Bruins at Kings preview with Dustin Penner – plus First Goal Contest

You almost can’t count the December game between the Bruins and the Kings, as it was played just hours after GM Dean Lombardi announced that coach Terry Murray had been relieved of his coaching duties. Although LA went out and fired 41 shots at goalie Tuukka Rask, they lost 3-0 in Boston. Prior to that game though, the two clubs had squared off for a pair of shutouts, three shootouts and a game decided by overtime. So, it’s usually a interesting night when they get together.

Kings left wing Dustin Penner has only played the Bruins four times in his career. But, he’s all too familiar with the defending Stanley Cup Champions.

“It should be another real good test for us,” said Penner. “I’m sure it will be a similar game to St. Louis. They had a tough start and I think (GM Peter) Chiarelli was going to blow up the team – he made it sound that way, at least in the paper. Then, they got pretty hot for a while. Now, they’ve cooled off a bit. But, we’re not concerned about their game as much as our own, and keeping what we have going right now.”

After rallying back for a tough win Thursday vs. the Blues, Penner liked how the Kings have changed their approach to adversity.

“We had been in that position before, where we had a really bad first period. I think earlier this year we had a few periods like that and we just couldn’t recover. I think (Thursday) was a big step forward. When we had periods like that before, it could have gone one of two ways – we could have went further down and buried ourselves or fight back. For the next two periods (vs. the Blues), I think we took it to them.”

While there was plenty of credit to go around for the way the Kings battled back in the second half of that game – much of the praise was directed at the play of his line in the second period.

“Stolly was winning draws and we were getting pucks in deep with our speed,” said Penner, when asked why they were so effective in the middle stanza.  “By having our first two forwards on the puck we were keeping a lot of the pucks down in their end and making them play there.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Penner interview without at least one funny moment. When it was noted that he’s looked faster out on the ice the last 10 days or so and if there was any explanation for that, he quipped – “It’s all the suplements I’m taking.”

Knowing he’s a big wrestling fan (read this article if you are too), that was perhaps a subtle nod to one of his heroes, Hulk Hogan.

To round out this article, we asked Penner and a few other Kings who they’re taking in tonight’s First Goal Contest…

Penner – “Brownie”

Slava Voynov – “Mike Richards”

Alec Martinez – “Justin Williams” (Voynov was lobbying for Martinez to take himself, he wouldn’t do it)

Colin Fraser – “Slava Voynov from the point, a nice power play goal.” (Great thing about Fraser is he always describes the goal too)

Dwight King – “Justin Williams”

Kevin Westgarth – “Dewey (Doughty). He’s going to get get back on the board here.”

If you’d like to enter, simply leave a comment below with the LA player you think will score first vs. the Bruins. All correct answers will be pooled together and one random winner will be awarded a free pair of tickets to an upcoming Kings home game.

To help you with your selection, the following stats may come in handy…

- Dustin Brown has 4 goals in 9 career games vs Boston

- Anze Kopitar has 4 goals in 7 games

- Williams has 6 goals in 24 games

- Richards has 7 goals in 21 games

- Jeff Carter has 6 goals in 26 games

- Stoll has 3 goals in 8 games

- Drew Doughty has 1 goal in 6 games

Of course, feel free to take Willie Mitchell, Trevor Lewis, Slava Voynov or any of the other Kings players. Just stay clear of Westgarth, Brad Richardson and Davis Drewiske because they’re expected to once again be healthy scratches from tonight’s game.

Good luck!

Note: If you missed it earlier today, we also posted pre-game interviews with the Bruins’ Tyler Seguin (here) and captain Zdeno Chara (here).

Comments

  1. amy vincent says:

    Penner

  2. Kelly Ann says:

    Penner!

  3. josh287 says:

    carter

  4. Soren says:

    Anze Kopitor

  5. Janelle says:

    Richards

  6. STAN says:

    KOPITAR!

  7. Evan says:

    Kinger

  8. Nicholas says:

    Let’s go with Kopitar. He needs to make it to 30g before the season ends!

  9. Lewes says:

    Kopitar

  10. jeremy says:

    Carter

  11. Cassie says:

    Lewis.

  12. Autumn says:

    Cliffy

  13. Matt Holland says:

    Carter

  14. frank gratrix says:

    Clifford

  15. corey says:

    Brownie

  16. Matt says:

    Doughty.

  17. Jenn H says:

    Brown!!

  18. tyler says:

    Kopi

  19. Steve says:

    JUSTIN WILLIAMS!

  20. Michael says:

    I’m just going to keep going with Dwight King.

  21. Ethan says:

    Kopitar

  22. Michael Ortiz says:

    Richards

    • Michael Ortiz says:

      To be honest, it doesn’t who scores first just as long as we win and stay on top of the division.

  23. debbie says:

    CARTER!!!!!!!!

  24. Ziggyfan says:

    Kopi

  25. McNickk says:

    The bruins captain is making history tonight with 1000 games played. BUT its our captain who’s scoring first! Going with Dustin Brown tonight!

  26. a.n.g.e.l.a.99 says:

    kopitar #11

  27. Ben says:

    Gotta go with Dewey tonight. Dude’s due for one.

  28. Brittany says:

    Penner

  29. Cory says:

    Trevor Lewis!

  30. James says:

    Carter #JMFC

  31. Carina says:

    Clifford.

  32. jason says:

    Carter

  33. Brian Vincent says:

    First goal Carter!!! Go Kings Go!

  34. Nick B says:

    Lewis

  35. Nicole says:

    Williams

  36. Chelsea says:

    D Brown!

  37. N3DD says:

    Doughty

  38. bucky says:

    Jeff mf carter! #JMFC

  39. marc c says:

    Voynov

  40. james says:

    Dwight King

  41. Fricke says:

    Kopitar GKG!!!!!!

  42. Brenda says:

    Voynov

    GO KINGS GO!!

  43. Veronica Valenzuela says:

    Anze Kopitar!

  44. Sawyer Fox says:

    Jarret Stoll

  45. Barbie says:

    Jeff Carter

  46. Rocio Escareno says:

    Anze Kopitar

  47. Ali says:

    Jeff Carter!

  48. Rod Rounke says:

    Doughty

  49. Bobby haggerman says:

    Voynov

  50. elijah says:

    Justin williams

  51. Cristina says:

    Alec Martinez! :]

  52. David says:

    Doughty!!!!

  53. KingsGirl says:

    Richards :)

  54. Dave says:

    Carter for 1st Goal

  55. Shelley says:

    scuderi!!! GO KINGS….

  56. David says:

    Brownie

  57. dana says:

    Williams

  58. Scott says:

    Mr. Carter scores first

  59. Jeff says:

    Carter

  60. Capsnbottles says:

    Kopitar

  61. Victoria Desimone says:

    Drew Doughty

  62. Max Goen says:

    Kopitar

  63. Nathan says:

    King w/ assist from Doughty!

  64. Damien Bueno says:

    Carter GKG!

  65. Anthony Flores says:

    Williams.. Go Kings Go!!!!

  66. Kristina says:

    Penner <3

  67. Jen Dorkin says:

    Love the new mobile website! Now if Verizon will just improve connectivity here in Staples Center! I’ll take Dustin Brown for the first goal vs. Boston

  68. Eric says:

    Greene

  69. Tatum thomas says:

    Lewis!

  70. Ruben Sanchez says:

    Jeff Carter!!!

  71. Vanessa Gutierrez says:

    Greene

  72. admin says:

    Sorry – nobody picked Colin Fraser for first goal, so there wasn’t a winner this time. Please try again on Monday vs. the Canucks, as we’ll have another pair of tickets to give away. Thanks!