KINGS NOTEBOOK: FISET WILL REMAIN AS STARTER.Byline: Rich Hammond Rich Hammond
Los Angeles Daily News sports writer. Instrumental in bringing the Los Angeles Kings hockey organization closer to the fans. He is the atypical "what a guy" to Kings fans everywhere.
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Goaltender Stephane Fiset Stephane Fiset (born June 17, 1970 in Montreal, Quebec) is an ice hockey goaltender who is retired. Playing career
Fiset was drafted in the 2nd round 24th overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques. will retain his starting job, even though he allowed five goals in less than two periods in Saturday's 8-5 loss, and Murray insists that the Kings need only to remain confident and avoid the type of mental mistakes that buried them in Game 2.
``I think the biggest positive out of our whole scenario here, and it may sound like a negative, but we have a number of players who can still play better,'' Murray said after Sunday's practice. ``These have been two very competitive games with the Red Wings red wings
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Murray quickly ended any speculation that Jamie Storr Jamie Storr (born December 28, 1975 in Brampton, Ontario) is a Canadian ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the DEG Metro Stars of the DEL.
Storr is half-Chinese and has Chinese dragons on his mask to honor his mother. would start in goal, citing Fiset's strong play against Detroit throughout the year and his ability to rebound from a bad game. In the Kings' 1998 first-round playoff loss to St. Louis, Fiset struggled and was benched in favor of Storr by then-coach Larry Robinson For U.S. basketball player, see Larry Robinson (basketball).
Larry Clark Robinson (born June 2 1951, in Winchester, Ontario, Canada) was a star player and a coach in the National Hockey League. He is currently an assistant coach of the New Jersey Devils. .
``I'm not playing the same way I did two years ago,'' Fiset said. ``I don't even think about two years ago, because I'm a better goalie right now and I can endure more of the pressure and handle it when I have a bad game.
``After the fifth goal (Saturday), Andy said, `I'm going to pull you and put Jamie in,' and that was fine with me, because I wasn't doing the job and we were still in the game.''
Murray and several of the Kings were quick to take the bulk of the blame off Fiset and profess total confidence in their goalkeeper.
``We were watching `Saving Private Ryan' on the plane,'' Ian Laperriere Ian Laperrière (born January 19, 1974 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is an ice hockey player in the NHL. He played in the QMJHL 1990-1993 and was drafted by the St. Louis Blues of the NHL in the 7th round and pick number 158 in the 1992 draft. said, ``and it's not funny, but you know how in the first few minutes they come out on the boats and there's all this shooting? Well, somebody said that it looked like Stephane Fiset in the first five minutes.''
--Playing with fire: The Kings took six penalties without allowing a power-play goal in Game 1, but the Red Wings got revenge on Saturday with goals on three of their seven extra-man opportunities. Detroit had the league's best power-play unit in the regular season, and it's no secret that the Kings will not succeed if they can't stay out of the penalty box.
The Kings were upset with the officiating in Game 2, in particular a holding call against Mattias Norstrom midway through the second period. The Kings had fought back to within one goal, but Nicklas Lidstrom scored on the power play for a 7-5 lead.
``There seems to be a difference (in calls) in who gets hit,'' Murray said. ``If Sergei Federov gets hit by one of our guys, it's a charge, but Matty Norstrom and some of our defensemen who pay the price all the time and don't ever dive, like Federov does, there's no penalties called.
``You can certainly tell there's a difference in who's being hit.''
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Matchup: The Kings know they need a strong start in front of the home fans, especially since they have not held a lead in either game of the series. Coach Andy Murray expects to make only one lineup change, the addition of Aki Berg Aki-Petteri Berg (born July 28, 1977 in Turku, Finland) is a Finnish professional hockey defenceman. He currently plays for the Finnish SM-liiga's TPS. He was drafted third overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. on defense. The Kings have now lost 10 consecutive playoff games, with their last victory coming in Game 1 of the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals against Montreal.
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