Episode 15: Let’s Get Rid of NY

Sean and Keith wrap up our August review by taking a closer look at the final round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, when the Kings beat the Rangers.

Highlights, lowlights, and the moment we knew the Cup would be ours. And we get meta.

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Episode 14: Flames Fan Richard

Another special guest! Richard, of Calgary, discusses his take on the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the plight of his Flames past and present, and the mutual bond that is Darryl Sutter.

Keith and Richard also relive their shared experiences during the Kings 2014 Stanley Cup run, as we have been reviewing throughout the month of August, and look forward with a preview of the 2014-15 season.

And they break the one hour mark.

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.

Episode 10: King of Salary Arbitration

A brief wrap-up of the Sharks-Kings series as we conclude week one of the August review.

Sean and Keith then discuss the most important player to avoid salary arbitration and re-sign with his team… and then chat about P.K. Subban.

Short and sweet this episode, featuring the music of L.A.’s own Cinder Cone (they’re Kings fans too).

2014 Cup Run: Round 1, Game 7

Here it is! The seminal Game 7 of Round 1, winner take all!

Who will win? What suspense!

Keith had the good fortune to attend this game in San Jose with Sharks Fan Dan (and it was amazing!)

You can follow the drama and suspense leading up to the game, during, and after, with the text feed below. We even make reference to the text feed in the text feed, that’s how meta we get. Special guest Brian, of Hartford Whaler fandom, makes his first appearance, and will return later in the text feed.

 

Finally, a link for today: In case you don’t already follow Puck Daddy, we highly recommend heading over to Yahoo Sports to read their constantly-updating, continually-comical hockey thread. This is a particularly appropriate time to mention it, considering editor Greg Wyshynski’s entertaining bet with Kings mascot Bailey on who would win this series.

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April 30

 

10:59am

 

Sean:
Niemi in net tonight.
Keith:
Awesome.

 

 

4:58pm

 

Keith:

Look how far we’ve come. I’ve had a lot of pleasure going back through our texts since this series started and seeing the evolution.

 

Sean:

I just went through our text too. We should publish this s___.

 

 

[Game time]

 

7:47pm

 

Keith:

What do you think?

 

Sean:
That the Sharks are pushing a lot, not necessarily dictating the pace but getting the better chances. You?

 

Keith:

I think we’ve won every face off, and seem to be playing our style of game. Sharks have had some quirky chances, but overall I think we look better. Need to throw more pucks on net though.

 

 

8:05pm

 

Sean:

Go_ ____it

 

8:14pm

 

Sean:
____ YEAH!!

 

Keith:

Thank god.

I’m liking this.

 

 

8:28pm

 

Sean:
Good kill.

 

Keith:

Great glove.

Couldn’t tell—have these been legit hooking penalties?

 

Sean:

The Dwight King call was marginal.

That was a legit call. Lewis has to keep moving his feet.

 

 

8:45pm

 

Sean:
Williams to Koptiar. OF COURSE.

 

Keith:

Lord K.

 

 

[8:46pm

 

Brian:
Even I’m stressed by all these penalties

 

Keith:

[Selfie of Dan and Keith at game together]

This is what stressed looks like.

Who are you pulling for Brian?

 

 

8:54pm

 

Brian:

I love Kopitar. Go Kings!]

 

 

9:15pm

 

Sean:

Once again: I got two words for you. And the both start with T.

 

Keith:

Such a sick play. I don’t think Pearson is ever going back to the minors.

 

Sean:
Nor should he. What a pass!

 

Keith:
I can’t believe this.

 

Sean:
Still a lot of hockey left to play. Gotta lock this ____ down

 

 

9:24pm

 

Keith:
Great kill.

I think we should stop tempting fate and just stay out of the ____ing box.

 

 

9:45pm

 

Sean:

And there it is.

 

Keith:

Who next? Gaborik?

 

Sean:

How many people left in the stadium?!

 

Keith:

Lots. And they’re all Kings fans.

[jpeg of arena view]

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Now we can publish our text thread.

 

Sean:

[gif of Joe Thornton crying]

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Keith:

Sean on April 21: “Oh, no one is going to help. We are absolutely going to lose this series. Our only hope is to go down with dignity.

 

Sean:
Keith on April 21: “This might have ruined my 2014

 

Keith:
Keith on April 30: This may have made my decade.

 

 

2014 Cup Run: Round 1, Game 6

Game 6 was close, but in the end, we knew this series had to go to seven games.

Sean and Keith were giddy before, giddy during, and giddy after the game, as you can follow below in the text thread.

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For today’s link, we turn to The Royal Half , which is really a blog and podcast host for a number of Kings fans that form All the Kings Men: check out their game feed to Game 6, which accompanies the text thread of Sean and Keith nicely, as they compile the various tweets and comments of San Jose Sharks fans as they watch this game get out of hand (delicate readers may want to avert their eyes).

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April 27

 

Keith:

So what would your lines be for Monday?

 

Sean:
I wouldn’t change a thing. You?

 

Keith:

Agreed. So is Carter centering the Manchester kids? And Richards is fourth line?

 

Sean:
Yeah, top to bottom. Brown’s been looking good on the top line and Carter and the kids are getting it done.

 

 

April 28

 

6:48pm

 

Keith:
I’m so pumped/nervous/excited I could uppercut a Shark

 

Sean:
[jpg of SJ Shark sushi]

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[Game time]

 

9:20pm

 

Keith:

We gotta do this.

 

 

9:24pm

 

Sean:

Good. NOW LOCK IT DOWN.

Or score another one. Whichever works.

 

 

9:30pm

 

Keith:

Yeah. That’s my preference.

Holy ____. Praise the Kopitar.

 

Sean:

All praise. All praise be to Kopi.

 

Keith:

I must say I think the second goal looks like it seems like it should have been whistled dead.

 

Sean:
But the third and fourth look good to me 😉

 

Keith:

You know, I don’t think these teams like each other.

 

Sean:

I think you may be right. Sharks are looking fragile.

 

Keith:

Yeah. I wish game seven was in like four hours.

 

Sean:

F____, I wish this WAS game seven.

 

Keith:

Martinez has looked good on offense.

 

Sean:

I still can’t believe this.

 

Keith:
Only happened nine times, forcing game seven.

I’m so ecstatic right now.

 

Sean:
There’s still one more. And SJ has been in this position before, having a game 7 forced on them after being up 3-0. They won that game, so expect them to come out strong.

 

Keith:

True. But as I heard someone say, it would be a very San Jose thing to do to go up three games on your state rival then collapse and lose the series.

 

Sean:
Indeed.

 

Keith:

Do you think odds are in our favor?

The beauty of this is that instead of this series being all about Sharks dominance and Kings ineptitude after the first two games, all the focus is on the Sharks choking and Kings showing character.

 

Sean:

I think odds are ever so slightly in our favor. And it sorta seems like every series they play is really about the Sharks choking.