I don't want to talk about it. But it looks like I'm going to be out of town for Game 5 and unable to watch the Los Angeles Kings attempt for the 2nd time to eliminate the Vancouver Canucks from the 2012 NHL Playoffs. Thankfully, I'll still be able to follow along with the game on Twitter!
Fuck you Brown, suck my mother fucking DICK! #LaKings
Not a problem at all. I'll totally be able to feel like I'm watching the game live via Twitter. In the meantime, Jesse Cohen and I talked with Jason Kurylo from the Canucks blog, Pucked in the Head, about Game 5, what's next for the Canucks if they are eliminated and the Luongo-Schneider Debacle. Check it out here, subscribe to it on iTunes or you can listen below.
It's the post-Game 4 edition of All The Kings Men with myself, Podcaster General Jesse Cohen and The Mayor John Hoven. Now that the dust has settled from all the parades being thrown in Vancouver, Jesse identifies the biggest threat for the Los Angeles Kings in this 1st Round Series.
2001 was so long ago that the Tupac Hologram has better resolution than this video.
In the 2001 Playoffs, the LA Kings were a 7th seed up against the big machine that was known as the 2nd seeded Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings were about to start an amazing streak of 8 straight years finishing 1st in their division and would even go on to win the Stanley Cup the next season. But after losing the first 2 games, the LA Kings roared back with 4 consecutive victories to advance to the 2nd round. Which is exactly what every sane LA Kings fan is worried the Vancouver Canucks is going to do starting tonight.
The only scientific proof that the LA Kings ever beat the Detroit Red Wings.
I haven't been emotionally equipped to deal with the Kings 3-0 lead in this series against the Canucks. So I have no idea what I'll be feeling when I'm at Staples Center tonight. This is the Kings first 3-0 lead in a playoff series ever... like ever, ever ever. And I think we all know how well the LA Kings do with an early big lead. The Canucks backs are against the wall so bad they have started the Twitter Hashtag #ReverseSweep to get their fans invested in winning this series. Even more desperate of a move than starting a Twitter Hashtag is the fact that the Vancouver Canucks are even thinking about rushing their good twin back early from a concussion... which you know... always turns out well.
This could very easily be the face of Canucks OR Kings fans tonight.
So sit back and enjoy it, friends. And if you are going to the game in LA... be sure to participate in the newest trend sweeping the nation!!!
I am not emotionally prepared to write a recap yet about the Los Angeles Kings Game 3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks which gave them a 3-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time since... ever. So instead listen to myself, Podcaster General Jesse Cohen, The Mayor John Hoven and Matt from Life In Hockeywood break down Game 3 and talk about what are four guys who are used to a culture of losing supposed to do now.
The last time a Los Angeles Kings hockey team held a 2-0 lead in a playoff series it was 1968 against the Minnesota North Stars. You remember 1968, right? The first year the Los Angeles Kings were a team in the NHL!
It was so long ago they didn't even have color!
Boy... they sure fought strangely in 1967-68.
The Los Angeles Kings ended the 1967-1968 season with 72 points finishing 2nd in the newly formed West Division. You remember the West Division, right? The one with Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and St. Louis?
Wow. The expansion LA Kings scored 12 more goals than the 2011-2012 LA Kings. In 8 less games.
The Flyers, Kings, Blues and North Stars finished in the Top 4 spots and advanced on to the playoffs. You think playoff seeding is messed up now? In 1968, the #1 played the #3 and the #2 played the #4. So that's how the Minnesota North Stars and the Los Angeles Kings met in the NHL Quarterfinals on April 4th, 1968 in Los Angeles. And I'd like to imagine it looked something like this:
Looking good, boys.
But in actuality... it probably looked something like this. Or exactly like this:
Plenty of great seats available.
The Kings won the 1st two games at home, the dropped the next two on the road at the amazing Met Center.
And in typical Los Angeles Kings fashion... after holding a dominant series lead... the Kings shit the bed and ended up losing in 7 games, culminating with a 9-5 drubbing in Game 7. Doug Robinson and Lowell McDonald tied for the lead in team scoring with 7 points each. And I imagine it all looked something like this:
Do I think the Los Angeles Kings will end up losing their 1st Round Series against the Vancouver Canucks after being up 2-0? Man, it's hard not to when history always repeats itself.
Let's go, Kings fans. Make us proud while on a national TV audience this Sunday at Staples Center. Because in one motion... you can rate the Vancouver Canucks' dives on a scale of 1-10 AND show them how many goals the Los Angeles Kings are going to score on Roberto LuongoCory Schneider???
You can download a full-size PDF version here to print out. Nothing would make me happier than this sign making it onto the NBCSN Broadcast. Make us proud, Kings fans.
(If that download link doesn't work, let me know.)
The Million Dollar Nerdtet is back!!! Myself, Podcaster General Jesse Cohen, The Mayor John Hoven and Matt from Life In Hockeywood break down the Los Angeles Kings Game 2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks and whether or not Jesse will be healthy enough to make it to Game 3.
I wish there was some way to visually represent what the faces of Vancouver Canucks fans must have looked like when the Los Angeles Kings beat them 4-2 in Game 2 of the 1st Round of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Los Angeles Kings come back to LA with a 2 game lead that has all of Canada acting calmlypanicking the fuck out. I know that Vancouver is a very green-friendly city... so it's great that they'll be able to recycle this headline from Game 1 for Game 2.