Teams always prefer to dominate in a match-up, but sometimes everybody’s on their A-game, and it’s a tie situation throughout. This has happened with the Kings’ opponents twice in a row now. When you have a situation like that, you need a “clutch” player to push things over. Captain Toothless was the clutch player when the Kings faced Chicago last Monday.
Brown got his own rebound (off another player’s body!) and popped it right past Chicago’s goaltender to put the Kings in the lead with 90 seconds left to play.
During the Blues game Thursday, Mike Richards (#10) held off a swarm of Blues big bodies to jam the puck into the net and give the Kings a late third-period lead.
Let me tell you something about Richie, Retta. He’s a beast at setting up plays but at 5’11” he’s also, like, nearly an elf by hockey standards. Not a Keebler elf, though, because he’s a threat on the ice. So maybe more like a gremlin? But not a gremlin in the face, because that would be tragic and Mike Richards’ face and entire self are super the opposite of tragic.
(I didn’t make this gif.)
Richie used to be the captain for the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers have aggressively orange jerseys, and they almost won the Stanley Cup in 2010 but fell in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Bummertown. Population: this team.
His trade to LA in 2011 was surprising and dramatic for the media, and Richie wasn’t sure what he was coming into with the Kings. He’s settled in real nice since then, and now some people like to laugh at the Flyers because they traded away an eventual Cup winner.
There’s a part 2 to this story. Part 2 is a tall drink of water named Jeff Carter. I’ll tell you about him soon.