Here’s Kings center Jarret Stoll on playing Game 7s:
“They’re fun, yeah. There’s always a little bit of nerves, but I think for every game there should be a little bit of excitement. Game 7s are fun. They’re fun for everybody, players, coaches, fans, the media. You guys. It’s what it’s all about. Playing one game, win a series, win a championship, go on to the next round or whatever. When you have a best-of-7 or a best-of-5, that’s one thing, but when it comes down to one single game, that’s pretty exciting. Best-of-1, yeah.”
Jeff Carter, who is on injured reserve because of a foot injury and Jarret Stoll (upper-body injury) didn’t skate with their Kings teammates Tuesday, and there was no telling when they might be back on the ice. Justin Williams joined them on the sidelines when he couldn’t keep up with the pace of practice, according to Kings coach Darryl Sutter. The Kings had a conditioning-based workout Sunday, took a day off Monday and then went back to X’s and O’s on Tuesday.
Said Sutter: “Old guys, right? You learn the pace. There’s a pace they have to play at, a pace they have to practice at.”
Reporter: “Was it punitive?”
Sutter: “What’s punitive?”
Sutter: “I thought you asked if he was puking.”
Pause for laughter.
Sutter: “You don’t kick guys off the ice because they’re not working. You keep them out there to work.”
How do the Kings do it? How do they manage to avoid the jitters in tight games?
The Kings hit the ice for the opening day of training camp Thursday, and Jarret Stoll will be skating with his teammates. There was some question as to whether he would be fit to practice after he suffered seizures and was hospitalized one day back in July. Stoll said Wednesday he was given the OK to participate after a battery of tests revealed no connection between the seizures and a playoff concussion he suffered.
In fact, Stoll said doctors still don’t know why he fell ill on the morning of July 3.
A Kings spokesman would not comment on a report on the Los Angeles Times website that center Jarret Stoll suffered a seizure and was hospitalized. The Times quoted general manager Dean Lombardi as saying he expected Stoll to be released Wednesday afternoon. Lombardi also said there are a number of things that could cause a seizure.
Jarret Stoll isn’t an All-Star center in the eyes of everyone around the NHL, but he adds needed elements to the Kings’ game they certainly could use in the Western Conference finals against either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Detroit Red Wings. Stoll was missed during the Kings’ grinding seven-game victory over the San Jose Sharks, according to forward Mike Richards. Here’s what Richards said Wednesday about the absence of Stoll, who suffered a concussion in Game 1 against the Sharks:
Actually, there’s not much in the way of news going into Game 7 on Tuesday. Injured Kings center Jarret Stoll went for his longest skate yet on Monday, but there’s still no timetable for his return to the lineup. Stoll was sidelined by a concussion after the San Jose Sharks’ Raffi Torres hit him with an illegal check in Game 1. Torres was suspended for the rest of the series, including tonight’s game.
Jarret Stoll was an easy man to find during the Kings’ practice Saturday in El Segundo. He was the one wearing a bright green practice jersey to distinguish him from his teammates, who wore white or gold or back colors. Stoll skated a bit, handled the puck some and took some shots on goalie Jonathan Bernier, but he’s only slightly closer to returning to the Kings’ lineup than he was when he suffered a concussion in Game 1 against the San Jose Sharks. The veteran center has made some progress, however. Skating on his own was one step and joining his teammates for a limited workout with them was another.
Jarret Stoll went for his first skate Friday morning since he suffered a head injury in Game of the Kings’ second-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks. Kings coach Darryl Sutter said there is no timetable for the veteran center’s return to the lineup. Stoll was injured when the Sharks’ Raffi Torres knocked him out of Game 1 with an illegal shoulder-to-head check. Torres was suspended for the rest of the series by the NHL.
The Kings and the San Jose Sharks were expected to make changes to their lineups for Game 3 of their second-round playoff series at 6 p.m. tonight at HP Pavilion. The Kings led the best-of-7 series 2-0 after winning the first two games at Staples Center.
Tanner Pearson, a rookie who has yet to play in an NHL game, skated on the Kings’ fourth line with Brad Richardson and Colin Fraser during the morning skate. It also appeared defenseman Keaton Ellerby would replace Alec Martinez for Game 3.