Kings notes: Former King gets some measure of vengeance

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Laperriere remains largely beloved in Los Angeles for his gritty play but has moved on, helped in part by the Kings’ roster shakeup. “It’s a different team,” Laperriere said. “I still have some friends over there, but they’ve gone through so many changes that I only know a handful of guys.” But Laperriere’s feelings about the Kings weren’t all positive. Laperriere remains close with some of his former teammates, particularly Eric Belanger and Luc Robitaille, but doesn’t hold such fond memories of Sean Avery. “I’m not saying anything about that guy,” Laperriere said. “That’s just what he wants.” DENVER – Almost every time he skated past one end of the ice Wednesday morning, Colorado’s Ian Laperriere tapped the glass with his stick or smiled at some member of the Kings organization who was passing time watching the Avalanche’s morning skate. Laperriere, one of the most popular Kings over the previous eight-plus seasons, played his first regular-season game against his former team Wednesday and looked like a man bent on revenge. For a man who has never scored more than 13 goals in a season, Laperriere did a fair Mario Lemieux impersonation, as he scored his first two goals of the season and helped the Avalanche to a 4-1 lead in a game the Kings rallied to win 5-4. For a while, it looked as though it would be Laperriere’s night. He opened the scoring with a goal 9:18 into the first period and then, with 1:33 left in the period, scored again to give Colorado a 3-1 lead. center_img The players were never really close as teammates, to put it politely, and the situation became exacerbated when Avery made his now-famous comments about visor-wearing French-Canadian players. Letdown: It wasn’t just the frequency of Colorado’s goals that bothered the Kings on Wednesday, but how the goals were scored. The Kings entered the game having killed 24 consecutive opponents’ power plays, which had moved them up to sixth in the league in that category, but the Avalanche scored on their first two chances with the man advantage Wednesday, on goals by former King Rob Blake and Joe Sakic. No worries: Just three days after he suffered a groin strain, Robitaille played Wednesday. Robitaille hasn’t missed a game to injury since the 1999-2000 season. “We taped it and it feels pretty good,” Robitaille said. “It was not torn. I had a MRI (on Tuesday) and they found that it wasn’t torn, so that eased my mind a lot.” Robitaille had some added motivation. In attendance at the Pepsi Center were the Omaha Racers, the juniors team in the United States Hockey League that Robitaille owns with Mike Eruzione and Mario Lemieux, among others. The team visited the Kings’ dressing room after the game. Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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