Originally posted on Red Light District Hockey  |  Last updated 5/29/12
NEWARK -- The Los Angeles Kings are back in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1993, but it’s not the first Cup run for veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi.The 33-year-old Long Island native has been with the Kings since July of 2009. Prior to that Scuderi was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization and on the roster when they reached the Cup Final in 2008 and 2009. When the Penguins beat Detroit in 2009, Scuderi gained the nickname "The Piece" for his key role on the team's blue-line as the final piece of the puzzle.Scuderi is back in the Final, looking to raise the Stanley Cup for the second time in his career.“A lot of it has been the same,” Scuderi said about his run with the Kings compared to his run with Pittsburgh. “Certainly the towns are a little different, where as Pittsburgh is a little more into hockey the entire season. But it’s really been fun to be a part of Los Angeles to see people kind of come over and get into the games.” Drew Doughty, Scuderi’s defensive partner, said that he has been great to have in the Kings' locker room and that the team enjoys having him around.“Scuds has been awesome, and everyone loves him. He’s a sarcastic guy, too, which always gives a lot of laughs to the guys,” Doughty said. Scuderi may not be the top goal scorer on the team and doesn’t get a lot of attention; he has only one assist in 14 playoff games. However, Doughty mentioned that Scuderi has been a leader for the Kings by the way he plays on the ice.“He’s so steady back there,” Doughty said of Scuderi. “(He) plays great defensive hockey and for me and offensive defensemen, playing with him is awesome. We have great chemistry, we talk a lot and I love playing with him.” With two Stanley Cup Finals under his belt, Scuderi’s advice to Doughty and the rest of the team was relatively simple -- just play your game. “I would say this,” Scuderi started to say when asked what advice he’d give his team. “We were playing for the Stanley Cup in Game 1 of the Vancouver series. The stakes were the same back then, so play the same game that we played the entire time. And eventually you’ll settle in and be fine."Photo credit: Getty Images
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