Flames @ Kings Recap: These Are the Guys We're Trying to Catch?!?

Where Barry Melrose insults us, and we take it out on the Calgary Flames.

"Game 7, must win."

~Jake Muzzin, before Kings/Flames (LA Kings Insider)

Five points behind the surprising Calgary Flames for the West's last playoff berth, would the Los Angeles Kings come out Thursday night with that familiar "Game 7" desperation?

[Box Score]

Uh, yes.

The rout commenced with Kings Legends Night honoree Barry Melrose insulting the team lauding him, when he called the Kings and the Flames "two of the most overachieving teams in the NHL."

Look, I love the underdog. As steeped in stats and spreadsheets as I am, I always root for Rocky Rudy Hoosiers. Did you know the Americans were outshot 39-16 by the Russians in the "Miracle on Ice"?

But Los Angeles and Calgary are not peas in a pod, and LA emphasized that...um, emphatically:

#That70sFam RIP Tanner starred:

Jordan "Rob Blake" Nolan slapped a breathing room third period strike (and eventual GWG), Jonas Hiller's only serious mistake in an otherwise outstanding performance. Jeff Carter was on the ice for 12 of LA's 20 overall chances and had SIX scoring chances for himself; he missed all of them but managed three assists. Dwight King sported a Dwight King hat tricka goal, an assist, and a meme-worthy face:

And Tyler Toffoli! He paced the Kings with a +25 Corsi—for further illustration of Calgary's woes, David Jones's +0 topped his team—and of course, notched his first career hat trick.

Los Angeles overcame a controversial Flames goal and subsequent Jonathan Quick freakout...

...and that was really about the extent of Calgary's resistance.

Love you, Barry, but there was just one overachieving squad at Staples tonight. Leave it to Darryl Sutter to have the last laugh:

(Disclaimer: Like Darryl (I think), I was just poking fun at the Mulleted One. You look great, Barry! But I'm glad he didn't coach the Kings for long. Check out what an anonymous Kings player had to say about Melrose's 1995 firing.)