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from Rob Blake, Ted Irvine, Anze Kopitar, Luc Robitaille AND Charlie Simmer at the Players' Tribune,
Rob Blake (1989–2001, ’06–08)
I was in my college dorm at Bowling Green the day Wayne Gretzky got traded. It’s certainly one of those “I know where I was” moments for anyone in the hockey world. So when the King’s called me up to play the final four games of the NHL season a year and a half later, I knew I’d get to meet him.
“Hey, I’m Wayne Gretzky, nice to meet you,” he said, right as I walked into the dressing room of the Forum for the first time.
All I could think was: I know exactly who you are. I have your posters on my wall!
Ted Irvine (1967–70)
Yeah, it wasn’t quite like that for us back in in 1967, I can assure you of that. The Kings were the first real step into California for the NHL, and there were definitely some growing pains. First and foremost was fielding a team. The expansion draft back then wasn’t at all like what is today. The original six owners just didn’t want to give up any of their players — plain and simple. So our team was made up of minor leaguers … and also the legend, Terry Sawchuk.
The NHL explains...
10:09 Anaheim Clayton Stoner - Instigator - 2 minutes
10:09 Anaheim Clayton Stoner - Game Misconduct - 10 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Derek Forbort - Game Misconduct - 10 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Jordan Nolan - Roughing - 2 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Jordan Nolan - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Anaheim Clayton Stoner - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Anaheim Joseph Cramarossa - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Derek Forbort - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Anaheim Ryan Getzlaf - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Nick Shore - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Nick Shore - Roughing - 2 minutes, Served by Kyle Clifford
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insiders,
On how to turn around the losing streak (3 losses):
Score a goal. I mean, disappointing. Not a recipe for success tonight when you don’t score and don’t get any saves.
On the decision to pull Peter Budaj:
He wasn’t very good. I mean, did you look at the shots and scoring chances? He wasn’t very good. That’s clear. I don’t pull goalies very often, but they’re expected to make some saves. When they scored with 15 seconds left in the first period, that’s deflating to our hockey club. Or whatever it was – less than that, maybe. I’d say the only good goal tonight was Kesler’s tap-in.
more from Sutter
Below are the game highlights of the Kings 4-0 loss to the Ducks...
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
The Los Angeles Kings’ goaltending health took another blow on Saturday as Jeff Zatkoff suffered a groin injury during the morning skate. A Kings public relations representative said that the goaltender is “questionable” for tonight’s game against Vancouver, but because the goalie needed assistance off the ice and towards the dressing room, it should be expected that Jack Campbell, who backstopped Ontario to a 6-5 overtime win last night at Citizens Business Bank Arena, would be brought in to back up Peter Budaj at Staples Center tonight.
“He stopped a shot, and his groin tightened up,” Darryl Sutter said. “We’ve seen it in a game, and now we’ve seen it in practice.”
There’s no word yet on the severity of the injury or whether Zatkoff will see a doctor today.
Reports are Jack Campbell has been recalled and will back-up Budaj in net tonight.
"I think that was a terrible call at the end of the game. I thought our goaltender was interfered with, he was elbowed in the head before the puck went in the net. Terrible. Someone is going to have to explain why that goal counts. I want an explanation. He's in the paint, he's elbowed in the head before the puck gets there and it goes in our net. They look at it for five seconds and they call it a goACod goal. Take a look at the replay. Elbowed in the head, in the paint before the goal was in. I got a call in London, in preseason, where the referee came over and said, he's in the paint, it's no goal and we didn't even touch the goaltender. Terrible call.
-Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News has more post-game talk from Ruff.
You can watch the goal below at the 3:00 mark of the video. Video of just the goal doesn't show a replay but the game recap video does, so that is what I used.
Also, watch the hit on Patrick Sharp below Ruff says Sharp will be out and evaluated today.
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Lombardi stressed that this is not a short-term injury. Though the term “week-to-week” has been shared by the team, don’t expect to see him back in the crease for the home stand that opens a week from Saturday.
The injury, per Lombardi, is in the “same area” as the groin, generally speaking. The location wasn’t pinpointed – it’s not necessarily the groin, and in fact sounded as if it was in an area near the groin – but Lombardi said that it wasn’t a knee injury.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Devin Setoguchi to a one-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Setoguchi, 29 (born Jan. 1, 1987), last appeared in the NHL during the 2014-15 season with the Calgary Flames, playing in 12 games. Last season he played with Davos HC of the Swiss Hockey league, where he recorded 24 points (11-13=24) and four penalty minutes. The Taber, Alberta native has appeared in 471 total NHL games with Calgary, Winnipeg, Minnesota and San Jose, totaling 249 points (127-122=249) and 163 penalty minutes.
The Kings have also assigned forward Michael Latta and defenseman Rob Scuderi to Ontario (AHL), as both cleared waivers today. Also assigned to Ontario are defensemen Kevin Gravel, Paul LaDue and Kurtis MacDermid and forwards Adrian Kempe and Michael Mersch. Also, defenseman Zachary Leslie and forward Spencer Watson have been designated as injured-non roster players.
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