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LAst Night's Action: Kings Blow Out Wild
Raitis Ivanan jams his thumb in Minnesota Wild's Derek Boorgaard during their kerfluffle. AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid
LA Kings defeat Minnesota Wild 5-2. Not only did the Kings have the lead going into the third period, they held the Wild scoreless in that period. The Kings penalty kill was suspect giving the Wild's two scores on four power play opportunities. But overall the Kings limited the Wild's shots holding them to 14 after two periods. And having been outscored 15-4 on their recent losing streak, it was a good sign when the Kings came out to score first on a Kyle Calder wrist shot.
NY Rangers defeat Anaheim Ducks 4-2. Ryan Getzlaf's assist to Bobby Ryan's goal in the first period extended his point streak to ten consecutive games. But that wasn't enough for the Ducks to withstand the Ranger's blitz. Power play goal? Check. Even play goal? Check. Short-handed goal? Check.
Pretty big news here in local sports talk radio. I'm a huge junkie, so this probably just interests me. Tom Hoffarth and Brooks Melchior report that AM 570 KLAC and Fox Sports Radio have merged. KLAC program director Don Martin has emerged as the head of the merged network. Locally a whole lot won't change except that the "Loose Cannons" show will lose Laker's radio color analyst Mychal Thompson and replace him with the ever present Chris Myers. Both the "Loose Cannons" and "Petros and Money Show" will go national. Still unanswered is the status of Tony Bruno's syndicated show "Into the Night" in the graveyard of 7pm to 10pm, however KLAC replaced Bruno with a best-of "Petros and Money Show" package Tuesday night.With rival station AM 710 KSPN snatching the Laker's radio package from KLAC and their subsequent shift to syndicated ESPN Radio programming, does this mean that local sports talk here in Los Angeles is officially dead?
- The Dodgers sign catch Russell Martin to a one-year $3.9 million contract and Jonathan Broxton to a $1.825 million contract to avoid salary arbitration. Still up for arbitration is Andre Ethier who can fetch anywhere between $2.65 million and $3.75 million.
- On this very historic day let's not forget the sports figures who paved the way. Never to be forgotten though rarely mentioned the last several days is Jackie Robinson. But we need to also remember Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella, Hank Aaron, Joe Lewis, Muhammad Ali, Doug Williams, Tony Dungy and countless of other black athletes and sports figures who allowed the country to start thinking out of the race box.
LA Lakers at LA Clippers. Let's get it on! 7:30 pm FS Prime Ticket (Clippers TV), KCAL 9 (Lakers TV), AM 710 KSPN (Clippers Radio), AM 570 KLAC (Lakers Radio)
LA Kings at Colorado Avalanche. Hopefully the Kings will build off of their win Tuesday night. 6:00 pm FSWest, AM 1150 KTLK.
Anaheim Ducks at NY Islanders. The last of the NY two step. 4:00 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 830 KLAA.
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