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NHL Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles Kings Getting Most from Unlikely Players This Off-Season

Gary A. Vasquez – USA TODAY Sports

Although Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Penner‘s stats for the playoffs are not some of the most impressive on the team, he has been coming through for the Kings in a big way this post-season.

In 11 games he has played in the playoffs so far, Penner has tallied three points (2G, 1A) one of which is a game-winning goal (GWG), which is already the number of goals he scored during the regular season.  However, Penner has provided the team with more than just numbers on paper.  He has come to play every night and is motivated by post-season play, as this is the second season that he has stepped up his game and come through for the Kings.  He is making crucial plays when needed and providing a physical presence on the ice that is difficult for the San Jose Sharks to match.

Another player who has gone unnoticed this post-season, but has provided the Kings with valuable offensive and defensive skill is defenseman Drew Doughty.  When it comes to defenseman, if you do not notice them on the ice them they are doing their job well and such is the case of Doughty who has recorded four points (2G, 2A) in the 11 post-season games he has played.  Doughty is definitely making a difference while playing nearly 30 minutes a night tying him with Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara for ice time.

Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.