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Press Release from the Los Angeles Kings,
Southern California hockey fans have spoken and selected a name for the local NHL rivalry. Following a seven-week online contest, “Freeway Face-Off” has become the name by which all future competitions between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings will be called. “Freeway Face-Off” received over 4,800 votes, besting three other finalists: “Freezeway Series”, “Ice-5 Series” and “Crosstown Showdown.”
Also, I’m told the Kings/Ducks game tonight is an unusual broadcast being done—at least in part—with no announcers commenting during the action, and some unique camera angles.
Is anyone watching this? Any thoughts?
from the LA Daily News,
During tonight’s Kings-Ducks game in Anaheim, the announcer at Honda Center will unveil the new name for Southern California’s hockey rivalry.
The finalists, as voted upon by fans on the Internet, are “Ice-5 Series,” “Freeway Face-Off,” “Freezeway Series” and “Crosstown Showdown.”
Normally I don’t do game recaps, but last night the Kings were down 4-0 going into the 3rd period and came back to win 6-5 in OT…
from the AP via NHL.com,
Marty Turco didn’t seem too rattled after Dustin Brown spoiled his shutout bid with 7:14 left in the third period. After all, the Dallas Stars still had a three-goal lead, so what could possibly spoil it?
How about five goals on six shots?...
“The whole third period was brutal,” Turco said. “Other than embarrassing, it’s a total lack of respect for each other. You can’t just sit back and wait for it to go your way. You’ve got to make things happen. And we haven’t been making enough happen. We were just lucky to get a point out of all that.”
Watch the comeback…
Former NHL defenseman Jere Karalahti has been arrested in his native Finland on suspicion of a drugs crime, police said on Friday.
Karalahti, 32, played for Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators between 1999 and 2002 before returning to Finland. He is among the best Finnish players and has been playing for league champions Oulun Karpat this season.
Police said the arrest was related to a big amphetamine smuggling case and that the player was being held in custody while an investigation was underway.
“The court of Espoo has today imprisoned Karalahti ... suspected of a gross drugs crime,” detective chief inspector Ari Karvonen from Espoo police said.
from Inside the Kings,
The Kings had a day off Tuesday, at least from hockey. They were told to assemble at the training facility at 7:30 a.m., at which point they were told to hand over their wallets and cell phones. (No, it wasn’t Tim Leiweke collecting them to sell on EBay to pay for L.A. Live.) The players divided up into four teams for an amended version of The Amazing Race, CBS’s Emmy-winning reality show.
According to this Institute, the hit Jack Johnson put on Milan Michalek last night registered a 5.7!
from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,
Halloween is a time for masks, right?
That being the case, I guess I should talk about the two masked men who’ll likely face one another Wednesday night in Hollywood.
Those two goaltenders are the Kings’ Jason LaBarbera and the Blue Jackets’ Pascal Leclaire. The Kings bring a four-game winning streak into their meeting with the Jackets, who are on their own three-game roll.
I’ll start with the 24-year-old Leclaire, who might be living up to the billing that led the Jackets to select him with the eighth overall pick in the 2001 draft.
From Lisa Dillman at the LA Times,
Hockey players sweat. So, tell us something we don’t know.
Except not all sweating athletes are created equal, and some perspire more than others. Put Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera squarely in that latter camp, which has created some interesting challenges for this season.
The new Reebok Edge uniform system may be too efficient in repelling sweat from jerseys, so much so that it is wreaking havoc with LaBarbera’s gloves. He said that he probably doesn’t shoot the puck quite as well at the end of the period because of his slippery hands.
“I sweat a lot. I’m kind of known for it,” LaBarbera said recently. “I’ve always been like that. I’ve noticed it more so in my gloves this year than anything. You can feel it dripping into your gloves.”
NEW YORK—Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera, Carolina Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour and Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending October 28.
From the Edmonton Sun,
Ducks owner Henry Samueli, his wife Susan, and general manager Brian Burke presented the ring to Penner after the game.
“I shook Burke’s hand, he said ‘Good luck’ and that was it,” Penner said. “I really didn’t know what to expect because it was a unique situation. But I’m done with this one and now I’m moving on to the next one.”
Continued...with more on a silent night between Burke and Lowe.
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