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There wasn’t much lingering doubt about Todd McLellan’s thoughts on the Sharks goalie situation after Sunday’s Easter practice.
“Nemo will play tomorrow,” McLellan calmly stated. “He is our guy. We feel really good with (Niemi). He’s had a bounce back game already and played extremely well the night after getting hooked.”
McLellan’s quote let everyone know the Game 5 loss couldn’t solely be placed at Niemi’s feet.
“I don’t think we did a lot to help him,” McLellan said. “I think we addressed that after the game. He’s ready to go back in and we have a ton of confidence in him.”
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The identity the Kings had sweated and strained to build over six grueling months was shattered this week in two playoff losses to the San Jose Sharks, defeats that left the Kings at the brink of elimination and shoved them backward in their apparently never-ending rebuilding process.
Unable to stifle the Sharks’ potent offense for the second straight game, the Kings gave up three goals on four shots in the third period and fell, 6-3, before a sellout crowd at what might be their last game at Staples Center this season.
“To me, the playoffs are pretty simple,” Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi said. “It’s black and white. You either get the job done or you don’t, and I think everybody knows which side which team is on.”
11:45pm, Tuesday, April 19th, Thought about going to bed after LA Kings take a 4-0 lead over the San Jose Sharks.
12:00am, Wednesday, April 20th, Tweet those that went to bed better get up, Kings 4, Sharks 3.
12:315am, Directv picture freezes, major thunderstorm in area. Shut down computer.
Hit the couch, next thing I remember is hearing Randy Hahn say “and this game is going to overtime.”
Pop-up from the couch at 4:02am, turn computer back on, find out Sharks win.
Below is the video recap of the game, just in case you went to bed early, dozed off or insert any other excuse here…
added 4:54am, Terry Murray video, post-game below…
from Mark Emmons of the Mercury News,
Los Angeles Kings veteran winger Ryan Smyth has seen plenty in his 16 NHL seasons. And before Saturday night’s Game 2 against the Sharks, he spoke calmly about how there was no reason for the undermanned Kings to start panicking.
“Good teams find a way through adversity,” Smyth said.
And that’s what the Kings were on this night, thoroughly whipping the Sharks 4-0 at HP Pavilion to even the first-round playoff series at one game each.
“It’s about the will to win,” Smyth said in a happy Kings locker room afterward. “You have to dig deep, and everybody stepped up, collectively. A series doesn’t really start until somebody wins on the road.”
Consider this one officially under way as the teams head to Staples Center for Games 3 and 4.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Dustin Penner was on the fourth line for the Los Angeles Kings in Thursday’s overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks, which is not what general manager Dean Lombardi had in mind when he effectively gave up two first-round picks to the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 27.
Lombardi forked over abrasive defence prospect Colten Teubert, the Kings’ second first-round selection in 2008 (13th overall after they took Drew Doughty second) and the Kings’ first-round selection this June, to the Oilers for the fridge-sized left-winger Penner.
The Kings needed an upgrade in their top six forwards so they went for Penner, but there he was in Game 1 of the playoff series with the Sharks playing with slugger Kevin Westgarth and rookie centre Trevor Lewis.
With the message sending, 10 forwards played more five-on-five minutes than Penner in the series opener that ended in the 74th minute on Joe Pavelski’s overtime goal.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
One game into the Kings-Sharks series, and there’s no shortage of fireworks.
Los Angeles Kings coach Terry Murray didn’t mince words Friday, while accepting the NHL’s decision to suspend center Jarret Stoll for one game. He also took exception to a non-call on San Jose Sharks defenseman Jason Demers.
“I want to say this: If Jarret Stoll gets suspended for that hit, then Demers is five times more severe a hit on Ryan Smyth than what Jarret Stoll is on [Ian] White,” the Kings’ coach, visibly upset, said after practice. “He [Demers] meets every criteria that you can read about from league memorandums, every coach, every player, every management, every owner knows about it. If you travel distance, you launch yourself 2 to 3 feet off the ice and throw an elbow at a person’s head, that is a suspension. Big-time suspension.”...
“I don’t know what Colin Campbell’s thinking; I don’t know what other people think. They based their decision on what they’re viewing and what the circumstances are,” Murray said. “All I know is that the other hit is five times more severe, more intent, launching yourself 2 to 3 feet off the ice and a blow to the head? That is a major, long-time suspension.”
read on and watch the Demers hit on Smyth below…
via Nick Kypreos Twitter:
J Stoll get a 1 game suspension for his hit on #Sharks I White.
Here’s the video for anyone who still hasn’t seen it.
Updated 4:04pm ET: TSN—
Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll has been suspended one game by the NHL following a hit-from-behind incident on Thursday against the Sharks.
The punishment was assessed after Stoll had a telephone hearing with NHL senior vice-president Colin Campbell on Friday afternoon. [...]
To replace Stoll, the Kings have the option of recalling forward Brayden Schenn from the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.
TORONTO (April 15, 2011)—Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll has been suspended for one game for delivering a check from behind on San Jose Sharks defenseman Ian White in the opener of their Western Conference Quarterfinal last night, the National Hockey League announced today.
The incident occurred at 19:35 of the first period.
Stoll’s suspension will be served tomorrow night (April 16) when the Kings meet the Sharks in Game 2 of the series.
No penalty on this hit by Jarret Stoll on Ian White in tonight’s Sharks/Kings game.
The main event was Kyle Clifford vs Sheldon Brookbank.
The LA Kings crew brings you the blow by blow and the Ducks call can be watched below…
The TV voice of the LA Kings takes you to Edmonton and Vancouver.
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