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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
“You’ve got to put this behind you and we have to get back to our game, our basics that made us successful throughout these 90 games that we’ve played so far,” Kopitar said. “We want to get back to that and get ready for Game 6.”
If it’s their last game, another clunker like their performance on Friday would be the memory they carry into the summer, not the many areas in which they progressed this season.
“Everyone knows that the effort has to be put in, in this situation. We’re going to face elimination,” Kopitar said. “Even from game one right to the last whistle here I thought everybody wanted to battle. Tonight was one of those games where pretty much everything goes wrong. We weren’t sharp. But we have to put it behind us and get ready.”
from Marc Malkin and Dahvi Shira of E Online,
Jaimee Grubbs may have scored a hole-in-one when she allegedly had an affair with Tiger Woods, but the golf pro’s alleged former mistress isn’t having much luck landing other professional athletes….
“Jaimee made a beeline for a table full of [Anaheim] Ducks and [L.A.] Kings NHL hockey players,” an eyewitness tells us. “She walked up, and the guys were just like, ‘Can we help you?’ She said, ‘I’m a model. My name is Jaimee.’ “
When the hockey hunks looked uninterested and a little confused, Grubbs went on to tell them she appeared in Maxim’s February issue. Still unimpressed, we’re told the guys went back to minding their own business.
read on and I would have to question a table of Ducks and Kings players sitting together…
Looked like Ryan Smyth got his bell rung didn’t it?
Watch the video…
via Ben Kuzma of The White Towel,
“My leg went numb,” Smyth said before Game 4 Wednesday. “I had a quick pinch in my nerve or something and numbness and I couldn’t feel my legs. But I feel fine.”
via Jason Botchford of The White Towel,
Shane O’Brien has been fined $2,500 for flipping a puck at Jeff Halpern before Game 3. He said it was friendly fire. Halpern had tossed a puck his way before Game 1 during the warmup.
The pair were teammates in Tampa Bay and O’Brien swears they were just joking around. League disciplinarian Colin Campbell didn’t find it fun or funny. He also fined head coach Alain Vigneault $1,000.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
The Canucks were deserving losers. Period, full stop.
But the reason why conspiracy theories—i.e. the league wants the Kings to win—are floating around B.C. is because, by action if not words, the NHL commissioner has made it clear that U.S. Sunbelt markets are more important than markets in Canada.
That may be untrue and unfair, but rightfully or wrongfully, that is the impression Gary Bettman has cast in his nearly two decades as commissioner. The genie isn’t going back in the bottle at this late stage.
Canadians, and most certainly Canucks fans, who have sold out GM Place for 300-plus consecutive dates, have an insatiable appetite for hockey and aren’t going anywhere.
American fans, particularly those in big, southern cities where the game has little history and where there are plenty of other entertainment options, have shown that they can live fine and well without pucks. Look no further than the lockout.
from Jason Botchford of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province,
Henrik Sedin called it one of the worst calls he’s ever seen, and when a Sedin feels the need to speak out, you tend to listen. “It was a very, extremely bad call,” he added.
To make it, National Hockey League vice-president Mike Murphy seemed to alter the rulebook and when that happens you can’t help but take notice.
HNIC had Mike Murphy on after the game to discuss the no-goal call.
This time, the LA Kings come out with the victory, thanks to a Kopitar powerplay goal.
Andrew Alberts hit on Brad Richardson last night. Alberts received five for boarding and a game.
Will the NHL take further action?
Mikael Samuelsson, his second of the game, with the game winner.
Bob Miller sat down with Kings Vision to discuss the 09-10 Kings and their off-season mandate to win.
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