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Los Angeles Kings: No, That Guy Wearing Number 25 Is Not An Impostor

Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner has improved his play so much during the playoffs, that he bears little resemblance to the player he was during the regular season.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — At the same time that fans of the Los Angeles Kings are rejoicing in their team’s early success in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, having eliminated the Vancouver Canucks in five games, and jumping out to a 2-0 lead over the St. Louis Blues in their second round series, they are also scratching their collective heads while asking, in unison…

…who’s wearing number 25, and what did he do with Dustin Penner?

All kidding aside, Penner, who has been the target of so many for his poor play throughout much of the season, has looked nothing like the player who raised the ire of fans, game after game.

In fact, Penner began to raise the level of his play over the last few weeks of the regular season, and it continued to improve in the first round of the playoffs. He scored the game-winning goal in Game 1 of the Kings’ first round series against the Canucks, and tallied an assist in Game 2 Read more of this post

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Los Angeles Kings Will Need Repeat Performance From Third and Fourth Lines Against St. Louis Blues

Los Angeles Kings rookie right wing Jordan Nolan (foreground)
has not looked out of place so far in post-season play.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Looking back at the Los Angeles Kings’ first round playoff series win over the Vancouver Canucks, the first things that come to mind are the play of right wing Dustin Brown, and goaltender Jonathan Quick.

There was also a series-winning overtime goal scored by center Jarret Stoll, which, by itself, is significant. But that goal has even greater significance when you look below the surface.

“If you look at the series we just finished, if you think about it, you want to handle the three big guys on their team, even though [center] Ryan Kesler didn’t have as a big a year, numbers-wise,” said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter. “Even strength goals—they didn’t score one, the Sedins and [Kesler]. From our side of it, we got five goals from Jarret Stoll, Dustin Penner, Trevor Lewis, and Brad Richardson, so it’s not always about stars. In fact, we just showed that it wasn’t.” Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Must Win Game 5, Or Risk Handing Control Of Series To Vancouver Canucks

LA Kings forward Jeff Carter skates during a recent practice session.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — With Game 5 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks coming up tonight at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, the Los Angeles Kings have a stranglehold on the series with a 3-1 lead.

But the Canucks won Game 4 easily, with star forward Daniel Sedin making his triumphant return after missing twelve games due to a concussion. He looked like he had not missed any time at all, working that same magic with his brother, Henrik. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Are All Singing The Same Tune After Game 4 Loss To Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin, shown here being mobbed by the media
after practice on April 17, one day before he led his team to a Game 4 victory
over the Los Angeles Kings in their first round playoff series
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — After blowing their chance to sweep the Vancouver Canucks out of the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs after a 3-1 loss in Game 4 on April 18, the Los Angeles Kings were singing the same tune, so to speak, after watching brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin skate circles around them in the second and third periods.

“We had chances to finish, but I don’t think we finished as many checks as we should have on those two, in particular,” said right wing and team captain Dustin Brown. “Both of them were good. They’re pretty dynamic when they’re together. We have to take their time and space away, and be physical with them if we want to nullify them in Game 5.” Read more of this post

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