The night of his initial NHL game, Edmonton goaltender Tyler Bunz became a boundary of all hockey jokes, no joke intended.
It was a bad night for Oilers’ goalies all around. Former Los Angeles King and ephemeral fan favorite Ben Scrivens gave adult 5 goals. But even as bad as his night was, it substantially wasn’t as bad as that of his replacement, a 23-year-old Bunz.
The Edmonton Oilers rookie goalie done his NHL entrance and soon gave adult dual goals in a initial 3:15 of a third duration of Thursday night’s diversion between a Kings and Oilers. It was scarcely 3 after a puck slid between his skates and was privileged out of a double by defenseman Martin Marincin.
Don’t worry, a third came after as a Kings finished off a 8-2 win over a Oilers.
“That second idea is one we would like to have back, though other than that it was a good experience,” Bunz said. “You never wish to remove like that and we never wish to have a entrance like that.”
All Twitter jokes about his final name aside, all in assemblage felt for him.
“To chuck him in a diversion where his group is maybe not personification their best diversion and losing by utterly a bit, it’s tough for a immature goalie to come in and be put in that situation,” pronounced Kings’ defenseman Drew Doughty. “Yeah, we feel bad a small bit.”
But what did we design opposite bottom-dwelling Edmonton? The invulnerability couldn’t even hold a puck, and a unhappy predicament of a Oilers’ goaltending usually served to advantage a playoff-hungry Kings. The feat momentarily puts a Kings behind in a final Wild Card playoff mark in a Western Conference.
“This was an critical game, entrance behind after a prolonged highway trip, personification during home,” pronounced winger Marian Gaborik. “This group has been by a lot and via it all, in a conditions like this, we know what it takes. Everybody knows how to ready themselves and how to rouse their game. Everyone knows a significance of these games, and that’s usually a approach it is in this room.”
Gaborik scored twice to pierce his deteriorate sum to 25 goals, imprinting a eighth 25-goal deteriorate of his career. It’s no tip that his diversion has been revived in L.A., though his initial 25-goal deteriorate initial given 2011-12 usually offer bolsters that claim.
But Gaborik hasn’t suffered from any necessity of goals. There’s a few whose descent wells have clearly run dry over a final few months, like Dustin Brown (first idea given Feb. 18) and Doughty (first idea given Feb. 7).
“We need them to do it each game,” pronounced manager Darryl Sutter. “Brownie is a captain, Drew is one of a tip players in a league. When we go double-digits or 20-something games but a goal, I’m certain it wears on those guys since they’re used to being successful.
This diversion could offer as a matter to L.A.’s descent prolongation in a final games of a unchanging season, and maybe even beyond. If a Kings measure adequate goals to take that final playoff spot, maybe they can appreciate Bunz.
He competence need all a kind difference he can get right now.
“He hasn’t played most in a American League either. That’s not an easy conditions to go in to,” Sutter said. “He’s a pro and he will learn from. He’ll pierce brazen since he’s a good Western Canadian.”