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Los Angeles Kings @ Carolina Hurricanes Game 63 Recap: Another Embarrassment as Kings Fall 6-1

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Ninth straight loss for the LA Icemen...

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Well, well, well, the Jim Anderson Era has returned and in full force. What’s the Jim Anderson Era you ask? Jim Anderson was the first coach in the history of the Washington Capitals and was fired 54 games into their inaugural season. His record? It was 4-45-5. He never coached in the NHL again.

The Los Angeles Kings under interim coach Willie Desjardins haven’t been quite as bad as those Caps, but to the LA faithful, it sure feels like Jim Anderson (bless his soul) is pacing around the bench. The last nine games have been a disaster, with only three points produced in the middle of a nine game losing streak:

  • At Boston—5-4 (overtime loss)
  • At Washington—6-4 (loss)
  • Home vs. Vancouver—4-3 (shootout loss)
  • Home vs. Boston—4-2 (loss)
  • Home vs. Washington—3-2 (loss)
  • At Nashville—2-1 (loss)
  • At Florida—6-1 (loss)
  • At Tampa Bay—4-3 (shootout loss)
  • At Carolina—6-1 (loss)

After an inspiring moral victory last night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Kings were no match for the Hurricanes as they rolled to their third straight win and completed their February schedule with a 10-3 record. Carolina solidified a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race with its sixth win in seven games.

The points came fast and furious as the Hurricanes were up 6-0 with over twenty five minutes left to play. Dougie Hamilton had two goals and an assist, Teuvo Teravainen added a goal and three assists, Micheal Ferland had a goal and an assist and Sebastian Aho and Jaccob Slavin also scored for the Hurricanes. Jordan Staal finished with three assists.

Dustin Brown had the lone Kings highlight:

I have news for everyone out there telling me to be patient with Willie D. because we can’t fire him before April 8th. The last team Willie D. coached was the 2016-17 Vancouver Canucks who went 2-13-3 in their last 17 games including an eight-game losing streak (0-8-0). They also scored 178 goals when the league average was 228 (or, 22 per cent less than the league average). Anything sounding familiar?

From the sight of it, I’m not the only one who has grown tired of the Lost Willie Desjardins Look:

Willie D’s response (thank you Jon Rosen):

Next: Thursday, the Kings return to Staples Center to face the Dallas Stars.

Quotables:

Isn’t it great that the interim coach never knows when to challenge a goal?:

#LoseForHughes:

Spike Lee talking about the New York Knicks or the Los Angeles Kings: