George Johnson won the Lede of the Night with this observation, in reference to Darryl Sutter’s hangover quote following yesterday’s morning skate: “Late last night, his counterpart, Bob Hartley, probably needed a few good stiff drinks,” said Johnson, who came away impressed by the Kings.
Flames ground up and spit out by defending champs
Scott Cruikshank analyzed the sturdy play of Joey MacDonald, which included the second period collision with Trevor Lewis.
MacDonald without support as Flames flattened by defending Stanley Cup champs
Eric Francis asked Darryl Sutter about whether Los Angeles was experiencing a Stanley Cup hangover. Sutter, through his oft-repeated “I know what a hangover is, and I didn’t have one” reply, denies that assertion while pointing to the team’s vastly different blue line. In the other locker room, Bob Hartley, coach of Colorado’s 2001 Cup-winning team that defeated the Kings in the second round, acknowledged a Cup hangover. So apparently L.A. is suffering a Stanley Cup hangover.
The Stanley Cup Hangover: L.A. Kings proof it exists
Wes Gilbertson has the Sun’s game story, which is accompanied by a terrific photo of Jake Muzzin battling for a puck. Hartley also opines that “the bottom line is that we have to be a grittier team. We need to be in people’s face. They ran our goalie and there was no consequences to this. That’s just not acceptable.”
Champion Kings KO Flames
Justin Azevedo (a 21-year old University of Calgary student, not the similarly named Kings prospect) has an astute and comprehensive review of the game. He also disagrees with the “they ran our goalie, so let’s beat ‘em up” idea (See: Hartley quote above).
Post-Game: Fallen Uncles