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2014 Stadium Series Los Angeles: LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks Test Ice During Practice – In Photos

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LA Kings right wing Jordan Nolan (left) and goaltender
Jonathan Quick (right) during practice on January 24, 2014,
at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES —The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks got to test Dodger Stadium ice on the eve of the 2014 Stadium Series: Los Angeles, as both teams skated in full practices with photographer David Sheehan there to capture it all.

For comments from Kings forwards Anze Kopitar and Trevor Lewis, along with defenseman Robyn Regher, and remarks from Ducks forwards Dustin Penner, Corey Perry, and Teemu Selanne, check out: 2014 Stadium Series Los Angeles: LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks Test Ice During Practice While Teemu Selanne Takes Time To Enjoy It All

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2014 Stadium Series Los Angeles – For The Last Time: Dodger Stadium Ice Will Be Just Fine

Handshake line following the “media” game on January 22, 2014, the first test of the ice at
Dodger Stadium, prior to the Stadium Series game on January 25.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — If you listen to a lot of hockey fans in Canada, back east, and in other cold climates, they not only wonder how an ice hockey game could possibly be played outdoors in sunny Southern California, but many claim that by game time, the rink will be a swimming pool, not an ice rink.

But thanks to the National Hockey League ice guru, Dan Craig, and his staff, the ice will be just fine by the time the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings face-off on Saturday for their Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium.

Nevertheless, skeptics and doubters abound. But all one has to do is look back in history to September 27, 1991, when the Kings hosted the New York Rangers in a game played on an outdoor parking lot at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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2014 Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium: Media Free Skate and Game – In Photos

The ice at Dodger Stadium was first tested on January 22 with a free
skate, and a game played on it shortly thereafter.
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — The media, followed not long after by alumni and staff of the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, along with some of their broadcast staff and a handful of celebrities in what was inaccurately called an “alumni” game, were the first to skate on the ice at Dodger Stadium, prior to Saturday’s Stadium Series game between the Ducks and the Kings (6:30 PM PST; televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network).

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LA Kings Get The Shaft On Disputed Goal That Should Have Been Reviewable Years Ago

COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS: The Los Angeles Kings had a likely victory snatched from them by on-ice officials in Detroit on January 18, when video replay showed that a Detroit goal should not have been allowed. Was the right call made? Should the goal have been reviewable? What’s next?


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National Hockey League

LOS ANGELES — On January 18, forward Jeff Carter scored a power play goal at 17:45 of the third period to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings

At least, that is probably the way the lead for a recap of this game should have read. Instead, the Red Wings pulled out a 3-2 shootout victory after the officials allowed a goal at 19:33 of the third period by Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall that never should have counted.

On that highly controversial play, Kronwall got the puck at the top of the slot and fired a slapshot that deflected off of Kings center Jarret Stoll’s stick. The puck ricocheted high into the air, hitting near the top of the protective netting behind the Kings net. It then dropped, bounced off of Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick’s back, and wound up in the net.

At that point, referee Rob Martell pointed to the net, indicating that a goal had been scored.

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