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Joe Pavelski
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This is a first--I think

Posted Part 5 of Donuts/JMFJ.

So every now and then my hockey YouTube clips end up on hockey blogs, but yesterday one ended up on... the online version of a newspaper. I mainly just wanted to immortalize the horror of a team advancing 5-on-1 with... JMFJ as the one guy back (in the words of Dan Ellis: NIGHTMARE!!!!!!!!!!!!), but it ended up being linked in stltoday.com (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) where they jokingly acknowledge it was a fail.

Mr. Pavelski got an almost hat trick!!! They took a goal away from him and gave it to Patty (cos' Pavelski said the puck never touched his stick) instead, but when I thought it was a hat trick, I got all weepy. And Torrey Mitchell scored yet another weepy goal, although it was not a pretty one this time. It was just guys being relentless and winning puck battles and retrieving pucks and having net presence and pouncing on rebounds and... I love that kind of goal, where the attacking team just overwhelms the other. *sigh* ♥

The Kings had that look of a team that doesn't actually think it's that good although it is, where they tense up as it gets close to the playoffs or some important game. They're trying hard, and generally doing the right things, but just a little too tense and not quite reacting fast enough. The best part of the game was when Donuts and JMFJ had a little moment on the bench, aww. Initially I thought JMFJ was just smiling stupidly because he really got into the ceremony for uhh... I don't know, some old King. But when I rewound, I saw that it was Donuts who made him smile.

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The Kings had that look of a team that doesn't actually think it's that good although it is, where they tense up as it gets close to the playoffs or some important game.

I read somewhere that they are one of the youngest groups of dudes potentially heading into the playoffs, and you can really tell how little big game experience they have when things don't go their way. The novelty of even being in a playoff race must be crazy for them, not to mention the fact that they still, as you noted, go through stretches where they don't have that killer confidence in themselves. Only time will fix this, I think. Believe, little Kings!

Hee.

Well, they did make it last year and they have a lot of guys with big game experience, especially with all the international experience JMFJ and Donuts have had (and then there's Ryan Smyth and Justin Williams). It's state of mind more than time/experience. Neither the Penguins nor Blackhawks were all that experienced when they went on their Cup runs.

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