Revenge Is a Dish Best Served On Ice

Posted: October 16, 2010 by goaliesgetmorebetches in Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks
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Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo sobs after the Kings' Justin Williams scores.

Kings celebrate Justin Williams' 2nd period goal in the corner as Roberto Luongo sobs. (Image: Getty)

 

Back in April, the Vanouver Canucks ended the Kings’ hockey season by defeating them 4 games to 2 in their first round playoff series. Along the way, the Canucks and many of their fans became mortal enemies of the LA faithful. First their was the blatant disrespect handed down from Vancouver press toward the Kings. Second was Canucks’ fans whining about officiating and even going so far as to propose conspiracy theories about the NHL “not wanting a Canadian team to win” simply because off ice officials made a CORRECT call about a deliberate kicking motion. Then it was Alex Burrows’ dirty antics and Roberto Luongo flopping to the ice like he’d been shot with a 12 gauge every time a King forward got within two feet of him.

If I haven’t made it clear by now, I’m still bitter about that loss. A couple of bounces go the other way and the Kings win that series in 5 games. Even so, they gave the Canucks all they could handle and came up short in the end. I want revenge. The team wants revenge. If you’re a Kings’ fan reading this, I’d bet money you want revenge too.

The Kings have played two solid games against the Canucks this season, and have won both. Last Saturday’s season opener was a 2-1 shootout victory in which Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson absolutely torched Luongo in the shootout and Jon Quick slammed the door on Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler. Quick was the first star of that contest.

Friday night in LA, the Kings again bettered Luongo. While LA managed only 19 shots against Luongo, they scored on four of them. Vancouver outshot the Kings 26-19. The low shot total was indicative of two quality defenses, the difference being the Kings got clutch goaltending from Quick while Luongo was less than stellar.

 

Jon Quick makes one of 25 saves against Vancouver (Image: AP)

 

Speaking of Quicker, he’s been the #1 star in all three of his starts this season. He’s currently 3-0-0 with a paltry 1.0 goals against average and a save percentage of .963. He looks more focused and refined, and his play has been nothing short of dynamite. Quicker came to camp 15 pounds lighter and in better shape. I don’t think you can understate the effect of Jonathan Bernier’s graduation to the NHL on Quick. When the two were teammates in Manchester 3 seasons ago, Quick rose to the occasion. This year, the same is happening early on. You could easily argue that Quick has been the best goalie in the entire National Hockey League during this first week of the season. I’d take him over Roberto Luongo right now, without thinking twice.

So, the Kings have earned no worse than a season split with the hated Canucks. I wonder if the Vancouver papers are still calling the Kings “lucky” and “inferior”?

The real opportunity for revenge, will come in April once the postseason starts. I expect both to be division winners, but we could see a Kings-Canucks matchup in round two. It’s a long ways off yet, but I wouldn’t bet against the Kings right now.

I have a feeling next time these two conduct a post-playoff series handshake, it won’t be the Kings heading home to play golf.

Revenge is a dish best served cold, and what’s colder than serving it on ice?

GO KINGS!

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