ESPN Los Angeles.com hockey blogger Tom Murray watched tonight's Kings-Canucks game at Staples Center with his sons and filed short observations from his vantage point in the stands via his BlackBerry:
10:13 p.m. -- There were 11 Kings with points tonight. Brownie is the No. 1 star. He says it was a statement game for his team and it sure was -- in more ways than one. The Ducks are next on Saturday night. Will have my computer then. Good night everyone!
10:09 p.m. -- Just over one minute to go and Kings mascot Bailey is dressed as a fat lady and singing loud. Its over!
10:06 p.m. -- Snowman for Luongo! Not a great nite for him. 8-3 Kings.
9:43 p.m. -- Hat trick for Brownie! It's 6-2 kings. I know I'm repeating myself folks but this is so appropriate for the guy (Dustin Brown) who has been talking for so long about the importance of not letting up on teams and closing them out especially this time of year. And he has scored half of his team's goals tonight so far.
9:05 p.m. -- Just when we started to think the S word for Jonathan Bernier the Canucks finally get one. Kyle Wellwood wide open to sweep in a rebound.
Then Ryan Kesler beats him short side low to make it 5-2. Not a good goal for the kid.
8:56 p.m. -- And speaking again of KI (killer instinct) and Dustin Brown, the guy who has been touting it for the last few weeks ... Brownie makes it 5-0 on another power play early in the second period.
They have needed a game like this for a long time. And especially against Vancouver, a very good team.
8:45 p.m. -- And on the power play Jarret Stoll jams in the rebound on the Drew Doughty shot from point. Canucks are losing composure and the Kings are taking advantage.
8:42 p.m. -- Next goal is huge folks and the Canucks know it. Coming out very nasty for the second period. If they get the next goal it's a ballgame.
8:36 p.m. -- This just in:
Luongo stays in game. Tommy and pancho both unscathed.
8:34 p.m. -- Hmmm second period about to start and I'm wondering two things.
1. Will Luongo pull himself out of Canucks' net?
2. Has my son Tommy been pummeled yet by a gaggle of canucks fans because of that ridiculous Kings pancho he's sporting?
8:16 p.m. -- Speak of the devil! Dustin Brown is the guy who has been talking about honing that killer instinct early in games and look who just made it 3-0 after a pass from Jack Johnson -- with the one timer from high slot over Luongo's glove.
8:12 p.m. -- Coach Terry Murray has been lauding Anze Kopitar's ability to get to the net and get off good shots. The Kings' second goal is a perfect example. Jack Johnson took the shot on goal and Kopi was right there in front to bang in for his 34th of season.
Kings up 2 0. Now let's see if that killer instinct kicks in early. They've been talking about how important that is, especially this time of year.
7:52 p.m. -- Great pass by Dustin Brown to spring Alexander Frolov who hung on until the last instant before beating Roberto Luongo for a 1-0 Kings lead. This came right after a great penalty kill for LA. Several really good saves by Jonathan Bernier to keep it scoreless.
7:10 p.m. -- Faceoff is half an hour away and my oldest son Tommy decided it would be cool to wear this Kings pancho to the game, borrowed from his friend. A pancho? With a Kings logo on it? Not my first choice. And when he ran into a gaggle of Canucks fans and began razzing them, guess what their comeback was?
Hey kid, you're smack talking US and you're wearing a PANCHO?! I give the kid credit though. He's still wearing it.
Me? I wouldn't wear it home alone.