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LA Kings: Scuderi Making Himself At Home; Johnson, Purcell Impress

Rob Scuderi Courtesy Los Angeles Kings/NHL.

Rob Scuderi
Courtesy Los Angeles Kings/NHL.

LOS ANGELES — Although he has not been here in the Southern California area for long, veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi is already making himself right at home on the Los Angeles Kings’ blue line.

After just a couple of days of training camp, the thirty-year-old Scuderi found himself paired with 22-year-old defenseman Jack Johnson in a 4-3 pre-season win over the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center on September 15.

Scuderi was solid defensively, despite deflecting a point shot by Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle past Kings goalie prospect Jonathan Bernier to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead at the 5:18 mark of the second period.

But Scuderi redeemed himself just past the midway point of the third period when he hit his defensive partner with a lead pass, sending Johnson through center ice. He then split two defenders at the Phoenix blue line and beat Phoenix goalie prospect Al Montoya with a backhand for a highlight-reel, shorthanded goal. Read more of this post

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