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Two years ago the Los Angeles Kings opened their season by raising a Stanley Cup championship banner to the Staples Center rafters, then got pounded by the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2.
Last night they suffered a similar fate. After a pregame ceremony in which they raised their second championship banner in three years, the Kings came out totally flat and got pounded 4-0 by the San Jose Sharks.
Of course, the Sharks were probably more eager to beat the Kings than they’ve ever been before, having choked away a 3-0 series lead against their SoCal rivals in the opening round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. But that still doesn’t change the fact that the Kings looked rusty.
How rusty? This Jonathan Quick puck handling fail sums it up pretty well:
Yep, that was brutal. And you can actually expect to see a lot of plays like that this season. The NHL has expanded the trapezoid (behind the goal) in which goalies are allowed to handle the puck by two feet on either side of the goal. So goalies are probably going to get more aggressive with their puck handling, and that’s probably going to lead to a bunch of crappy goals—at least until coaches crack down and tell them all to knock it off.