Teams keep quiet about end-of-game fights
Amnesia set in after the shenanigans that came at the end of the Ducks’ 4-3 victory over the Kings on Saturday.
With time running out, the Ducks’ Todd Marchant clobbered the Kings’ Lubomir Visnovsky. The Kings’ Sean Avery went after Marchant and the Ducks’ Sean O’Donnell went after Avery. Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle yelled at Avery and Kings Coach Marc Crawford barked at Carlyle.
Afterward, those involved acted as if they received advice from legal counsel.
Avery first refused to come out to be interviewed, then was cornered as he moved briskly out of the dressing room. Asked what happened, he said, “I don’t know. I don’t remember.”
Carlyle drew a similar blank, when asked about the details.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I have to watch the tape.”
When he does, he might notice that he and Crawford were jawing intensely at each other.
“I was yelling at Randy,” Crawford said. “I don’t think coaches should be yelling at another team’s players. I know I have done that, but I try not to.”
O’Donnell, who pummeled Avery in a fight during an exhibition game, had the most recall.
“I just saw that Crawford was yelling at our bench and I don’t know if we necessarily did something to warrant that or if he was just trying to fire up his guys for tomorrow,” O’Donnell said. “I’m not a big fan of guys going back and forth. You just worry about your own team.”
Dan Cloutier’s woeful play in goal has led to Kings fans to do mock cheers every time he touches the puck. But he has one sympathetic ear: Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
“It’s not fun when you’re struggling,” Giguere said. “When you’re doing that, you’re not helping, so I’m not sure what’s going through their mind when they’re doing that mock cheer. As a goalie, your confidence is fragile and it’s hard to regain sometimes when you lose it. I’ve been there before.”
The luckiest man at Staples Center on Saturday? Ducks forward George Parros, who has gained 24 points in the standings.
Parros, the Kings’ enforcer last season, was injured during training camp and lost his job to Raitis Ivanans in training camp. He was claimed off waivers by the Colorado Avalanche, then traded to the Ducks.
On Saturday, he got to square off with Ivanans, and ended up on top after a lengthy scuffle.
“It was a little weird fighting the guy who took your job,” Parros said. “I can’t fault the Kings. Raitis played well and won the job.”
Besides, the view from above is nice.
5, Ch. 56
Site -- Honda Center.
Radio -- 1150, 830.
Records -- Kings 9-15-4, Ducks 20-2-6.
Season series -- Ducks lead, 3-0-0.
Tickets -- (877) 945-3946.