There are certain benefits that come with scoring 50 goals in an NHL season. One, apparently, is not having to remove your own skates. Teemu Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were hamming it up in the Ducks' dressing room Thursday - Getzlaf unlacing Perry's skates, then telling Selanne he was out of luck when Selanne stretched out his left boot. "Nah, you didn't score 50," Getzlaf said, "and you're beating me in points." The Anaheim dressing room is usually loose. But you would never know this was a team that still needed two points in its final two games just to make the playoffs. The Ducks can clinch a playoff berth if they win, and the Kings will try to keep them out for one more day, when the two teams face off tonight for the first of two head-to-head games to end the regular season. Tonight's game at Honda Center will be a sellout. The Kings - who clinched a playoff berth in Wednesday's win against the Phoenix Coyotes - host the regular-season finale Saturday having sold out 17 consecutive games at Staples Center. In a shared history dating back to 1993, the 101 st and 102 nd games between the two teams might be the most important ever. "I think it's going to be great for hockey in Southern California," Kings head coach Terry Murray told reporters at the team's practice facility in El Segundo.
Perry getting the royal treatment
L.A. Daily News | Apr 8