The Los Angeles Kings have found a new role for the suspended defenseman, troglodyte, and failed levitator Denis Gauthier: good luck charm.
While his team was dispatching the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, scoring three goals in the second period during a 3-1 victory, Gauthier was in the Kings TV booth. He visited the Kings Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer Bob Miller and color commentator Jim Fox during the crucial second period when the Kings cracked open the game.
Between breaks in the action, Gauthier spoke about the incident which has him off the ice for five games; how he thought the penalty was excessive and how the injured player put himself in a bad position that increased his chances of being hurt.
How the injured player should have known who else is on the ice and take appropriate caution, how since the game was on Hockey Night In Canada and against the beloved Canadiens there was more outrage than would otherwise happen from one of his cheap shots...err...hard checks, and how the league had a few days to consider the situation before the next game the Kings played.
To Gauthier, all these factors added up to more suspension time than the poor little innocent deserved. He did show amazing graciousness by conceding the league could reasonably allowed to suspend him for two or three games.
I was alternately amazed at the Kings domination of the Devils and Gauthier's incapability to accept responsibility for his actions. What was especially disgusting was his comment of how Josh Gorges should have know who was on the ice, what type of player he is, and to be prepared to defend himself against cheap shots.
Gauthier also mentioned how he had done some commentary on playoff games televised on French Canadian TV, how he enjoyed it, and Miller agreed at the end of the period that Gauthier could have a career in TV after his playing days are done.
The ability to spin absolute bullcrap like this indicates Gauthier could also have a job waiting on Wall Street or Washington to explain why the same fools who have wasted so much of all our money now need much more of the same. It would seem to be more suited given his questionable grip on reality.
Meanwhile, the Kings' Patrick O'Sullivan showed a tighter grip on reality with another fine effort, a goal and an assist, while Anze Kopitar added a goal of his own and continues to display excellent two-way play.
Only a fluttering deflection kept King goalie Jonathan Quick from recording back-to-back shutouts, giving up the Devils marker at 10:41 in the third period to Dainius Zubrus.
The Kings defense; led by young star Drew Doughty, the recently returned from injury Jack Johnson, younger vet Matt Greene, and waiver wire pickup Kyle Quincey is quickly coalescing into an effective force. The emergence of rookie goalie Quick has sparked a run of success where the Kings have taken six out of the last seven games.
This current form of play has Kings fans particularly happy and even daring to dream of a playoff spot. Keeping troglodytes like Gauthier off the ice and in the announcing booth would go a long way in achieving that goal.