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.

2014 Cup Run: Round 3, Game 7

The Kings and Blackhawks went to Game 7? In 2014? Involving Justin Williams?

Was anybody really surprised the Western Conference Final was decided in seven games (and overtime no less)? This, what many called the de facto Stanley Cup final, is also quickly being labeled one of the best conference finals (and best finishes) in NHL history.

That means that we had quite a lot to chatter about via text messages, as the feed below shows. Old friends and new friends of Kings of Kings chime in, whom we hope to feature on the podcast soon (such as Richard and Ryan). And, spoiler alert, we continued to talk about this game many days after it wrapped up.

Today’s link: Let’s toss this one to Chicago since it’s the last chance we’ll get–The Chicago Tribune previews this epic matchup in its sports section from a Blackhawks perspective. If this looks eerily familiar to LA fans and readers of the LA Times, you now know who the parent company of these papers is.

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May 31

 

4:08pm

 

Keith:

Sigh. Well that was painful.

Gonna watch Sunday?

 

Ryan:
This is a game 7 team, Keith. I still like our chances. I’m definitely going to watch, but I may be doing it on a date with the wife.

 

 

June 1

 

[Game time]

 

7:34pm

 

Ryan:

This is breathless hockey.

Meaning every time Matt Greene is on the ice, I hold my breath.

 

Sean:

I’m not even watching and I’m shutting my pants.

 

Ryan:
Shut them pants up!!!

Just like LeBrun predicted at the start of the series: Game 7 headed to OT

SHUT UP THEM PANTS

I’m moving from beer to rye

Just to calm these old nerves

 

 

8:00pm

 

Keith:

So I just got off work. What did I miss?

Lebrun also picked the Hawks in OT so shut them pants!

 

 

[Post-game]

 

8:12pm

 

Ryan:

TO THE F_____G CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUIIUUUUUIIIUIIIUUIIIIIIIPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who gets the first assist?

JUSTIN

F_____G

GAME

7

 

Keith:

!!!

 

Ryan:

WILLIAMS

Wrong, Keith.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Keith:

Two words for you!

 

Ryan:
THE

CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPPPPPPPPPP

Or is it:

GAME

ONE

CAMBER

That’s three words, Keith

F________________________________________________________________________________

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Keith:

I think TT actually scored that GW goal

 

Ryan:

Damn it, Keith.

You’re actually right.

 

Keith:

I’m pretty sure it makes sense, since Tyler F____n Toffoli is Blackhawks Killah

 

Ryan:

KILLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH

 

Sean:

Knock knock.

 

Keith:

Who’s there?

 

Sean:
[jpg of Justin Williams as Game 7]

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Keith:

Did you get to see any of the game?

 

Sean:

Not one second. Gonna watch the entire replay of it tomorrow.

 

Ryan:

I caught it all live and in Technicolor.

 

Sean:
F___ YOU

 

 

8:18pm

 

Anthony:

Suck a fatty, Chicago!!!!!

GKG!!!!

 

Keith:

Gahd!

 

Anthony:

!!!!

 

 

8:37pm

 

Anthony:

Now we can enjoy this moment….

 

Keith:

All of Game Six is forgiven

I’m going to now pretend that crazy ovation we were a part of was us at Game 7 shutting up all of Chicago.

In case you needed that moment in stereo

 

 

8:38pm

 

Richard:

The Kings did not take the easiest path to the finals.

 

Keith:

My heart is exhausted.

Welcome to the wild wild west

 

Richard:

That was such a good series.

I cannot see the finals measuring up, or putting as much stress on your heart.

 

Keith:

Yes. I can now agree since we won.

 

Richard:

Depends on how banged up the Kings are though

 

Keith:

But I did wonder what a more objective hockey fan thought of it, and I’m glad to hear you enjoyed.

I flew home for Game Six Friday and came back yesterday. That was a heartbreaker.

 

Richard:

Friday was tough. I thought they had that one.

 

Keith:

Who do you think looked better in this series?

 

Richard:

I think this has been one of the best series in a while. So intense, fast and skilled. Never a moment to relax.

 

Keith:

Yeah. I’m wondering if this will be looked back on in a decade as one of the best conference finals.

 

Richard:

I thought LA looked better. Did not catch all the games, but they looked to have an edge in what I saw.

Though they looked tired today.

This year has been weird. So many teams that you could make a case for going all the way, but almost all teams in the west.

 

Keith:

Right. And the only two contenders in the east bowing out in the second round.

 

Richard:

They did not look very good while getting eliminated too.

 

 

10:56pm

 

Keith:

So tell me your feelings right now.

 

Sean:

F_____g ecstatic.

 

Keith:

I want you to hold that feeling, keep it like a warm orb, and hold it against that little black pit of despair you had during game six.

Because we just knocked off the reigning champions, kicked the cup out of chitown, and are headed HOME to the finals.

 

 

June 2

 

11:16 am

 

Keith:

OH MY GOD!

OH MY GOD!

Last night actually happened!

KINGS WON THEIR THIRD STRAIGHT GAME SEVEN!

ON THE ROAD!!!!

 

Sean:

Knock knock.

 

Ryan:

Who’s there?

 

Sean:

[jpg of Justin Williams]

justin-williams-nhl-stanley-cup-final-new-york-rangers-los-angeles-kings-850x560

Knock knock.

 

Ryan:

[jpg of Darryl Sutter on “Return of the King” poster]

IMG_3258

Whoos der?

 

Sean:
[jpg of Blackhawks logo with palm on face]

IMG_3408

 

Keith:

Wow. You need to share that with Tony

 

 

11:46am
Sean:
[jpg of Blackhawks logo with palm on face]

 

Matt:

Nice

 

Anthony:

Muy bueno

 

 

June 3

 

12:21pm

 

Sean:
Courtesy of Robin:

A girl walks into a bar wearing a Hawks jersey. A guy walks up to her and says, “Hi, my name is Two Goal Lead, what’s yours?” She says, “What kind of name is Two Goal Lead?” He replies, “I figured anyone wearing a Hawks jersey would blow a Two Goal Lead.”

 

Keith:

Please tell me she made that up.

Have you seen this?

[gif of Drew Doughty celebrating and falling on ice]

DoughtyCelebrationFinal478-2

 

Sean:
Over and over and over again.

 

Keith:

There’s a great gif of the entire bench too that I’ve watched endlessly.

You know what one of the best parts of going to the Finals is?

Now there’s no other series for the media to get distracted by while the Kings quietly go about their world beating.

2014 Cup Run: Round 3, Game 6

Game 6 between the Kings and Blackhawks–and what a moment for Kings of Kings!

Sean, Robin, Keith, Anthony and other friends all head to the game at Staples Center in person to watch! It was exciting, it was breathtaking, and it was… not the last game of the series.

You will forgive us, but there is not a whole lot of text messaging during this game, considering many of us were there together. However, friends of the podcast who were not there in person–such as Ryan and Brian–are featured in the text thread below. What is not included is an intense heart-to-heart between Sean and Keith during the second intermission, which we refer to later on (stay tuned).

Today’s link: It’s an obvious one this time, but we should not overlook the fact that the LA Kings team website produces original articles and content, which for supreme Kings fans can be an excellent source of insider information (or bonus fun quotes). Because we love him, because he was a hero in the playoffs, and because this is written around the time of Game 6, here is Doug Ward’s profile of Marian Gaborik.

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May 30

 

12:38pm

 

Keith:

Was able to change schedule and now am flying back to cheer on in person. GKG!

 

Ryan:

Hell yes!!! Bring the heat!!!

 

 

[Pre-game]

 

Sean:

Word on the street is you’re going to the game tonight. Wanna carpool?

 

Keith:

About to board a flight. Hopefully. What time were you planning on leaving?

 

Sean:

Maybe 5?

 

Keith:

Ok. I’ll get back to you. You’ll be leaving from your house?

 

Sean:

Yup. So pumped you’re gonna be here!

 

Keith:

You’re telling me! I just found out this morning.

 

 

[GAME TIME]

 

6:08pm

 

Brian:
You at this game??

 

Keith:

[photo from seats viewing Kings net]

IMG_2509

You better be pulling for Anzombie

 

Brian:

Shhh. I am but don’t let anyone in this city hear.

Very nice. Good luck

 

 

6:43pm

 

Brian:

That one was coming right at ya

 

Keith:
Indeed. So good.

 

Brian:

I would enjoy a Quick v Lundvist final. Even if Crawford came to the Christmas tree lighting at my office.

 

Keith:

We’re gonna light him up like a Christmas tree

 

 

6:47pm

 

Sean:

Dwight king: offensive dynamo.

 

Keith:

Dwight King face!

 

 

7:02pm

 

Keith:

So far so good.

 

Sean:
Gotta be cleaner coming out of the neutral zone.

 

 

7:18pm

 

Keith:

Goddamn

 

 

8:16pm

 

Brian:
Well well

 

 

8:17pm

 

Keith:

!

 

Sean:

Can’t handle this game.

 

Keith:

Heart. Attack.

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]

KopiCarterLove

[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]

xt.fss.l.nhl.com-p.3072.gif

 

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.