Episode 27: Move-on-vember

Whoah-oh here they come! Picking up steam and catching up fast.

Sean and Keith are back, providing their winning 3-period recap on the Panthers-Kings game, touching on the prior week’s games, and getting in to the bizarre Penguins-Rangers finish.

And find out the reason why Sean goes on record saying: “That, to me, warmed my heart to the Ducks”

Plus: surprise guest at the end! And sound quality will be better next time, apologies.

2014 Cup Run: Round 4, Game 5

So… after four games of the Stanley Cup final, the Kings win the first three games (two in overtime) and then lose the fourth game to a New York-area team. This sounds… exactly like the 2012 Cup run.

Would the Kings lose Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final and cause Los Angeles fans tremendous heartburn yet again? Or could they actually close this series against the Rangers before it reached seven games?

We encourage you to follow along with our text message thread from Friday June 13th below, which is a little disjointed but includes just about everyone. And Keith had the good fortune to attend in person, which will become apparent.

Today’s link: Hey, remember that glossy magazine that was synonymous with sports journalism (and annual swimsuit editions)? Yeah, Sports Illustrated is still around, and even exists online, where they dip their toe into ice hockey at times. Several writers pen some excellent hockey pieces, including Allan Muir who provides this Game 5 preview.

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June 13

 

[Pre-game]

 

11:39am

 

Keith:

Can we talk about the inner chemistry and quiet production emerging from the Stoll Williams King line?

 

Sean:
Yes. They’re like the perfect Nintendo hockey line. One heavy, one medium, one skinny.

 

Keith:

Yes!

Though they function differently—one big body to screen and finish around the net, one to hold onto the puck, pass and dig it out of corners, and one to snipe with wicked wristers (though I wish Stoll did this more)

 

Sean:

It’s been a little while since we’ve seen a wicked wrister from Jarrett Stoll.

 

 

11:41am

 

Keith:

Matt—do you have all your hexes and talismans lined up for tonight’s game?

 

Anthony

Ahhhh gaaaaaaaaaad

 
[Game time]

 

5:23 pm

 

Ryan:

Let’s do this!!!

 

 

5:34 pm
Keith:

Woo!

 

Ryan:

CLUTCH. All day long.

 

Keith:

This is our game seven.

 

Sean:

Cuz Justin Williams scored?

 

 

5:40pm

 

Sean:

Stupid f_____g penalty by Doughty.

 

Ryan:

Very much so.

 

 

6:40pm

 

Sean:
Quick looks locked in.

 

 

6:58pm

 

Sean:

Nevermind.

 

Ryan:

Barely off his angle, and an exceptional shot. Not worried. Lundqvist is beatable.

 

Keith:

Umm, I’m worried. Not a good period.

Where the F___ is our power play?!

 

Sean:
Stop with the negativity.

 

Ryan:

Not good, no. But not bad either. And remember who owns the 3rd.

Rangers barely generating offense, and relying HEAVY on Lundqvist. HEAVY.

 

 

7:37pm

 

Sean:

MMFG

 

Ryan:

True story: Lundqvist had a hard time stopping pucks with his balls.

 

Keith:

So this is our template: send in Gaborik to tie it in third, then choose a hero to score the game winner. By default, Williams if you can’t decide.

 

Ryan:

KOPITAR

 

 

7:59pm

 

Keith:

Another dominant third period. Feel on better.

 

Ryan:

Feel on, Keith. Feel on.

 

 

8:52pm

 

Ryan:

Not worried. Not worried.

 

Sean:
Can’t take much more of this.

 

Keith:

You’re telling me.

Rangers came out better that period

 

Sean:

My video feed keeps seizing up so I’m only getting audio which I can barely hear cuz I’m working. This is a f_____g nightmare.

 

Keith:

Batteries dying.

 

 

[Post-game]

 

9:28pm

 

Ryan:

Let your batteries die Keith!!!!

 

Sean

F___ YES!

 

 

9:28pm

 

Anthony:

F___ TO THE YEAH

 

Sean:
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!

 

 

9:30pm

 

Sean:

Can’t talk now. Done with work in half an hour. Where you at??!!

 

 

9:33pm

 

Richard:

Did you get to see the game live?

 

Keith:

[Snapshot of Cup presentation on ice]

IMG_2591

 

Richard:

That would have been a fun place to be

 

Keith:

You betcha

 

 

9:56pm

 

Matt:

Martinez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Anthony:

Headed downtown now. Not joking

 

Matt:

F_____g love it!

 

Sean:

Where you gonna be Anthony?

 

Anthony:

Some bar? Join if you want

 

Sean:

Who else are you meeting?

What bar?

 

Anthony:

I can’t talk on the phone and handle the money at the same time

And dude, I dunno. Somewhere near Ham and Eggs.

Or Hotel Fig, apparently

Yes?

 

Sean:

On my way. No clue where to park though.

 

Matt:

I’m about to ___ off to Alex Martinez in Petaluma if anyone wants in…

 

Anthony:

Keith, you in?

 

Matt:

He’s probably already looking up bus times

 

Anthony:

Now relocating to El Compadre because Hotel Fig is all f____d up

 

Sean:

Hotel Fig on Figueroa and Olympic, yeah?

 

Anthony:

Yeah, but now elsewhere

F___ it homie

Keith: MIA

 

 

2:41am
Keith:

Sorry boys. Phone battery died while celebrating.

2014 Cup Run: Round 4, Game 4

The Kings are just one win away from their second Stanley Cup! Would they take Game 4 from the Rangers and sweep the  final round?

These rhetorical questions are likely absurd since anyone reading this already knows the outcome, but such thoughts were circling through the heads of Keith, Sean, Ryan, Anthony, and Matt as you can see below in the contemporary text thread.

Today’s link: When you are starved for hockey content, sometimes you need to sneak across the border for your fix, and that is why we turn to TSN, Canada’s version of ESPN (meaning way more NHL coverage… and way less NFL). In addition to compiling all relevant hockey content coming from the Canadian Press, like this delightful story about Drew Doughty and the demise of San Jose, staff writers like Scott Cullen provide stellar game recaps.

And a bonus, since it’s mentioned by Sean in the text thread–Helene Elliott, a great hockey writer for the LA Times, penned this feature on Darryl Sutter.

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June 11

 

[Pre-game]

 

12:41pm
Sean:
[Photo of LA Times front page with portrait of Darryl Sutter: “YES, SIR”]

lat-sp-3-darryl-sutter-20140610

 

Keith:

Why is no one talking about the fact that we are on the verge of back to back FULL season titles, tossing out that lockout shortened season?

 

Ryan:

3 straight trips to the conference finals. THREE.

 

 

12:57pm

 

Keith:

Matt, clearly you had the good luck juices flowing last game. Can you watch tonight?

 

Matt:

I will likely be an hour or so behind. Bedtime routine gets everything off track. Keith, if I get any texts about the game I’ll blame you entirely.

 

Anthony:

Got it, Matt. I won’t f___ up this time.

 

Matt:

Thanks. And like I said, if you do slip up, it’s Keith’s fault.

 

Anthony:

Oh, don’t tempt me

 

Keith:

I can see Tony’s evil grin through text message

 

 

[Game time]

 

5:16pm

 

Keith:

Y’all watching?

 

Ryan:

You bet your sweat pants.

 

Sean:
Oh you bet your squishy boots.

Watching on my phone, texting on my iPad, all while rehearsing a show. So I may be a bit behind.

 

 

6:43pm
Keith:

Eat it NYC

 

 

7:41pm

 

Ryan:

I’m a fan of our chances. Also, can Chris Kreider just not grow a beard, or is he worried about missing some “sweet pooooonanny”?

 

Keith:

Looking good.

 

Ryan:

You better not be talking about Kreider’s Van Dyke

 

Keith:

I think Kreider misinterpreted playoff beard to be scuzzy facial hair meticulously trimmed.

 

Ryan:

2-1 NY still, but with 8 mins to go we hold a 9-1 shot diff.

Reminds me of Henrique in 2012. He lost that series.

Kreider does, I mean.

We win it in LA!!!

 

Sean:
What gentlemen these Rangers are.

 

Ryan:
You can tell by Kreider’s Van Dyke.

I kinda just fell in love with Henrik Lundqvist.

 

Keith:

Exciting finish.

 

Ryan:

Definitely. Not worried about the next game.

Rangers are not gonna last regardless.

 

Keith:

So can the Rangers now stop whining about puck luck?

 

Sean:
They can just shut the f___ up and die in LA.

 

 

[Post-game]

 

8:03pm

 

Matt:

F___! Uli was pretty solid in net though.
Anthony:

Thanks a lot, I still haven’t watched the game

=D I keed, I keed

I think this game proves that when we group text, the Kings win. When we don’t….

 

Matt:

Haha exactly. I’ll make Bea watch Friday night.

 

Anthony:

Hell yeah

 

Keith:

Clearly. I blame Matt

2014 Cup Run: Round 4, Game 3

Two games played, two wins in the books for the Kings in the Stanley Cup Final. Traveling to New York to face the Rangers in Game 3, would they take another game to overtime?

As we have done throughout the month of August, the gang (Keith, Sean, Anthony, Matt, and Ryan) relive the game via text messages which follow.

Today’s link: Since this series could be over before it starts, why don’t we throw a bone to the New York media while the Rangers are still alive. Apparently there is some newspaper called The New York Times over there that a few people read, and it looks like they cover sports too. It’s also about time we feature the increasingly stellar Jonathan Quick, who is the star in Andrew Knoll’s article leading up to Game 3.

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June 8

 

6:15pm

 

Keith:

Two more wins!

 

 

June 9

 

[Pre-game]

 

12:34pm
Keith:

Prediction: Kings fall behind in this game

 

Sean:

Prediction: Lundqvist fakes an injury.

 

Anthony:

Predicition: If this f_____g game goes into OT, Anthony turns it off

 

Keith:

You love it

 

Anthony:

That would be the exact most incorrect use of that phrase

 

Matt:

Prediction: I hold my naked daughter against my Kings shirt for an extended time to ensure some lucky pee pee.

 

 

[Game time]

 

5:10pm

 

Keith:

Anthony, I just hope you didn’t jinx us. Because all I’m asking is this game ends in regulation.

 

Anthony:

Right. I f_____g jinxed you. You’re a fucking riot.

 

 

5:44pm
Keith:

I don’t know if my heart can take this even in regulation

 

 

5:58pm

 

Anthony:

[emoji of thumbs up]

KinaLyziq

 

Sean:

JMFC

 

 

[Post game]

 

7:48pm

 

Anthony:

You were saying?

 

Keith:

Nice work

 

Anthony:

Do we even have to play Game 4?

 

Matt:

Please take me off this f_____g chain

F___!

 

Anthony:

That’s my bad. Sorry Matt. Legit thought Keith was watching with you.

 

Matt:

No worries. I knew they were up 3-0 so I definitely had a sneaking suspicion

 

Anthony:

Ok I don’t feel quite as bad. But still. Sorry baby.

 

 

7:57pm
Sean:

“They don’t give you nothin for three.” – Darryl Sutter.

 

 

8:21pm

 

Keith:

What did I say: We win when we’re losing, and we win when we’re winning. Rounding into champion form right on schedule.

 

Sean:

Doesn’t hurt that Quick was absolutely stellar.

 

Keith:

Finally shut the door completely. All around thought the D looked pretty strong

 

Sean:

Good to see Greene have a good bounce back game. His game 2 was pretty atrocious.

 

Keith:

What’s the save percentage on stopping 12 of 15 shots?

 

Sean:

.800

 

Keith:

Sooooooooo not as good as 1.000?

 

Sean:

If my math is correct, then, yes. Yes, not as good.

 

Keith:

Funny. I thought Henrik was supposed to be the better goalie. And he was going to be the one stealing games.

 

Sean:

You can’t really blame him for any of the goals tonight, but yeah, 11 goals in 3 of the biggest games of your life… yikes.

 

Keith:

Agreed. I think all three went of Rangers at some point. But Quick was stellar on the other end, showing what a cup champ looks like.

Can’t explain why, but I really don’t want Lundqvist to win a cup. At least against Kings.

 

Ryan:

Quick made some amazing paddle saves, stayed mentally tough like the whole team. Rarely do you see a King smash his stick over a crossbar or something, at least not since Labarbera.

2014 Cup Run: Round 4, Game 2

Wow, Kings and Rangers took Game 1 to overtime to open the Stanley Cup Final. Game 2 couldn’t live up to that finish, could it?

The usual suspects relive the heart spasms in a text feed below.

Today’s link: A two-fer, starting with a seemingly unlikely source, the newspaper The Los Angeles Register. But its Kings staff writer is former LA Kings Insider Rich Hammond, who continues to do great work in this venue, including his game recaps. And because it is mentioned by Anthony in the text thread, a formal shoutout to Deadspin, which covers just about any story in sports with a funnier side (including the Will Ferrell stunt in Times Square).

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June 7

 

[Pre-game]

 

2:26pm

 

Sean:

Any predictions for this afternoon? Not final score.

 

Anthony:

You guys don’t learn….

 

Sean:

Listen. Just wondering what people are thinking about Kings adjustments and how they’ll impact the game. NOT FINAL SCORE.

 

Anthony:

I think they’ll adjust your face.

 

Sean:

My face could use it.

 

Anthony:

It’s a gorgeous face

 

Matt:

Prediction: Keith’s dad crushes an order of deluxe nachos

 

Anthony:

Nice

Prediction: Doughty continues to look like the Ryan and Sean’s 5th sibling

 

Matt:

I think he looks like Sue from Swingers. Who’s also a Kings fan.

 

Anthony:

He totally does!

Make his f_____g head bleed, the Kings are a finesse team

Sue grew up in Anaheim, but reps the Kings

 

Matt:

Yeah Sue is pretty f_____g legit.

I picture Doughty with a huge chain wallet

 

Anthony:

We had to keep our rep

He took the Kings to the Sega finals

 

Matt:

I bet all those Hawks fans wish they had Roenick back

 

Anthony:

By the way, the Kings need to remain successful through next season as well, at least until the Lakers can sign Westbrook and K Love. Ah gaaaad, Bruin boner!

 

Keith:

Anze Kopitar got his BA from UCLA

 

Anthony:

Keith trolling again

 

Keith:

Tony trying to steer attention back to basketball

 

Anthony:

Better than trolling

Divisive Keith. Typical.

 

Keith:

Go! Kings go!

 

Sean:

Let’s all get on the same page guys

 

Anthony:

I salute all of Staples winners. Except the Clippers, who are losers and chumps.

 

Sean:
For some reason, I had totally forgot that people from New York are f_____g obnoxious.

 

Anthony:

They are. F___ New York.

Especially people who move there, live for two years, and call themselves “New Yorkers”

 

Keith:

Now here’s something we can agree on

Sean : uniter

 

Anthony:

Two feet of sky mother______s

[link to Will Farrel trolling Times Square]]

http://deadspin.com/the-kings-put-will-ferrell-go-kings-go-video-sign-out-1587531298/all

 

3:48pm

 

Keith:

Prediction: we come out way better this game.
It feels like it has been weeks since we last played. So impatient!

 

 

[Game time]

 

4:38pm

 

Sean:

Carter goes to the dressing room after that hit.

Carter back on the bench

 

Keith:

Thanks Pierre McGuire.

What’s the update on Girardi?

 

 

5:08pm

 

Sean:

This feels familiar.

 

Keith:

God damn

 

 

6:14pm

 

Keith:

Don’t feel so good about this

 

 

7:12pm

 

Keith:

Unbelievable

 

Sean:

Getting hard to breath or think.

Anybody feeling lucky?

 

 

8:16pm

 

Matt:

All right let’s f_____g do this!

 

 

8:41pm

 

Anthony:

ITS JUST TOO MUCH

 

Keith:

2012 part two!

 

Anthony:

And to all a good night.

Seriously, no more OT’s.

 

Sean:

And now I sleep for two days straight.

 

Keith:

One and a half

Peace and props

 

Sean:

Can this team be denied?

Three different 2 goal deficits? 2 overtimes? No problem.

 

Keith:

Um, was it loud in there?

 

Sean:

Just a little bit.

And in case you ever need to buy the third period, you will need to consult its owner: the Los Angeles Kings.

 

Matt:

Team of destiny gents

Bea pissed on me and my Kings shirt before OT. I’ll make sure to replicate that Monday.

 

Keith:

Ha ha ha

 

Sean:

The lucky piss!

Important fact: the last team to win the first two games in OT won the series.

More important fact: that team was the LA Kings.

 

Anthony:

Important fact: in NHL playoff series where one team has Swedes and the other doesn’t, the team without Swedes is 34-2.

 

Keith:

And if that Swede is the King Swede, their team is winless.

 

 

[Post-game]

 

8:44 pm

 

Ryan:

THIS IS DUSTING F_____G BROWN

 

Keith:

Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuundqviiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiist

 

Ryan:

Never worry about a 2 goal trail with the Kings. Never give up, never surrender.
Sean:
The last three games we’ve come back from 2-0.

Also, we trailed by 2 three separate times this game.

Also, the Kings have held the lead for exactly 0:00 over the last three games, and won the last three games.

 

Ryan:

WE LOVE IT!!!

(Not really, I’d love to hold some leads, but wins are wins)

 

Keith:

This is the scary thing: you know if the Kings had a two goal lead, it would be game over for the Rangers. But apparently it’s game over for the Rangers if they have the lead too.