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Brown (knee) and Doughty (ankle) among injured Kings

Jun 9, 2013, 12:50 AM EDT

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Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter didn’t want to cough up his team’s injured player list on the same night that they were eliminated from the 2013 playoffs by the Chicago Blackhawks, but a couple came forward anyway.

Captain Dustin Brown said he played through a torn PCL (knee) since Game 6 against the San Jose Sharks, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun. Justin Williams admitted that he’s been dealing with a separated shoulder since that same semifinal series, as LeBrun also reports. Those weren’t the only wounds from that tightly contested set of games against the Sharks, as the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman reports that Drew Doughty owned up to ankle issues.

It’s possible the Kings dealt with other issues; details might surface in a few days.

Few would claim it’s an excuse for losing as nearly every team fights through pain – if not legitimate injuries – in the playoffs.

Still, if you’re forming an argument for why Los Angeles should hold its head high about defending the 2012 title, playing hurt is a nice feather in the Kings’ caps.

  1. hrudey - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Playing hurt isn’t a ‘feather in the cap’ – it’s what every team does. What the team can be proud of is the effort – never quitting, just being beat by a team that was better.

  2. nightfireop - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    it’s always shocking to hear how much players keep their injuries and woes away from the public until they win the cup or they get eliminated….and all because of the Cup.

    still proud of my kings!

  3. cariboolean - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    what about Kopitar? apparently he drank some invisible ink before this last series started.

    • sjsblitz - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      Kopitar was bitten by a Zombie about 2 months back. Explains alot

      • Windmiller4 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        Zombies are a lot like San Jose winning a Stanley Cup, not real

  4. manchestermiracle - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    I’m glad to hear Brown had a reason for being so unproductive in this series, but where was he before his injury? He and Kopitar are supposed to be the big guns on offense and they didn’t do squat all post-season. Here’s hoping Lombardi can find a little more offensive firepower during the summer.

    The Sharks certainly did a number on the Kings. I guess if they couldn’t win that series they were going to make sure the Kings couldn’t go much further. The Kings gave as good as they got, so maybe the Sharks would have had the same problem had they been the team to face the Hawks.

    Still a good run in attempting to defend their championship, totally f*cked up season and all (Bettman’s legacy). Thanks for the effort, boys, see you next year.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:21 AM

      They are honestly probably in the better shape of any of the other major focus teams right now. Bruins and Hawks both have far less cap space to play with next year and have major make or break resignings with their top roster guys needing major raises either this summer or next. Pens have a little more cap space, but major decisions, too. But they underachieved. The Kings really didn’t, they just ran into a team that was better than them. Can’t be upset about that for too long. That’s the playoffs. It happens. I doubt they will be able to keep Bernier, but a positive is that I think he will be a key in bringing in an offensive boost that the Kings desire.

      I feel like the Kings fans are in a really fun era. They have bright young talent, experienced vets for them to learn from, good leadership, great coaching, unbelievable goaltending, and some money left over to make the roster even better. It’s a winning combination.

      (P.S. I hear there are some guys in Pittsburgh available if the Kings are short any spots in their golfing foursomes. All their shots may be pinging off the flag or going just wide of the hole, though.)

      • hrudey - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:37 AM

        The Kings have a little more cap space than the Bruins and Hawks but with fewer guys already under contract for next season and beyond. Although Bernier’s status will likely be the bigger story, Voynov is also a restricted free agent and getting him resigned is going to be critical, as will having more guys make the step up from Manchester as Toffoli has done.

  5. nkings - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    It is Quick’s fault that he gave up a few bad goals in the series. His fault being that he was so amazing in the first 2 rounds that he was the reason he was still even playing. The Kings can hold their heads high and be proud. They were beaten by a better team who had too much speed in transition. It will be a fun final and first original 6 in a long time. The Kings have become an elite team and will continue to be a force. If you had told me before the playoffs started last year that I would be disappointed about losing in the Conference Finals and not defending our Cup, I would have said glad I didn’t pay your bar tab! Good luck Hawks and Bruins, make it epic!

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