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Not what I would call a great game, but it was very entertaining to watch.
Here are the highlights of the Ducks 6-5 shootout win over the Kings and below, Darryl Sutter post-game.
Sutter's post-game comments are below...
"How long is this supposed to go on? It's clear that the system is dysfunctional."
"It has nothing to do with what he did. What he did is off to the side. That's indefensible. But if a guy does steroids — that's indefensible in its own right, too, but they're separate issues — you immediately get the cap space. What's ridiculous about this, if he gets convicted we get the cap space. If he doesn't, we're in never-never land. We get nothing. It's totally dysfunctional."
-Dean Lombardi, GM of the Los Angeles Kings on the cap issue caused by the suspension of Slave Voynov. More from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
The agent for suspended Kings defenseman Slava Voynov will attempt to have the suspension lifted by the NHL.
Voynov was suspended indefinitely by the league last month after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.
He has not been charged and Redondo Beach Police Lt. Joe Hoffman said, via email, that detectives are scheduled to meet with the district attorney's office on Monday.
Rolland Hedges, Voynov's agent, referred to a new section of the collective bargaining agreement where there is an application for a hearing. He said they will be asking for the NHL to hear Voynov’s concerns and rule on whether he could return instead of waiting for the prosecutor’s office to make a decision on the case.
from Rich Hammond of Kings Blog,
In the shake-it-off world of the NHL, health is always a relative concept, which is why Kings winger Justin Williams shrugged Wednesday as he looked at reporters with partially blurry vision.
It could have been, and nearly was, much worse. Williams suffered a small cut on the outer part of his right eyelid, and swelling around the orbital area, after the stick blade of Dallas’ Brenden Dillon struck him in the face during the third period of Tuesday's game.
Williams, the Kings’ first-line right winger, said he will miss Thursday night’s game against the New York Islanders, but Williams isn’t expected to sidelined for an extended period.
"It’s a little blurry right now, but that will subside in a few days,’’ Williams said Wednesday. ``Initially, it’s kind of scary. It’s kind of like getting poked in the eye. You can’t see anything for a little bit and it scares you, but then the doctor tells you you’re going to be fine and you’re OK."
continued and below, watch how the injury happened...
I see six Wings, for a long time...
Below, Roussel not happy with penalty call...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
I don't think anybody should be surprised to see the NHL's top two powerhouses with middling records as the NHL's second month gets going. For teams like the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks, the regular season just doesn't mean a whole lot.
You won't hear anybody from either team ever admit this, but it's just hard to get up every night during an 82-game season when you know the real hockey awaits in the spring. It's just the truth. So you're going to see stretches like this for the Kings and Blackhawks this year, and each coach is going to use those struggling stretches to find ways to motivate his players.
But these players are human, you can't fool them. Their true hunger comes in the playoffs. Both of these teams have won two Cups apiece over the past half-decade. It's just hard to get excited and pretend to truly care about regular-season division titles. That means a lot more to teams trying to prove they're for real, teams worried about home ice in the playoffs, teams wanting regular-seaon glory. The Kings and Hawks? Sure they want to win every game, but from a mental and physical standpoint, it just wont' be there every night this early in the season.
read on for the rest of the hockey writers at ESPN for Blues/Rangers talk...
By Mike Shackil,
After winning the Stanley Cup twice in three seasons, expectations are naturally high for the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings have had a strong start to their season and look to build towards another long stretch of spring hockey following the regular schedule. “That 70s Line” –Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson have been leading the way offensively for the Kings, but the team is looking for more offensive production from their other three lines. According to TiqIQ, the secondary market average price for LA Kings tickets in 2014-15 $139.18. Both home games in the upcoming week will have a price below that average.
via Hometown Hockey,
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