Saturday, December 16, 2006

Brust in the Win...

But only for a moment, and the moment's gone.

Up. Down. Up. Down. Up. Down... Being a Kings fan is like riding one of those things that go up and down a lot. I can't remember what they're called, but they have one at Busch Gardens in Florida (but they don't have one at the Busch Gardens in Virginia). It's a ride that goes up and down and up and down. And it kinda makes you a little sick, so it's probably best not to ride it if you just ate. It's kinda fun at first, but halfway through the ride you just want it to end. Ugh.. this is driving me crazy. It goes up and down! What is it called. Geez, I'll remember it in a minute.

So Cloutier is out. One of his own teammates said "enough is enough" and pinged him with a shot to the collar bone during warm-ups in San Jose. We don't know who it was, but it was probably Avery. Even though Cloutier was playing better as of late, he was due to start sucking again any day now, so the timing was good I guess. So in comes Barry Brust in his first NHL start AND HE WAS GREAT! The team did not suck in front of him and the Kings ended up whoopin' on some Shark tail. Good job, guys! Sopel is back and he was great (attention Kings management: don't drop the Sopel. hee, hee...). It's nice to know we have a mobile d-man out there to cover things while Rob Blake is busy deciphering how much money he has in the bank with compounded interest. Anyhow, the Kings looked good after having their butts kicked a few nights earlier by the same Sharks. And Kopitar is a stud-muffin.

Then on an early Saturday game against the Dallas Stars (cripes, aren't there like 30 teams in the NHL? We only seem to play 3 of them over and over and over again). The Kings played the first period like they have played most periods this season; like crap. But they turned it on it the second and actually ended up making a good game out of it before losing it in a shoot-out. You know, if they could have avoided the crappy first period, the game was theirs. Brust was in goal again, and looked good even though he let in two in the first. He actually seems alert when he's playing. Maybe it's just because he's scared to death, but he seemed like he was paying attention, and that's more fun to watch. I look forward to watching more Brust, that's for sure. Oh, and Frolov attempted a wrap-around today. That was the first one he's tried since I let him have it here a while ago. I predict that if he does it again in the next game, he will go on a 10 game goalless streak.

And I can't remember the name of that ride. Was it the Pop-up? The Popper? The Jump-Up? Ughh. If anyone knows, please email me and I'll correct it.