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LA Kings: Ben Scrivens Took Competition In Stride, And Willie Mitchell: “It’s Business As Usual For Me”

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the pre-season finally over, the Los Angeles Kings put in their first post-training camp practice session on Monday, at their practice facility in El Segundo, California.

Veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell noted that the team still isn’t quite where they want to be before opening the new season in Minnesota on October 3.

“There’s lots of work to do, yet,” said Mitchell. “We’re working on a few things. A few teams get started before us, so we’re just looking forward to it, jumping right in. It’s a back-to-back.”

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Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: LA Kings Snap 5-Game Skid With Sloppy 6-4 Win Over Columbus

POST-GAME AUDIO: Includes reaction from Jack Johnson, who signed a seven-year contract extension on January 8.


LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings finally snapped their five-game losing streak with a 6-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in front of a sellout crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 8, but showed that they still have a great deal of work to do to cure what ails them.

After taking a 4-0 lead with three goals in the first period and one more early in the second period, the Kings lost their intensity and stopped working hard, allowing the Blue Jackets to takeover the game in the third period. Read more of this post

LA Kings Goalie Prospect Fukufuji Is Proud Of Season As He Looks Forward

The following is an expanded version of a story I wrote for the English section of the Rafu Shimpo (Los Angeles Japanese Daily News), which was originally published on February 21, 2007. It is reprinted here with permission.


LOS ANGELES — No one in their right mind, not even Japanese goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji himself, thought he would be wearing a National Hockey League uniform this season, not after just two full seasons in North American minor leagues after coming over from Japan in the summer of 2004.

But that is exactly what the 6-1, 180-pound native of Kushiro, Japan did when he became the first player born in Japan to play in an NHL game on January 13, 2007, when he came on in relief of Los Angeles Kings goalie Barry Brust in a 6-5 loss at St. Louis.

“I was so nervous,” said Fukufuji, 24. “But when the coach came to me during the second intermission, he said, ‘Have fun. Don’t be nervous.’ That helped.”

“This was my first time playing in the NHL,” added Fukufuji, who was selected by the Kings in the eighth round (238th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. “I was so nervous but I was pretty excited, too. It was fun. And I did my job.” Read more of this post

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