Saturday, June 1, 2013
Kings stoked to have Stoll back
By Pierre LeBrun
CHICAGO -- The Kings got a key player back for Game 1 as Jarret Stoll returned after missing six games with a concussion.
"I felt fine," Stoll said after logging 15:14 of ice time.
Stoll was injured in Game 1 of the Western Conference semis after taking a thunderous hit from Raffi Torres of the Sharks, which resulted in Torres' suspension for the remainder of the series.
On Saturday, Stoll got hit early by Dave Bolland and that was fine with him.
"Well, you've got to get right into it," said Stoll. "You shouldn't have any doubt at all, otherwise you shouldn't be in the lineup. I didn't think about anything like that. That's why I played. Now we're moving forward, moving on."
Stoll is a key player, centering the third line. The Kings missed him.
"It’s huge, to get him back," said Kings winger Colin Fraser. "He’s a faceoff guy, he’s our No. 1 penalty killer, he’s always taking the big faceoffs, which is huge, especially in the NHL today.
"We missed him against San Jose, especially against a team that does so well on faceoffs. You want to have puck possession, if you’re not winning, we need to chase them. He’s a leader too, he’s a veteran guy that’s been around a long time. He’s a vocal guy, an energy guy. He’s good, so he’s only going to get better. He missed six games, which is hard to miss, especially with a concussion because you can’t really stay in shape and stuff."