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Kings Pre-Season Action - Game 5 & 6

Written By Stephen Eli Harris on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 | 9/23/2009 07:28:00 pm

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The Los Angeles Kings improved their pre-season record to 3-1-1 last night with a win over the New York Islanders with a score of 4-2.  Teddy Purcell started things off with a goal in the first period (and end the night with another assist) with Drew Doughty and Wayne Simmonds (with 2 goals) capping things off.

The key thing to take away from this game however is not the goals and the win.  It's the fact that this game was a very chippy one with eight fighting penalties, one match penalty, a 10-minute misconduct and a plethora of aggressiveness.  It was a game where everyone on the ice for the Kings were sticking up for each other; something that was missing last season.  Could this be the final element needed to make this a playoff team?  My heart is with yes.   The talent mixed with this tight bond of players should have enough to prove a thing or two.  I feel it, the rest of the Kings fans feel it and soon everyone in the NHL world will.

In the meantime, before Oct 3rd comes, there are still 3 more games in store for the Kings during the Pre-Season, one of which is tonight.   The game tonight could have featured a return of Ryan Smyth to Colorado for his first meeting with his former club since the trade this past summer, but he apparently has the night off.  Instead, according to the Kings official page, Teddy will start on the top line with Kopitar and Williams.   Excellent news for Purcell!  He'll get to strut his stuff with the best of the best on the team.  If he and Kopi can find some rhythm, they could for a very effect line up, especially with JW in the mix.  Intriguing.

I'm also very fond of the Clifford (Rookie) - Schenn (Rookie) - Brown (Captain) lineup.  It's very impressive that both these kids have stuck around.  Better yet, they are earning that keep with very hard work.  It's fantastic to watch...

All in all though, this is still Pre-Season.  It means nothing.  The real fun begins on Oct 3rd.


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2 comments:

Frye said...

Man, I had a chance to catch the Kings v. Islanders a game as it was played in Kansas City and I only live an hour away, but I missed it.

I'm so mad because not only is the closest NHL team St. Louis, which is a 4 hour drive, I missed my chance to pay homage to Teddy Purcell by wearing my Maine jersey. I would have stood out like a sore thumb out here in the mid west.

Guess my only chance to show off my Maine pride is to head to St. Louis where former Mainers Paul Kariya and Ben Bishop play, or hit up the closest team, the Missouri Mavericks of the CHL where I'll just look crazy.

Stephen Eli Harris said...

LoL. No need to purposefully make yourself out to be crazy.

It's too bad that you didn't get out to see the game. It seemed like it was a good one. It's awesome that you have that connection to Teddy with the whole Maine thing. Would be cool to see how how he's improved since the last time you saw him.

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