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St. Louis Blues Present A Different Challenge For LA Kings This Time Around

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings qualified for the 2013 post-season party as the fifth seed in the Western Conference, and will face the St. Louis Blues in the first round, with Game 1 in St. Louis tonight (5:00 PM PDT, televised in Southern California on Prime Ticket).

For those who may still have the Kings’ sweep of the Blues in the second round of last season’s playoffs on their minds and believe that the Kings will enjoy similar success this time around, you can forget about that.

In fact, the Blues are likely to give the Kings a serious run for the money, and they have a good chance of winning the series, even though the Kings dominated the Blues in head-to-head competition during the regular season, sweeping the three games and outscoring them 14-7 in those contests.

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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: LA Kings Come From Behind To Beat St. Louis, 6-4

LOS ANGELES — Jake Muzzin scored two goals and tallied an assist to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on March 5.

Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo opened the scoring at 15:09 of the first period, and he jumped up into the play after the Kings coughed up the puck behind their own net. Pietrangelo ended up in the left corner, where he tried to throw the puck in front to forward David Perron, who drove hard to the front of the net when the Kings turned the puck over. Kings defenseman Slava Voynov tried to fight off Perron, but the puck deflected off Voynov and into the net.

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Former LA Kings Grinder Ian Laperriere Still Dealing With Health Issues Three Years Later

Former Los Angeles Kings forward Ian Laperriere (left) shares a moment with current Kings captain Dustin Brown (right), the only current Kings player who played with Laperriere during his time in Los Angeles.
Photo: Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images
and the Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — Over the 45-year history of the Los Angeles Kings, there have been a number of fan favorites, but only a very select few come to mind before one thinks of former Kings forward Ian Laperriere.

No, Laperriere was not the big goal scorer or the gifted playmaker. Rather, he was the grinder, the player who did the dirty work in the corners, made the big hit, and dropped the gloves to stand up for his teammates, time and time again.

Now retired as a player, Laperriere was in town last week, with his trip to the Los Angeles area culminating with the Kings honoring him on February 23, when they handed the Colorado Avalanche—one of Laperriere’s former teams—a 4-1 defeat at Staples Center.

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LA Kings Defenseman Keaton Ellerby Will Need To Get The Lay Of The Land Quickly

LA Kings defenseman Keaton Ellerby, shown here speaking to the media
following practice on February 13,
2013, at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite being acquired by the Los Angeles Kings just five days ago, defenseman Keaton Ellerby already seems like a Southern California native, at least a little bit, anyway.

“I went down for lunch in Hermosa [Beach] with [defenseman Jake] Muzzin and [right wing Jordan] Nolan, and then just waited around,” Ellerby said, describing what he did during the Kings’ day off on February 12. “I picked up some sushi last night, checked the beach out…”

Sounds a lot like what the locals might do on a day off, right? Not so fast, at least, not in this case, anyway.

“I toured around a little bit yesterday,” said Ellerby. “It’s going to take awhile to get used to everything, and all traffic, stuff like that.”

Ellerby started the day off getting some much needed extra rest.

“I kind of slept in,” said the 24-year-old, 6-5, 217-pound native of Strathmore, Alberta. “I came in, and did the whole tour of the [Kings practice] facility yesterday.”

After that, it was time to get the lay of the land…

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