Originally written on The Royal Half  |  Last updated 3/22/12
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Game #74

LA KINGS 
36-25-12
84 pts, 8th (!) in Western Conference
vs
ST. LOUIS BLUES
46-20-8
100 pts, 1st (!) in Western Conference

Kings lead Season Series 2-1

7:30pm, Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA

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ARE THE LA KINGS IN THE PLAYOFFS?
YES!

Sometimes... Darryl Sutter just makes my job so easy:

(on Dustin Penner scoring again…)
SUTTER: “Good for him. He moved his feet, shot on the fly. He looked like Mark Messier. [grins]

Here is an artists' rendering of Darryl Sutter grinning after making a joke.

Obviously, Darryl Sutter was referring to this goal from Tuesday night in which Dustin Penner single-handedly ruined the San Jose Sharks season and Antti Niemi's confidence.

You know what... despite the 10 goals in 71 games as a member of the Los Angeles Kings... Dustin Penner does look a lot like Mark Messier. 

Just like Messier, Dustin Penner's career began in a small town.

Just like Messier, he was part of a great youth movement in a non-traditional hockey market.

Just like Messier, he won the Stanley Cup at a young age.

Just like Messier, he's always made himself available to fans.

Just like Messier, he signed a controversial contract with a Canadian franchise.

Just like Messier, he's always been a hit with the ladies.

And just like Messier, he's looking to lead an underachieving team deep into the playoffs.

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