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Time For The Los Angeles Kings To Be Patient With Dustin Penner Is Up

EL SEGUNDO, CA — To anyone who has watched the Los Angeles Kings fairly regularly over the last seven weeks, left wing Dustin Penner has been very, very noticeable…

…for all the wrong reasons.

Veteran left wing Dustin Penner has been a non-factor for the
Los Angeles Kings since his arrival in Los Angeles Will he ever
figure it all out and get his game in gear?
Photo: David Sheehan

Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi acquired Penner in a trade deadline day deal on February 28, 2011, in a deal that sent defenseman prospect Colten Teubert to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange, along with a first round selection in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft, and a conditional third round pick in the 2012 draft that will become a second round selection should the Kings win the Stanley Cup this season.

Penner was acquired to score goals and create space for center Anze Kopitar. But with Kopitar out until next season with a broken ankle and torn ligaments, Penner, who is one of the most skilled forwards on the team, was expected to step up and give the Kings a lift.

But Penner ended the regular season scoring just two goals and adding four assists for six points in 19 games with the Kings. Even worse, he ended the regular season without a point in the final twelve games, and he last scored a goal on March 13 at Dallas.

That was 16 games (including playoffs and regular season) ago. Read more of this post

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LA Kings On Short Road To Recovery After Game 3 Flop Against San Jose

The Los Angeles Kings gather around head coach Terry Murray on April 20, 2010, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, as
they prepared for Game 4 of their first round playoff series against
the San Jose Sharks on April 21, 2011.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The morning after the worst come-from-ahead loss in their playoff history, the Los Angeles Kings hit the ice at their practice facility, not to mention the road to recovery, after Game 3 of their first round playoff series on April 19, a game that may be remembered as the Flop On Figueroa.

In case you missed it, the Kings had a 4-0 lead early in the second period, and then got complacent. They allowed five goals in the period, along with another in overtime, gift-wrapping a 6-5 win for the San Jose Sharks, who now hold a 2-1 series lead going into Game 4 tonight at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Turn 4-0 Lead Into Flop On Figueroa In Game 3 vs. San Jose

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings have a couple of tremendous comeback victories in their playoff history, despite so many years of post-season failure.

On April 10, 1982, at the Forum in Inglewood, California [their first permanent home arena], the Kings found themselves looking up at a 5-0 deficit after two periods against the Wayne Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of their first round playoff series. But the Kings came roaring back to score five straight goals in the third period and then win it in overtime, 6-5.

19 years later, the Kings were down 3-0 after two periods to the vaunted Detroit Red Wings in Game 4 of their first round playoff series. All looked lost, but the Kings came back to win the game in overtime, 4-3 on April 18, 2001 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

That 1982 game, known as the “Miracle on Manchester,” is the greatest comeback in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Not quite as miraculous, the 2001 comeback was nearly as amazing, and became known as the “Frenzy on Figueroa.”

A third huge comeback can now be added to the Kings’ history. But this time, they were the ones who coughed up a big lead. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Morning Skate Before Game 3 vs. San Jose Sharks

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings had an optional morning skate prior to Game 3 of their Western Conferenece Quarterfinal series game against the San Jose Sharks tonight at Staples Center in Los Angeles (7:30 PM PDT). Read more of this post

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