Penner holds court after practice, then meets KISS

Comments from Ducks forward Dustin Penner after Anaheim took their practice at Dodger Stadium on Friday night…

On Willie Mitchell saying Drew Doughty was sweating because he’s out of shape:

“Willie would be correct.”

On if he was sweating:

“Like Mike Tyson in a spelling bee.”

On being out on the ice:

“It was nice to be out here. We saw a lot of pictures on social media of what it looked like, but you can’t really fully understand it and grasp it until you come out here.”

On what practice was like:

“You want to push yourself a bit to see what it was like because of the humidity and how the ice would get once it gets chewed up. It was a good practice but nothing too strenuous.”

On if he talked to any Kings players after Thursday’s game:

“I talked to Carts, I talked to Kinger, and I saw Darryl.” (MM: “How’d that go?”) “Good, all good. We cut a deal.”

On how to mentally adjust to playing outside:

“When you’re in the midst of a shift, it doesn’t matter where you’re playing the game. It’s when I sit down, tilt my head back, have some Gatorade and look around and go, ‘Ah yeah, nice.’ You’re up Penner! You don’t have a lot of down time. I’ll have time when I’m walking from the ice in between intermissions to look.”

On Dustin Brown saying he would have given an extra celebration after scoring, too:

“He liked it? It was a big goal. We we’re getting pumped up until that point. We hadn’t scored on our power play yet. I was pretty excited. It was really nice to stick it to Dewey, because he was out there, too.”

On Drew Doughty saying he’s going to score against Penner and the Ducks in the outdoor game:

“What’s he got this year, three goals? Four?”

On what tomorrow will be like:

“It will be very hot. There will probably be a lot of guys cramping up, I assume.”

On what the ice was like:

“Cold. Not bad, though. It was a little sticky. It sounds a little hollow. I’ve never played in an outdoor game before, but it looks like it’s a lot better than it’s been in some other outdoor games.”

On if he is excited:

“There’s not too many times you’re going to be in a Major League Baseball stadium on center field on ice.”

On what the game will do for hockey in Southern California:

“First outdoor game in Southern California. It’s a great step towards making hockey more prominent in the area. Obviously there’s’s a lot more draft picks coming up. The game continues to grow, especially in Orange County and LA area.”

On the last time he played outdoors:

“That’s a really good question. Twelve years ago, maybe. That would make me like fourteen.”

On if playing outdoors brings out childhood memories:

“Yeah. It’s always nice playing outside. It’s usually a lot colder. Hopefully they’ll be some hot chocolate then it will really feel like we’re playing outside.”

On his first impressions of the outdoor rink:

“I’ve been out here before when I was on the other side, for kind of a media day throwing hte first pitch. But being out here with the ice and being apart of it this way, it’s a unuie experience in itself and one I’ll always remember.”

On if he would want to play in another outdoor game:

“The problem with that is sometimes it kind of lessens the game when you keep doing it, but it’s a lot of fun. You’d probably be better off asking the people who are here fourteen hours a day if they want to do it every year.”

On if the game will be the same as a regular season game:

“There’s always a lot of pride on the line when you’re playing your rivals, no matter what team you’re on. But being 40 miles apart and having the series 1-1 and having it be the first ever outdoor game, that just magnifies the bragging rights.”

On if the game is refreshing or distracting to the grind of the season:

“Refreshing.”

On what its like to play in a stadium compared to an areana:

“There’s no roof.”

On if the crowd will be less of a factor considering they are further away:

“Yeah, it will be tougher for them to call me names.”

On if the humidity affects the speed of the game:

“I think so. There’s a mindset, when you’re sweating profusely- everybody kept commenting on that, that you’re just leaking. You couldn’t wipe your brow fast enough, your gloves are going to be wet. So it kind of makes you feel heavier. You can let that affect your concentration and/or focus when passing the puck or receiving the puck. It’s going to take a lot more mental strength tomorrow than I think we expect.”

On if there is anything he is concerned about regarding the ice:

“I don’t think so. I mean this is similar to the time it’s going to be tomorrow, right? Ten after seven. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

If you haven’t read this yet, do it – World Association with Dustin Penner.

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