1. Hey folks,

    Long summer, no puck. How’ve you been? I’ve been absorbing this Southern California heat in a posh fashion.

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    When not activating supermodel status in the sunshine, my friend Diane and I started practicing how to properly get down to Dustin Penner’s favorite EDM jams during Kings warm-ups this season. It was all going well until — shock! and awe! — Penner signed with the Anaheim Ducks instead.

    Which is fine, actually, because it turns out the dance rehearsals weren’t really clicking the way we wanted.

    Expectation:

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    Reality:

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    So, then we had to think up another way to make the upcoming hockey season more ridiculous for us. The answer: a new blog and podcast.

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    I told you I’d find a way back to you as the fall rolled around. Hello again, friends.

     
  2. Thank you, Los Angeles.

    Hey Retta, 

    I’m not a beat reporter, so your girl didn’t stay up late to write a wrap-up post about the LA Kings getting eliminated last night. I have a buddy in town, and we had to do important things like talk about how much we love the Kings and figure out if any restaurants near me were still open around midnight.

    Mission? Accomplished. There’s a thai place. 

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    Now that I’m rested and have mulled things over a while: I’m obviously sad that Kings couldn’t quite repeat, but I also can’t think of a better way for an elimination game to go than to have my favorite team tie twice, including that beautiful offensive zone play with seconds left in regulation. To take the number one team in the NHL this season to double overtime when a number of key players from last year’s run are playing with injuries this time is amazing. 

    I’m proud, Retta.

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  3. Hey Retta, 

    I’ve got to collect my thoughts and emotions to really dig into the Kings not going down easy this season, so I’ll check in fully in the morning.

    For now —  I’ve watched the amazing play to tie the game with less than 10 seconds left like 50 times already, so you should check it out. Jarret Stoll (#28) beats Chicago on the face-off, and eventually Anze Kopitar (#11) hammers it on net and Mike Richards (#10) is there to deflect it into t the goal. Beautiful.

    It’s a perfect example of the Kings being a team that just doesn’t quit. 

     
  4. Hey Retta, 

    I know I’ve been quiet the last few days. Things have been a little busy. I’ve had my mind on my money and my money on my mind. Now, the Kings are once again facing elimination, so things are only going to get more tense tonight. I’ve spent some precious minutes in the grocery store aisle, trying to figure out which kinds of alcohol will help me best. (The whiskey. Yes. I think that’ll work.) 

    Still — you should check out this song and video TSN put together to mock that ridiculous puck-over-glass penalty I told you about. It’s an ode to all the NHL players who’ve suffered its consequences. The Kings have both benefitted and been hurt by it in this year’s playoffs. 

    [Warning: you’ll have “ref, kiss my a-a-a-a…” stuck in your head FOREVER.]

     
  5. Hey Retta,

    I just want to congratulate you. It’s a special time, I’ve realized, because at this point you probably know more about the LA Kings than the media. Especially the Los Angeles media. What a momentous occasion!

    Despite the Kings winning and making the playoffs four seasons in a row now, and even winning the Stanley Cup last year, news outlets can’t get it together.

    Though, I mean, let’s be real: getting the names of players right is really hard.

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    I’ve definitely met at least zero people named “Crew.”

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    Hey Retta, 

    The Kings begin their series against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final today. I think this round will be even more challenging than the first two, but the Kings have a number of people rooting for them, including teammate Willie Mitchell, who’s been out all season with an injury. 

    Don’t worry. His face is fine.

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    (Please also note Dwight King’s perpetually mildly concerned face in the background. I told you he always looks like that.)

    Willie Mitchell (#33) is a 36-year-old defenseman from Port McNeill, BC. He’s played for five NHL teams, including the Vancouver Canucks and the New Jersey Devils, two teams the LA Kings had to knock out in order to with the Stanley Cup in 2012. 

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  7. Kings vs Sharks, 2-1, Game 7

    Hey Retta,

    This morning I got the chance to join “TYT Sports” host Rick Strom and TYT contributor (and host of Current TV’s “The War Room”) Michael Shure to talk about the Kings hanging on in Game 7 against the San Jose Sharks. 

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    I’m turning into a girl on video. Watch out!

    Plus, I explain why I’m torn on who I want to win the Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks series tonight and what I think the Kings need to do to keep being a threat going forward.

     
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    Hey Retta, 
The San Jose Sharks really gave LA a run for their money by taking this series to seven games, but in the end the original California NHL team held it down. It sure feels good to once again be the —

(Credit to @Indiana_Matt for this graphic.)
Way to survive another day, boys. Now, on to the Western Conference Finals!!

    Hey Retta, 

    The San Jose Sharks really gave LA a run for their money by taking this series to seven games, but in the end the original California NHL team held it down. It sure feels good to once again be the —

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    (Credit to @Indiana_Matt for this graphic.)

    Way to survive another day, boys. Now, on to the Western Conference Finals!!

     
  9. Hey Retta,

    You know when you spend time writing something, and you’re happy with it, and then as soon as you go to save, the computer flips out and somehow erases all the work from existence?

    You would think I’d be used to technology by now. You’d think I’d remember to save everything a hundred times in approximately 73 places, but a girl never stops figuring out new to make life harder for herself, right? HA HA HA not that I’m bitter about this and tempted destroy my laptop  or anything. 

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    Goodbye lovingly and painstakingly crafted post. Hello, this. Sorry in advance.

    Since they’re now facing elimination on Tuesday in Game 7 against the San Jose Sharks, I figure I need to shine a little spotlight on Kings players I haven’t officially introduced. You know, before I possibly run out of time this season. 

    Let’s do this.

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  10. Hey Retta, 

    Look at Jarret Stoll (#28) back on the ice today! He’s still not ready to play with the team again, but that dude pretty much disappeared after Sharks player Raffi Torres knocked him down with a suspension-earning hit to the head. It’s good to see him at all. Head coach Darryl Sutter finally confirmed today that Stoll has a brain jury (a concussion, likely). They’re following concussion rehab protocol, and though Stoll was on the ice, he’s not ready to get back into the playoff games.

    One positive, though: he’s also not wearing a red “no-contact” jersey.

    In NHL team practices, players often wear a variety of colors to signify which players are practicing on the same line, which players are handling defense, etc. Here are the colors that can usually be seen at practices: 

    • Black
    • White
    • Gray
    • Yellow
    • Green
    • Red

    The only jersey color that you really don’t want to see is that red jersey, which is warn by players recovering from injury who can’t yet handle body checks and what not. Kyle Clifford (#13) sustained an injury during this postseason, too, and he was skating in a red “no-contact” jersey for a while. It’s a bummer when a player’s injured, but the excitement builds when he goes back to a regular practice jersey.

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    Now, Clifford’s back in the line-up and Stoll, though mostly doing some solo skating thus far, seems to be on the mend. 

    Hopefully the Kings can play strong and last long enough to see Stollie come back for a future playoff round.