It was important for me to learn that perfection - even professionally - is simply not a normal state of being. No one can be perfect all the time. The Kings were perfect for the past 3 games. But tonight they failed. And that's normal, because it wasn't a question of IF they would lose a game, it was a question of WHEN. Now they just need to put the game behind them and move on.
Almost all of it. Our power play was a joke. With the exception of some moments of competence, pretty much everyone looked dazed out there.
Kovalchuk didn't score a goal. Bernier didn't have a total meltdown in the third period.
Bernier. Oh, Bernier. I hope he isn't feeling completely terrible right now.
I'm not sure that playing Quick would have resulted in a different outcome, unless the entire locker room toasted Bernier's home debut with pre-game cups full of roofies. The first goal was unlucky. The second was unfortunate. The third...maybe he could have done something about, but maybe not.
Can someone please explain to me why goalie interference is not reviewable? They said that the review of the first allowed goal ultimately happened to determine whether he swatted it in with his hand. But it seems like goalie interference should definitely be reviewable. Close calls on goalie interference don't seem to happen all that often (I can think of two times since the start of last season, though admittedly I did not watch every game) so really how much time would be wasted if they reviewed those close calls, especially if the result was a goal?
To help cleanse your memories of tonight's debacle, feel free to watch this video of Jack Johnson being downright adorable.
Alright, Kings fans. We had a bad night. But we'll be better on Thursday- good enough to show the world that we are in fact Stanley Cup contenders. Because just remember- it's not a question of IF we'll win the Cup. It's a question of WHEN.