That's right boys and girls. Los Angeles is in the midst of enjoying the splendid play from another Canadian import named Gagne. This time, instead of hurling fast balls to decimate his opponents, he snipes and scores goals with a finishing ability that makes this Kings fan hopeful that this is the year to go far in the playoffs. Sure, most of the hockey world was enamored with the trade that brought Mike Richards to LA, but make no mistake, the free agent signing of Simon Gagne should prove to be the deal that puts us over the top.(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
To prove that point, this past Tuesday was Opening Night at the Staples Center against the St. Louis Blues, and Simon Gagne was a principal player on the ice for the Kings blowout win. He recorded 2 goals, including the first and last goals of the game, and an assist as the Kings skated to a 5-0 win. Heck, Gagne came close to a Opening Night hat trick. Via Kings Insider:
“It was fun. It’s always fun when you’re able to chip in and score some goals. I had a couple of chances to get the hat trick at the end. I had two nice passes from my linemates, one by Willy [Justin Williams] and one by Kopi [Anze Kopitar].It's amazing how one player can bring some stability to an offensive first line. So far the line of Kopitar, Williams and Gagne have scored a total of 9 goals and 14 assist in just 5 games, and they have yet to give up a goal while on the ice.
So, Los Angeles, sit back and enjoy the Canadian breeze as we can once again praise the glory of Gagne. "Game Over" may not be the apt slogan we use this time, but how about "Goal Scored!" I think that has a nice ring to it.
For your viewing pleasure, check out the below video of Simon Gagne's 2nd goal of the evening as Anze Kopitar lofted an alley-oop pass to set up the score.