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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings and defenseman Slava Voynov have agreed to terms on a new six-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Voynov, 23, shared the Kings postseason leadership in both goals (six) and total points (13), and he also co-led the Kings in plus-minus rating (plus-9) while appearing in all 18 postseason games for the Kings during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 6-0, 190-pounder from Chelyabinsk, Russia also established new Kings playoff records for most goals scored by a defenseman in one playoff year (six), and most game-winning goals scored in one playoff year (four), while finishing third on the team in average time-on-ice per playoff game (21:54).
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
Moments after the Kings' season ended in the longest game in franchise history, General Manager Dean Lombardi walked into the dressing room and was confronted by silence.
There was a visible sense of disappointment and anger from players at the fact their Stanley Cup reign ended Saturday in a Game 5 double-overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.
"There's almost no emotion," Lombardi said Sunday afternoon on a conference call. "You're almost frozen. There's so much going through your head, there's nothing going through your head. ... It's almost like you don't know what you've lost until it's gone — or whatever that saying is — until you've experienced it.
"You can't condone losing — you never want to do that — but I have to condone their sense of honor. They didn't quit. They fought through and given the history of it, they deserve to be commended for what they did accomplish."
What they accomplished was a run all the way to the Western Conference finals, something that the last three Cup champions were unable to manage. In fact, all three lost in the first round the next year.
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Chicago forward Patrick Kane is just the third player in NHL history to score three goals, including an overtime tally, in a series-clinching win. The others were St. Louis’ Jorgen Pettersson in Game 4 of the 1984 Norris Division Semifinals versus Detroit and Edmonton’s Esa Tikkanen in Game 7 of the 1991 Smythe Division Semifinals against Calgary. (Elias)
The last player to record a hat trick in a game in which his team clinched a Stanley Cup Final berth was Los Angeles’ Wayne Gretzky, who did so in Game 7 of the 1993 Western Conference Final versus Toronto. (Elias)
Kane’s other postseason hat trick came on May 11, 2009, in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals against Vancouver. He has two career game-winning goals in 68 playoff games, the first of which came in overtime of Game 6 of the 2010 Final versus Philadelphia.
Prior to Game 4, Kane had three goals in his last 28 playoff games. He has scored four times over the last two contests.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Inside what is always a somber dressing room when the clock strikes midnight on a team’s season, GM Dean Lombardi grabbed Jarret Stoll and hugged him tightly.
Not sure what he told him in his right ear, but I suspect it would be along the lines that Stoll, like the rest of his teammates, left it all on the ice Saturday night in a gutsy performance by the banged-up Los Angeles Kings.
After their 4-3 double-overtime loss to the Blackhawks, the champs are out, but they went down swinging.
"To be quite frank, this one hurt," said veteran Kings blueliner Rob Scuderi, one of those championship warriors. "I though we outplayed them tonight. They had an unbelievable start, nobody can deny that, but for the rest of the night we gave ourselves a chance to win even with, I’ll call it adversity, that we kind of had to face tonight. But we’re a strong group, we played hard, played for each other and gave ourselves a chance. In the end, it wasn’t meant to be."
Lombardi was too emotional to size up his team’s season when approached by ESPN.com, but he did mention that he felt even in this incredibly hard-to-digest defeat, his team might actually learn as much if not more from this year’s playoffs than from winning it all last season.
Cherry's main topic was Chicago's second goal tonight, he claims it should have been icing.
What can you say except bravo HNIC.
With a win tonight, the Chicago Blackhawks will represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Final.
The LA Kings on the other hand have to win 3 in a row, starting tonight to extend the series.
Word is if Chicago wins tonight, the SCF will start Wednesday in Chicago and if there is a game 6 or 7, the SCF will start on Saturday in Boston if LA happens to win the series or Chicago if they win either game 6 or 7.
The game starts tonight just after 8:00pm ET and is on NBC, CBC and RDS.
“I think for the most part the one message that’s really clear from Darryl is we don’t play hockey all the way until June if we’re not going to win. We’re not here to lose. Even though we’re down three-one, we want to win so bad, and we’re determined to come back in this series. It’s going to be tough. There’s no doubt about that. But we believe we can do that, and we didn’t make it this far for nothing.”
-Drew Doughty of the LA Kings after the morning skate today. More on the Kings and Blackhawks from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider.
From borderline hits,to checks to questionable goalie-screening, Dustin Penner was noticeable last night in the Kings' loss.
Video via Sportnet where you can read more on Penner's night.
Round 3 is not over, but here are the top plays from the games so far.
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