What’s left to say about these Los Angeles Kings?
We’ve discussed their post-season dominance for weeks already. We’ve compared them to dominating post-season teams of years gone by. Some of us have debated the fact that despite their seeding (No. 8 in the West), they are far from a traditional “underdog” or upset story. Others have embraced the whole “eighth seed” thing.
We’ve talked about Darryl Sutter’s coaching job. We’ve talked about players like Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar and others. We’ve obviously talked about Jonathan Quick, who is enjoying one of the best playoff goaltending performances ever.
So on Monday night, as I watched the Kings outskate and outwork the Devils to every puck despite being up 4-0 in the game and about to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series, I realized that I had nothing left to say about this team, and I’m assuming others are reaching that point, too.
That’s not meant as a knock on the Kings at all. In fact, the truth is that they’ve simply been “too good” to leave us with much discussion. It’s pretty much inevitable now. The best team in the National Hockey League is on the verge of being crowned champions.
Got anything else to say?
Here are your morning links:
- The Stanley Cup is a trophy fit for Kings (Fox Sports West). Want to know how confident L.A. area writers are? “The Los Angeles Kings effectively won their first championship in franchise history with a dominating 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils“. That’s from the linked FS West story.
- The Kings are ready to join the pantheon of championship LA teams (Reuters).
- Watch Jonathan Quick’s five best saves of Game 3 (Puck Daddy). Suffice to say, Quick was excellent when he needed to be…again.
- Simon Gagne steps in, feels comfortable (ESPN).
- Will the Kings’ success lead to Paul Holmgren’s demise? (Bloguin.com). While Holmgren and the Flyers have built quite the sustainably good team themselves, there have to be fans in Philly watching this team and thinking.
- Wayne Gretzky drops puck, sits down for interview (NBC Sports). Wayne Gretzky, you know, the guy that saved hockey in Los Angeles in 1998.
- The Devils give and die in L.A. (New York Post).
- As Lund wrote last night, Michel Therrien appears to be the next head coach of the Montreal Canadiens.
- Take Dallas Eakins out of the Oilers’ coaching equation (Edmonton Journal). As a Leafs fan, I can only hope Eakins gets the next crack at coaching the big club.
- Canucks in good spot as teams scramble for goalies (The Province). There’s nothing like dealing from a position of “strength.”
- Report: Flames won’t spend to the cap next season (NBC Sports). How this team hasn’t come to the conclusion yet that it’s time to blow things up and rebuild is beyond me.
- Tobias Enstrom: Rent, buy or build in Winnipeg? (The Hockey Writers).