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Alec Martinez, right, of the Kings blocks an Islanders shot on goal with his stick during a preseason game. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images)

He will be filling in for the suspended Sean O'Donnell, beginning with Saturday night's season opener.

Kings' Jack Johnson takes a chance and impresses

Helene Elliott Los Angeles Times 16.09.2009
Kings right wing Kevin Westgarth, left, fights with Coyotes left wing Mitch Fritz during the first period. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

Defenseman sees an opportunity to showcase his goal-scoring skills and he comes up with one for the highlight reel in a 4-3 exhibition win over the Coyotes. He's hoping for a big season.

Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane celebrates his third goal of the game on the Vancouver Canucks during the third period in Game 6 of their NHL Western conference semi-final hockey playoff in Chicago, May 11, 2009.

Patrick Kane, the star winger for the Chicago Blackhawks, was arrested on Sunday and charged with robbing a cab driver in Buffalo, New York, according to Buffalo police.

Free-agency games begin, but the Kings stay on the sideline

Helene Elliott Los Angeles Times 01.07.2009
Marian Hossa signed a 12-year deal with the Blackhawks. Jerry Lai / US Presswire

Several players sign big deals, including Marian Hossa, who lands a 12-year contract with the Blackhawks. But the Kings come up empty again.

By Trading Gomez, Rangers Can Shop

JEFF Z. KLEIN The New York Times 30.06.2009
The Rangers traded Scott Gomez to the Canadiens as part of a seven player deal.

Rangers General Manager Glen Sather readied the N.H.L. free-agent market Tuesday with a splash, trading his No. 1 center, Scott Gomez, to the Montreal Canadiens for left wing Christopher Higgins as part of a seven-player deal.

Luc Robitaille elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame

Helene Elliott Los Angeles Times 23.06.2009
Kings left wing Luc Robitaille, right, moves the puck under pressure from Calgary center Matthew Lombardi in the third period on April 15, 2006 during his final game of his 19-season career. Robitaille has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Robitaille, a longtime King and now a team executive, is elected with Brett Hull, Steve Yzerman and Brian Leetch. 'Being with all those great people ... certainly is very special,' he says.

Penguins Push Stanley Cup Finals to Game 7

JEFF Z. KLEIN The New York Times 09.06.2009
The Penguins' Tyler Kennedy celebrated after scoring a goal in the third period during game six of the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Stanley Cup finals move back to Detroit for Game 7 and into the ranks of the classics.

Coming close to the Cup can be a powerful motivator

Helene Elliott Los Angeles Times 08.06.2009
Red Wings defenseman Kris Draper, who is seeking his fifth Stanley Cup title, and goalkeeper Chris Osgood try to keep Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin from scoring in Game 4 on Thursday.

Pittsburgh Coach Dan Bylsma and Detroit Coach Mike Babcock were with the Ducks when they lost in 2003 Stanley Cup finals. Neither wants to be on the losing side again.

Penguins on the march with win over Red Wings

Steve Keating Reuters 02.06.2009
Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood reacts as Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar's shot gets past him in the third period during Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final series in Pittsburgh, June 2, 2009.

The Pittsburgh Penguins rekindled their Stanley Cup dreams with a gritty 4-2 Game Three win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, trimming the defending champions' lead in the best-of-seven finals to 2-1.

Detroit downs Pittsburgh again

Corey Masisak The Washington Times 01.06.2009
Getty Images Valtteri Filppula (right) scored in the second period to lift the Red Wings to a Game 2 victory Sunday night.

Playing so soon after the end of the conference finals was supposed to favor the Pittsburgh Penguins because of their youth, an extra day of rest and a superior health situation. Games on back-to-back nights to open the Stanley Cup Finals were sup...

Defending Champion Red Wings Earn Rematch With Penguins in Finals

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The New York Times 27.05.2009
The defending champion Red Wings edged the Blackhawks, 2-1 in overtime, and will face the Penguins on Saturday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Darren Helm and Dan Cleary are far from marquee players for the Detroit Red Wings.

Penguins earn another crack at the Cup

Corey Masisak The Washington Times 26.05.2009
Penguins earn another crack at the Cup

The Pittsburgh Penguins fulfilled their half of the requirement Tuesday night by dismissing the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 at sold-out RBC Center, completing a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference finals and earning a second straight trip to the...

Malkin's hat-trick gives Penguins 2-0 lead over Hurricanes

Evgeni Malkin scored a hat-trick to help Pittsburgh to a 7-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Final series on Thursday.

Miroslav Satan scores his first goal of the postseason, beating Cam Ward for a 1-0 lead in the first period. (AP)

Philippe Boucher and Miroslav Satan were missing when the Pittsburgh Penguins made the late-season surge that carried them from 10th place in the Eastern Conference to a third consecutive trip to the playoffs.

Carolina Advances After Game 7 Thriller Against Boston

JEFF Z. KLEIN The New York Times 15.05.2009
Boston’s Tim Thomas, left, and Michael Ryder after Sergei Samsonov’s second-period goal gave Carolina a 2-1 lead.

This was the Game 7 hockey fans didn’t see between the Capitals and the Penguins: a heart-pounding, end-to-end battle of narrow escapes and pulsating tension.

It’s Crosby and Penguins in Game 7 of a Showdown Series

JEFF Z. KLEIN The New York Times 13.05.2009
Sidney Crosby, left,scored two goals and added an assist as Pittsburgh ended Washington’s season with a 6-2 victory in Game 7.

Sidney Crosby has accomplished remarkable feats on a hockey rink, but he had never skated in a Game 7 until Wednesday night.

Blackhawks oust Canucks, Capitals force decider

The Chicago Blackhawks roared into the Western Conference finals with a 7-5 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday, while the Washington Capitals forced a series decider against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the East.

2009 Playoff Goalies Are Almost Puck-Proof

JEFF Z. KLEIN The New York Times 07.05.2009
Jonas Hiller, making a save against the Sharks, has a .955 save percentage in the 2009 playoffs.

Has goaltending become too easy? The question arises as shot after shot bounces off Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller and the other goalies in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Penguins get must-win OT victory over Capitals

ALAN ROBINSON 06.05.2009
Penguins get must-win OT victory over Capitals

The Pittsburgh Penguins finally solved Simeon Varlamov, finally controlled Alex Ovechkin for most of a game and got the victory they needed to get back into their playoff series against the Washington Capitals.

Quiet progress

Ben Goessling The Washington Times 06.05.2009
Quiet progress

Despite enduring criticism, Penguins star Sidney Crosby has developed into more of an all-around threat this year

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