than stellar play, and Q made some very good stops. Sometimes all it takes is not to give up bad goals. That’s regular season for you.

  9. colby7 - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    I see some positives as a Canucks fan, Torteralla clearly told Sestito to run Quick after Brown ran Luongo and that is a step in the right direction. That was the end of contact on either goalie.

    It would of been nice to see a bit more from Kassian and other role players in a rivalry type game like this. Luongo was unreal, best I have seen him in years.

    Super entertaining game, I wouldn’t take too much from this game Kings fans you are going to need to figure out how to score more if you expect to beat Chicago or St. Louis.

  10. proudliberal85392 - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    blomfeld, you crack me up! I don’t agree with you, but ya gotta love your passion. GO COYOTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • blomfeld - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      ICH BIN EIN COYOTE !!!!!!!!!!!! :)

      Comrade Proudliberal .. you may have noticed friend that I recently employed an ‘artificial intelligence’ response program here at PHT (ie: invented by my friend Stransky) as I was set to head off to the ‘great’ state of Arizona for my annual winter golf getaway …. such plans however have now been delayed by at least a month and so back ‘live’ I am in the interim … the bottom line friend is that the NHL needs the Coyotes, no less than a ‘desperate’ man wandering in the Sahara needs water ! … I’m now ‘completely’ convinced that NHL hockey will not only survive but ‘prosper’ there in the land of scorpions and 100 degree temperatures !

      GO COYOTES GO !!! … THE NHL ‘NEEDS’ YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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