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Tough start for LA


This Thursday, 16,997 fans showed up at 1111 South Figueroa street in hopes of seeing their Kings win one for the home team. They were not disappointed. After a rocky start this season, the Kings, (now 2-3-2) called up Jonathan Huberdeau from the Reign to play on the first line along side Steven Stamkos and Blake Wheeler. Something clicked, because at only 14 seconds into the start of the game, Huberdeau found the back of the net thanks to a well-placed pass from Wheeler.

"It felt good to get back into the fast-paced action of the NHL. It was fun playing with the guys in Ontario, but there's just something about suiting up in your Kings gear and jumping out on the ice in front of all those people. The intensity in the building, it gives you that boost of energy, and pushes you to play harder." When asked about being brought up to play on the first line, he said "Getting the call up was one thing, but being told I was going to be playing along side [Steve] and [Blake], that made my day."

Another key player in last night's victory was veteran goaltender Cam Ward. After being sidelined for 3 weeks due to personal problems, Ward was reintroduced into the lineup and given the starting position ahead of new acquisition Chd Johnson. "The organization feels that Cam is the right person for the spot at this time," Kings' gm Michaud told reporters. "His experience and leadership are what we need on the ice, and in the locker room right now. We understand that he needed some time to deal with a personal issue, but we are glad to have him back in front of the irons."

Ward played a solid game, stopping 27 of 29 shots, but there was still something weighing on him, which bubbled to the surface early in the first period, when he took a slashing penalty for taking a swing at forward Tanner Pearson in front of the net. All things considered, the team was able to hold it together as a whole, and come out victorious at home for their second win since the start of the season.

Now, the Kings are looking forward to this weekend's double header on the road in St. Louis, and then Chicago. It is rumored that the kings are looking to strengthen their defensive core around Johnson, but the team will travel together as is for the time being, to grow together and become familiar with each other's habits and styles. All of Los Angeles is anxious to see how this team will fare this season, but most are optimistic, and even more have hope that this lineup could be the one to once again land the cup in the city of angels.