Kings High On Purple in Penultimate Purple Crown Game
Li'l Wayne was released from Cedars-Sinai today, so it's time to finally move on and get on with our lives with or without the purple drank, sizzurp, whatever. In other things purple, the Kings have decided to retire their purple crown uniforms that served them from 1998 until 2011. They were demoted to third-uniform status last season in favor of the all-black duds, and seeing how they won the Stanley Cup without the purple crown it seems they have decided to completely eliminate them.
This doubleheader series against the Phoenix Coyotes will be the last times they wear the uniforms. Well until they next decide to wear them, that is. One person that wished the sizzurp uniforms remained was Tyler Toffoli. In his second career NHL game, Toffoli took a rebound and went high stick side to beat Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith during a power play. It was his first career goal, and before it was announced, the sold out crowd of 18,118 at STAPLES Center saw the replay and gave him one of the loudest standing ovations this season.
Okay, that's a lie. I asked Toffoli whether he was a superstitious fellow or not. He replied in the negatory. I asked him if he was hoping the purple jelly jerseys would stay, "I don't care." Ah, the apathy of a 20-year old.
Despite ruining one sportswriter's storyline, Toffoli showed that he was a complete heartless bastard. "That ovation afterwards was crazy," he said with a tinge of awe of a young person. "It gave me goosebumps."
That goal made the game 2-0 after a Jake Muzzin goal from the left point on a power-play opened the scoring in the first period. For two periods it was a back and forth game where anything could be decided.
Then the third period happened. The Kings started playing a lot better in their own zone which led to chances on offense.
Anze Kopitar hit a shot from the top of the left circle that really shouldn't have gotten past Smith. Just about a minute later, Jeff Carter charging from the right wing hit a laser glove side on Smith that sent Smith packing. 22 shots, 4 goals, in came former King Jason LaBarbera for the Coyotes.
"We wanted to make sure we took care of our own zone, maybe be a little heavier and sharper with our plays coming out of our zone," Kopitar said. "We didn't give them a whole lot. The shots they took, Johnny was there to make the save."
Yes, Jonathan Quick was in the crease for the Kings, and for the first time this season he got the shutout saving all 27 shots directed at him. But as he normally does, he deflected any praise.
"It's just good to win," Quick said. "It doesn't matter how you do it. If you get two points, you get two points."
The two points earned in the 4-0 win gives them 34 points on the season, good for fourth place in the Western Conference. And thanks to the idiosyncrasies of the lockout schedule, the two teams will meet again tomorrow night at STAPLES Center.
The same effort against a Phoenix team can't be said for the Lakers. They lost to the Phoenix Suns 99-76 with Kobe Bryant out with that sprained ankle.
In Anaheim, Corey Perry agreed to an eight-year, $69 million extension that could keep him with the Ducks until 2021. They proceeded to beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 and whatever excuse the Sharks call a defense.