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Dustin Penner really liked how hard TJ Oshie hit him

May 2, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

One of the lone Blues highlights from Monday’s 5-2 loss to Los Angeles was the hit TJ Oshie put on Dustin Penner:

Amazingly, the hit didn’t seem to affect Penner, who was no worse for wear.

More amazingly, Penner liked being hit.

Liked it…a lot.

“It was a great hit. I haven’t been hit that hard in a while,” Penner told Helene Elliott of the L.A. Times. “It actually almost felt good, it was so pure.”

This admission is the latest in Penner’s series of playoff surprises. On the ice he’s scored two goals, notched four assists and posted a plus-five rating (fourth best on the team). He’s also throwing his weight around, playing with a passion that went missing for long stretches of the regular season.

“It’s good to see that emotional investment from Dustin, right?” said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter. “Good to see and good for him. I said it before the series, we need him to have a good series.”

Off the ice, things have been equally good. Penner recently joined Twitter, listed IHOP.com as his home page, got some love from ESPN’s Bill Simmons and met Bob Uecker.

Let the good times roll!

  1. hibackhand - May 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    he sure got pancaked on that one

  2. rodgy10 - May 2, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    What a beauty….I guess the guy attacked Oshie thought differently. Bums me out when players overreact to a hit and start a brawl. Brawls should only break out for cheap shots of goalie hits.

  3. bcisleman - May 2, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    So I guess Oshie really whipped Penner’s batter.

  4. blomfeld - May 2, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    “It actually almost felt good, it was so pure” …

    Are the Kings “cool” or what ? I mean seriously … here you have a real “red-blooded” hockey comment coming from a real “red-blooded” player … the complete “antithesis” to all this new-age “cry baby” crap as espoused by the likes of Crosby and company ! … and to think that this statement comes from Dustin Penner, a guy “you” people were ridiculing only a short while ago ! … I’m not only so glad to be an LA Kings fan, I’m so “proud” to be one ! …

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  5. highlander24 - May 2, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!!!

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