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Pre-Season Hockey Ends

Written By Stephen Eli Harris on Monday, September 28, 2009 | 9/28/2009 11:23:00 pm

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Pre-Season action for the Los Angeles Kings ended this weekend with back to back games vs the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday and the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.  It ended with a win and loss, meaning the Kings finished the Pre-Season with a record of 4-3-1.

To recap Saturday's game, the first thing I need to mention is that LA scored 4 unanswered goals in a massive comeback effort to win the 12th annual Frozen Fury action in Las Vegas vs the Aves.  The comeback was spearheaded by Wayne Simmonds who not only scored a goal and added an assist, but also partook in a scrum which essentially sparked the comeback.  Simmonds, with this Gordie Howe hat trick, has absolutely solidified a position on this years roster especially considering he has finished the pre-season as one of the top 3 goal scorers in the entire NHL.   Tied with him is Anze Kopitar who also finished with 5 goals, one of which being a beautiful penalty shot goal in the game on Saturday.

As for Sunday, the Kings couldn't find a win on this day, loosing to their biggest rivals by a score of 5 to 4.   Not all losses are bad though.  Newcomer Ryan Smyth continued to show his value by getting 4 points; 2 goals and 2 assists.  Add that to Kopi's 3 points in the same game and Kings fans should be very excited about the top line and what is possible from them in this coming season.

I should also mention at this point (because I will be following him closely this season) that Teddy Purcell got an assist on Sunday as well, giving him 2 goals and 3 assists in 6 games of pre-season action.  Not bad a bad start to (what I think will be) his breakout season.  If his 2nd line continues to click, like the top line and the 3rd line have been, this should indeed be a very exciting season for we fans.

I can't wait until Oct 3rd!


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