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Penner: Kings’ Game 4 loss is “a good lesson for us.”

May 20, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Fans hold signs as the Los Angeles Kings warm up prior to the game against the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Los Angeles Kings dropped Game 4, but given that they still have a 3-1 series lead, they have no reason to panic.

“It’s a good lesson for us,” Dustin Penner said of the loss. “We had got the bounces, for the most part, until tonight. They threw themselves in front of a lot of shots. Their PK was really good and they got a power-play goal. So, they definitely earned this one, and we couldn’t find an answer for Smith.”

Penner thinks the Kings need to put more pressure on Smith in the future.

“You talk about screen, tip, rebound, and we didn’t get enough of that tonight,” Penner said. “We let him see too many pucks, and we didn’t get enough second chances.”

Anze Kopitar thinks the Kings need to simplify things when they have the man advantage and get more bodies in front of the Coyotes’ net to make Smith’s job harder. At the same time, Kopitar also isn’t going to blow this loss out of proportion.

“We’re still in a good position,” Kopitar said. “We have to hit the reset button, refocus and make sure we have a lot of energy for Tuesday.”

After all, there are plenty of teams that have won Game 4 when facing elimination. The vast majority of those teams weren’t able to come back and win their series.

  1. highlander24 - May 20, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    GO KINGS GO!!!!!

  2. sjsharksfan11 - May 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Since when did Penner become the voice of reason? This is the same guy the fans hated and now a loved voice of the team. Boggles my mind.

    • 22lakings22 - May 20, 2012 at 10:28 PM

      I’ll listen to Penner’s “voice of reason” over a Sharks fan’s ANY DAY!

    • blomfeld - May 20, 2012 at 10:43 PM

      Hey pal … as far as I’m concerned, he became a voice of reason when he said, and I quote … “I loved being hit like that … it felt so pure” … Penner rocks, the Kings rock, and so does everyone else who supports this “cool” team !

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

  3. fiddytucker - May 21, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Go Yotes Go!!!!

  4. fiddytucker - May 21, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Go Yotes Go!!!!!!!!!!

  5. qauzaq - May 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Fans started to like Penner when he started playing to his potential. He has been a force in the playoffs so he deserves credit for that

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