Kings Lose Their Captain and the Game Against Red Wings
The NHL suspended Kings captain Dustin Brown for his elbow to Jason Pominville in the second period. NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan with the video explanation:
Unlike a lot of Kings fans on Twitter, I thought Brown deserved a one-game suspension since it was an elbow to the head and Pominville didn't come back in the game. The two games made me take notice, but it's hard to quibble with.
Nonetheless it was clear to see how Brown was badly needed in their 3-1 loss against the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings came out like the desperate team they are: ninth place with a point out of a playoff spot with a game in hand. The Kings were outshot 13-4 in the first period and looked like they were playing with fire on consecutive games.
The Kings came out in the second period with more urgency, and after near misses at the beginning of the period Kyle Clifford cleaned up a rebound off of Trevor Lewis' shot to give the Kings the 1-0 lead. But it was downhill after that
Several minutes later the wizardry that is Pavel Datsyuk equalized the game on a puck the went five-holiest of all five-holes. A tad bit more gravity and the puck could have shaved Quick's balls.
And in the third period Jordin Tootoo and Johan Franzen score for Detroit to keep their playoff hopes alive for another day.
I saw a couple of tweets from fans wondering where the great playoff road team from last season went. I'd just like to add that in the final home-and-home regular season games against San Jose, the Kings lost both in a willie-shrinking manner. Those two games were why I thought the Vancouver Canucks would sweep the Kings last season. And we know how that went.
Besides if the Kings fall to the six-seed, the worst-case scenario, they would match up against the Canucks. So woulda coulda shoulda. When the playoffs start next week I have no doubt that head coach Darryl Sutter will have his team prepared.
Update: Added video of the ball-shaver goal.