Stars Can't Solve Quick, Nor Can They Solve NHL Officiating Logic in 3-1 Loss

First thing's first, though.

Jonathan Quick was outstanding in the net for the Kings. And we also got to see first hand why L.A. hasn't surrendered any goals at home on the penalty kill.

Quick only allowed a great individual effort by Jamie Benn to beat him late in the first period after the young sniper beat Drew Doughty in a race to the puck before nimbly backhanding a shot through Quick's five hole to tie the game at 1-1.

And then when the Stars found themselves with a 5-on-3 in the third period, Loui Eriksson missed an open half of the net after an outstanding setup by Brad Richards that had the Kings guessing all the way where he was going to go. If Loui doesn't miss, it's a 2-2 game and the Stars have a golden chance to get some points out of tonight's game.

Instead, it's a 3-1 loss thanks also to a beauty of a game winning goal by Justin Williams off the post and in past a screened Kari Lehtonen.

And while the officials can't be blamed for the loss, I do have one question for Brad Meier and Dan O'Rourke after the jump.

 

Brad Richardson slams Trevor Daley into the boards with what's called a cross check, but could also have easily been a hit from behind and it's only a two minute minor.

Adam Burish battles with Doughty in the corner in a clear battle for the puck, just happens to nudge him from behind, Doughty dives into the boards, and it's a five minute major and a game misconduct?

And yes, I said Doughty dove into the boards. In fact, I'm going to lobby all other NHL fanbases to officially strip the Avalanche of the "Dives" moniker and ask that it be re-applied to the Los Angeles Kings.

Because Doughty's dive wasn't the only thespian act that a Kings player used to draw a call. Dustin Brown used it to his advantage.

Twice on "interference" calls to Karlis Skrastins late in the second period, and on a Steve Ott "interference" call.

Now there's a part of me that doesn't blame either player for doing it. Not when the refs are going to buy it hook, line, and sinker seemingly every time.

Still, both Brown and Doughty looked like a couple of Italian soccer players out on the ice tonight. And that's simply embarrassing if you ask me.

On to Disneyland tomorrow night.

Defending Big D Three Stars:

1 - Jonathan Quick (LA)
2 - Dan O'Rourke Justin Williams (LA)
3 - Brad Meier Jamie Benn (DAL)

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Defending Big D

You must be a member of Defending Big D to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Defending Big D. You should read them.

Join Defending Big D

You must be a member of Defending Big D to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Defending Big D. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker