Episode 13: Second Second City

In week three of the August Reviewing, Robin joins Sean and Keith to look back at the 2014 Western Conference Final, which essentially means it is the best episode yet. And longest–they took it to overtime in seven games.

The New York hockey Rangers had already earned their spot in the Stanley Cup Final, and the Western Conference Final would determine if Los Angeles, the true second city, or Chicago, the former “Second City,” would join them there.

We review the Kings highs and lows of the series, Slovak pride, and, of course, Dustin Penner.

2014 Cup Run: Round 3, Game 5

Will the Kings repay the Blackhawks for last season, and dismiss them in just five games in the Western Conference Final? If this postseason is any indication, it’s clear the Kings don’t like taking the easy road, as we see in Game 5.

One of our longest text threads ever involves the whole gang! Keith, Sean, Matt, Anthony and Ryan all chime in at various points before, during, and after the tense game.

Today’s link: Throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs, NHL.com created blog pages for each series, featuring a number of different writers offering various perspectives every day. Corey Masisak wrote many articles about the Kings during the playoffs, including this take on the pressure leading up to Game 5.

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May 28

 

[Pre-game]

 

11:59am

 

Sean:

I’m saying it now: 3-2 Kings in OT.

 

Anthony:

Well, now that you said that, it won’t go well!

 

12:41pm

 

Keith:

Goddamn I’m so pumped about this game. And incredibly nervous.

I don’t want to jinx us, but I have to predict a win. 2-1 Kings, old school.

 

Matt:

11-1

 

Anthony:

You guys are gonna f___ this up. Shut the f___ up.

 

Keith:

Are you predicting a Chicago victory, turncoat?

 

Sean:

Tony: Chicago apologist.

 

Anthony:

No, I’m saying stop f_____g calling the game before it happens.

Dipshits

Rule #1 of sports bad luck

And if anyone is a Chicago apologist, it’s clearly Keith

 

Sean:

In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck. – ObiWan Goddamn Kenobi

 

Keith:

How dare you!

 

Anthony:

You probably like Chicago pizza more than thin crust.

 

Keith:

New York sympathizer

 

Anthony:

I knew it

 

Sean:
F___ Chicago pizza.

 

Keith:

First of all. Chicago style isn’t really pizza. In a category of its own.

 

Anthony:

And you think the Bay Area has better burritos than LA. =D

 

Keith:

F___ burritos

 

Anthony:

F___ burritos! Listen to this kid

 

Keith:

All right Tony, enough of your negativity on this thread. Who is your favorite King?

 

Anthony:

Sean and I are going to have Kings parties where we gorge on LA Mexican goodness.

Last time I checked, I still live in the city that is home to the Lakers, Kings, and Dodgers.

 

Matt:

Ouch.

 

Anthony:

Yup

 

Matt:

Kings 6, Hawks 2. Suck my fatty prediction Anthony.

 

Anthony:

If they lose, I’m blaming you

All time or current King?

 

Keith:

Current

 

Anthony:

Tyler Toffoli holds a special place in my heart.

I think I saw all of his first four goals this season in person

 

Keith:

Not bad.

Matt?

 

Anthony:

Matt’s is obviously Brown

Keith will scoff, but I am also partial to Kopi and Doughty.

 

Sean:

[gif of Doughty]

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Anthony:

So good

 

Sean:

[gif of Kopitar roughhousing on bench]

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[gif of Brown]

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Anthony:

Kopi represents sunken eye pride

 

Sean:

Check out that sunken eye crew!

 

Keith:

Don’t forget Werewolf Kyle Clifford

[image of smiling Clifford]

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Anthony:

That’s terrifying

 

Keith:

So are the Kings.

I just heard a commentator refer to them as Anton Chigur, methodically eliminating opponents.

 

Anthony:

Rad!

 

 

[Game time]

 

5:22pm

 

Keith:

Scheizer

 

Anthony:

I blame each of you

IF tonight ends up not being a success, you guys have to shut the f___ up before game 6…..

 

 

5:30pm

 

Keith:

Here we come…

Mitchell is leaving a lot to be desired this game

 

 

5:39pm

 

Sean:

Slovaks unite!

 

Anthony:

Boo yah

Haha, Slovaks

 

Keith:

Careful

 

Anthony:

“Ooh, I’m Keith, I’m gonna get all Slovak pride on your ___”

It’s funny to think of how many guys on the squad are NOT Canadian

Brown, Quick, Kopi, and ……

 

Keith:

Voynov Gaborik Martinez

Just because you run from your Spanish heritage Tony doesn’t mean I have to suppress my Slovak love.

And Kopitar is Slovenian

 

Anthony:

I don’t run, you f_____g racist

 

Sean:
Quick and Greene

 

Keith:

Ha ha

 

Anthony:

Trevor Lewis

“People think I’m kinda slooooooow … Eh?”

 

 

5:51pm

 

Keith:

Wow. So close

 

Sean:

If we keep getting chances like this…

 

Keith:

I agree Sean, I feel like two more periods of that effort would be great.

 

Anthony:

Uh, some effort would be really great right now. K. Thanks.

I would rather play NY than the Go Habs Go

Because humiliating New Yorkers is more fun

 

Keith:

Two more stellar Americans, I hate to admit: Kane and Saad

 

Sean:

I kinda love Patrick Kane. Which will make it only a little sad to watch him in the handshake line tonight.

 

Anthony:

Sympathizers

DEATH TO HAWKS AND FAT CHICAGO FANS

 

Keith:

We need to keep this game, and Kane, away from OT

 

Anthony:

This team does have some Swedes. Why don’t the Kings have any Swedes? Sup with that?

 

Keith:

They’re coming

And we’ve had our share in the past

 

Anthony:

Swedes coming up from the Busch league?

 

Sean:
Swedes are a kindly, peace loving people. We only care about public welfare and atheism.

 

Anthony:

Nice

I love Swedes

Andy Richter, THE SWEDISH GERMAN

Work on getting Swedes on the Kings next year, k?

 

Keith:

Did you see Crawford slam his stick at intermission? We’re in his head

 

Sean:
He’s a big baby.

 

Anthony:

Is he the star?

 

Keith:

You know the Rangers’ goalie is king of the Swedes

 

Anthony:

Sean is king of Swedes

 

Sean:
You bet your boots.

 

Anthony:

How much does Matt hate us right now

HOLY S___ THEY EVEN HAVE A FINN

 

Keith:

Pretty sure we’ve overwhelmed his phone

 

Anthony:

He’s never watching huckey again

 

 

6:17pm

 

Keith:

I love that we are hitting the s___ out of them.

It’s like we see red, and want to see it flow

 

Anthony:

Clearly, you are not Swedish

 

Sean:
Swedes see red and want to elect it.

 

Anthony:
Nice

 

 

6:22pm

 

Keith:
Dumb Muzzin

 

Anthony:

Only doing what you wanted him to do

He got twist of Kaned

Keith, who is the Ron Artest/MWP of the Kings? I always forget….

 

 

6:27pm

 

Keith:

Are you talking basketball? I’m too busy watching the Captain tie it up!

 

Anthony:

!!!!!!

Tell me, damn you

 

Keith:

MWP?

 

Anthony:

Don’t Keith me

Yeah, you said there was a King who’s the bruiser

 

Keith:

Our bruiser?

 

Anthony:
Yeah

You said it was someone you don’t really like

 

Keith:
Oh right!

 

Sean:
What’s MWP?

 

Anthony:

Traded to LA maybe a year or two ago

Metta World Peace

 

Keith:

We traded him mid season

So happy!

 

Anthony:

Who was it?

 

Sean:

Ah. Dan Carcillo.

 

Anthony:
Ahhh

 

Keith:

Car bomb

 

Sean:
F___ that guy.

Just got a ten game suspension for pushing a ref.

 

Keith:

Plays on NY

 

Anthony:
Oh, he’s on New York

All clear now

 

Keith:

Played

 

Anthony:

Yeah, f___ that guy

The Kings are a finesse team

 

Keith:

That hits the s___ out of you

 

Anthony:

Make his f_____g head bleed…..

 

 

6:31pm

 

Matt:

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Anthony:
He returns!

Is he belatedly applauding the goal? Or is he applauding the out of date Swingers reference?

Awww s___!!!!!

 

Keith:

Here we go.

 

Anthony:

TOFFOLI

 

Matt:

Thought I was on time

 

Anthony:

Lick my ballsh, Chi town

You were. I was late

 

Keith:

Ryan just showed up. And a goal.

 

Matt:

Finally caught up. Now it’s bath time, see y’all later.

GKG

 

Sean:
Ryan brings the offense

 

Anthony:

“Keeeef…. Bave meeeee”

 

 

6:42pm

 

Keith:

Lock. It.

 

Sean:

Down

 

Keith:

[photo of Keith and Ryan watching game]

 

Sean:

F___ YES

 

 

7:08pm

 

Anthony:

God. F_____g. Dammit.

Gotta capitalize.

 

 

7:43pm

 

Sean:

I can’t f_____g handle this.

 

Anthony:

It’s too much!

So why do you guys fear this cat?

Educate me

 

Sean:
Patrick Kane has 3 series clinching OT goals. Not that this is a series clincher for them, but he is absolute money in overtime.

 

Keith:

Game five. Last year. Same place. Ended our season in OT

 

Anthony:

Gotcha.

Well, s___.

So what you’re telling me is that he really comes alive

Maybe even spreads it out from his forehead to the floor

This has to be exhausting

 

Keith:

Correct. I am exhausted

 

Anthony:

Do they do double OT?

 

Keith:

No. It ends in a tie and both teams go to the Finals

 

Anthony:

Thanks, a__hole

Hey, cool guy, I meant do they do a shoot out

 

Keith:

No pal. OT forever

 

 

[Post-game]

 

8:44 pm

 

Ryan:

If it’s gonna be anyone, I’m glad it was Zeus.

 

Keith:

Goddamnit. Saw it live.

 

Ryan:

What did you say about a Blackhawks push in the first five minutes?

 

 

8:47pm

 

Anthony:

Sorry boss. On to game 6.

 

 

8:51pm

 

Sean:
I gotta go walk this off.

 

Anthony:

Do I have to pick you up on the street? Will you be beating trees?

 

 

May 29

 

 

1:32pm

 

Keith:

Ok. So with a nights sleep and time to sit on this, last night wasn’t so bad right? Result sucked, but we have to still feel good about the game played right?

 

Sean:

For the most part. The most heartbreaking part is that Handzus was Robin’s favorite King when he was with us. So I blame her.

 

Keith:

Ouch.

He is Slovak…

 

Matt:

I blame Tony for not making a prediction

 

Anthony:

Don’t think that I’ve forgotten about how you cost us the game, Matt

 

Keith:

Ha ha ha

 

 

8:58pm

 

Keith:

Looks like I have to stay up here tomorrow. You planning on watching the game?

 

Ryan:

I’ve gotta work until 8pm, so I’m going to try to stay updated and come in late. I figure we do the same thing we did for the Anaheim series: plan on meeting up again in the next round.

 

 

9:10pm

 

Keith:

Thank god the east is settled and Montreal is eliminated. Now hockey media can finally wake up to the WCF and give Kings their due.

2014 Cup Run: Round 3, Game 4

It’s Game 4 of Kings-Blackhawks, and if the past two rounds were any indication, we have no idea what to expect.

Fortunately, Keith and Sean are joined by Matt and Anthony to break down this game before, during, and after in the text thread below.

Today’s link: Woo hoo–completely new link: The Score! Not exactly sure what differentiates this site from others, but it appears to be sports content for mobile devices. Regardless, they have some good NHL coverage during the Stanley Cup playoffs, including Justin Cuthbert’s pieces like this one comparing 2013 to 2014.

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May 26

 

[Pre-game]

 

10:26am

 

Keith:

Who is your Kings Conn Smythe candidiate right now?

 

Matt:

Doughty or Kopitar

You?

 

Keith:

As long as Kopitar stays neutralized, I think Doughty. Been pretty consistent on both ends

 

Sean:

My prediction is Kopi. Cuz he’s gonna blow the Cup Final wide open.

[photo of Randy’s Donuts sign covered as giant Kings hockey puck]

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Keith:

Love it.

Is there really a game tonight? I feel like I need a few more days to absorb that last victory.

 

Sean:

Park and ride.

 

Keith:

Predicted score

 

Matt:

2-0

 

Sean:

3-1

 

Keith:

4-3 again, silent scorers come out blazing. Kopitar w game winner.

 

Sean:

For the record, I’m saying 3-1 Chicago. Kane with the empty netter to knot the series. We are going to 7!

 

Keith:

Ouch.

Do you think Chicago mixes its lines or personnel?

 

Sean:

I think Shaw goes up to the second line to give them more speed up the middle, Handzus gets bumped to the third line.

 

 

5:00pm

 

Keith:

Get a load of this guy: Sean is picking Blackhawks to beat Kings tonight

 

Anthony:

What a dick.

 

Sean:
I just want to take this to Game 7, where Justin Williams can score 7 goals.

 

Keith:

I would be pretty happy if we ended this in five.

 

Anthony:

Um, yeah. The sooner the better.

Especially if Chicago is the best team they’ll play.

 

Keith:

By far.

 

Anthony:

Yeah. Won’t be over until it’s over.

 

Sean:

I’m just saying the Hawks aren’t going down without a fight.

 

Anthony:

Chicago sympathizer. Blackhawks apologist.

 

Keith:

Tony. Who would you like to see Kings beat most in a finals: Chicago, New York, Boston, or the Habs of Montreal?

 

Anthony:

Uh, Boston

F___ Boston

I have generally positive feeling about the other cities, and don’t know the nuances of hockey enough to really comment on those specific franchises otherwise.

 

Sean:

Fine. Kings win 4-2.

Gaborik, Kopitar, Martinez, and Toffoli.

 

 

[game time]

 

6:35pm

 

Keith:
Gabitar!

 

Sean:
We love it!

 

 

6:46pm

 

Sean:
Wow.

 

Keith:

They’re all coming out now!

 

Sean:

Juggernaut mode.

Pearson is looking amazing.

What a period!!!!

 

Keith:

This is unbelievable

 

Sean:

Cautious optimism.

 

 

8:18pm

 

Sean:
Balls.

 

Keith:

4-3?

Sean they need your pep talk

 

Sean:

5-2

LOCK THIS S___ DOWN

 

 

8:58pm

 

Keith:

Done and done!

 

 

May 27

 

8:44pm

 

Anthony:

No f_____g faith, this guy.

Episode 9: Sharks Fan Dan (Part II)

Pardon the interruption–Part Two with our special guest!

Sharks Fan Dan and Keith pick up the conversation to talk further about the collapse of the Sharks/ascendancy of the Kings in the first round of 2014. They discuss the fallout for San Jose in the offseason–from potential trades to firing broadcasters to hiring ice girls–and that quintessential winning ingredient: character.

Plus: BONUS QUESTIONS!

(P.S. Calling Drew Doughty by any other first name–like “Sam Doughty”–is an inside joke, so don’t have a cow)

Episode 4: Kings v. Blackhawks… forever (Part I)

The twin contract extensions (8 years, $84 million each) of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane provide us a reason to talk about our favorite topic: the Los Angeles Kings.

Namely, we go into the ripple effect these contracts ($8.5 annual cap hit) will have on future free agents, what should be valued in signing young stars, and if we’d rather have anyone over Anze Kopitar.

And somehow we manage to weave in Dustin Penner.