It’s time for more input from the readers.
On Sunday afternoon the Kings played game one of a three-game road trip and didn’t start off on a good note. In a game where they should have been looking for redemption – and a much needed two points – after not showing up to play the Blackhawks on opening day in LA, they spotted Chicago a 3-0 lead. Mike Richards, who scored in Friday night’s game vs. the Blue Jackets, added a pair of goals to make things interesting. But, like Darryl Sutter always says, it’s a 3-2 league. So, the Kings fell short.
Video highlights have been posted here.
Following the game we asked people to complete the following:
“‘The biggest problem the Kings had in their game vs. the Blackhawks was ________.” (FILL IN THE BLANK)
After scanning the feedback provided on twitter and facebook, here are the ten best answers…
Matthew B. – Defensive zone confusion. Coverage got crossed up too many times and allowed them to sustain their forecheck. Quick had 34 saves. Too many times shots came in consecutive strings with rebound chances.
Krystal D. – Chasing. Not staying home. They looked panicked and all over the place.
Michael A. – Playing an afternoon game on NBC.
Callon T. – Defensive zone issues. Biggest thing being Quick not getting the help he needed. Not enough shot blocking, not enough puck control. List can go on and on. But it should be a good amount of film for the guys to use to work on fixing the problems.
David S. – Still not playing as a Team for a full 60 min.
Joel P. – Their slow start and not being able to match the intensity of the Blackhawks in the 1st period.
Vanessa M. – Not starting a goalie who was starting a winning streak.
@JDSauls – The first 30 minutes or so of the game as a whole. It’s in the scouting report now for other teams to jump on Kings out of gate.
@CalebRapoport – Team Speed. Have they had even one breakaway this season?
@erikforreals – Forwards not getting back deep enough and losing their def. coverage when B-hawks started to cycle.
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Jason Kahn says
People are too harsh on Quick. He made a butt load of stops. The team in front of him has to be better for 60 minutes.
You have got to be kidding me with that comment “people are too harsh on Quick”.. People give Quick the Benefit of the doubt ALL the time EVERY time.. He is never held accountable for anything, whether its deserved or not. If he loses its always the Defenses fault or not enough goal support.. or a number of excuses. He played frikken awesome last year in the playoffs, YET our defense and strength up the middle along with short handed goals and great play on the road had EVERYTHING to do with us winning the cup. ITS NOT ALL ABOUT QUICK. Ive heard People say they wouldn’t trade Quick for Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby, which is frikken stupid. The guy people are to harsh on is Jonathan Bernier, … Bernier simply deserves to be treated better. He deserved to start sunday against the blackhawks, no one can convince otherwise.
After reading these its funny that the things fans say from year to year never changes. Worst thing about the loss? Its one thing to prove to yourself and team that you can comeback from 3 down in 1 period, it’s a whole other thing to prove it to the rest of the league, and the kings weren’t able to do that. Its like saying lindstrom is unhittable, sooner or later you stop trying to run him into the boards. Catch my drift?
I agree with Jason, he saved 34 of 37 and I believe 2 of the 3 that got by were without a stick. We scored 2 out of 27 shots. So basically someone scored every dozen times a goalie faced a flying puck. We need more shots on goal. If we had played periods 1 & 2 like we played period 3, with that intensity, we may have tied it up or won. Can’t take 40 mins to get to that level tho.