“Good Parenting”—this all-important Just Say No to Ducks Public Service Announcement brought to you by Kyle Clifford’s son:
In game 81, the Los Angeles Kings was simultaneously looking to sweep the season Freeway Faceoff and lock down the second most ping pong balls in the upcoming draft lottery. Wilbrod Desjardins finally played four lines evenly and Kings fans got a great look at some of the young kids, but in a 5-2 loss, Anze Kopitar said it the best:
”You’re trying to get through the last few games. It’s a frustrating time. There’s nothing left to play for. Mentally, it’s tough getting ready for games. But this is our job and we have to do it. We had some chances, didn’t get it done.”
And there was this cheapness from Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry:
Punching a guy when he's not looking is obviously not cool, but attempting to destroy Adrian Kempe's face, one of the greatest pieces of art known to man, should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. pic.twitter.com/jR0sXEIQXg— PumperNicholl (@PumperNicholl) April 6, 2019
Coach’s Corner: What Wilbrod Desjardins Did Wrong Tonight:
1. Sitting Jonny Brodzinski again.
2. Challenging the first Anaheim goal. No way that this one was being overturned. The Ducks announcers were doing everything but laughing at Wilbrod. Timeout wasted and everything was downhill from there.
3. Proving this entire season is a lie:
sorry for no tweets, I'm sure a game is happening but I just accidentally went down a Wikipedia rabbit hole and... https://t.co/GuXDCwr4xU— Jewels from the Crown (@JFTC_Kings) April 6, 2019
The Game 81 Highlights
(if you want Ducks stuff, go to their recap)
Kings 1 Ducks 0.
Ducks 4. Kings 2.
Games Until the Kings are Eligible for a New Head Coach: 1
Games Since Tyler Toffoli Scored Against an NHL Goaltender: 26
More from the Cheap Report: Nick Ritchie—The Ducks forward took four minor penalties in the third period and topped it all off with a cheap 10-minute misconduct.
Next: The Kings host the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2018-19 season finale on Saturday at Staples Center.
Kings now guaranteed to have the 2nd or 3rd most ping pong balls...
A collection of relevant games on the NHL schedule today: #NJDevils at FLA— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) April 6, 2019
VGK at LAK
(Updated) scenarios: If NJ gets 2 points, it finishes 29th
If NJ gets 0 + LA wins, NJ is 30th
If NJ gets 1 + LA wins in reg/OT, NJ is 30th
If LAK gets 0 or 1, NJ finishes 29th