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The Kings have never…

…swept a seven game playoff series.

…won a seven game series in five games (until this year).

…won the first three games of two consecutive series (until now).

…won the first three games of any seven game series before this year. (They have only won the first two games in a series twice, before this year: 1968 and 1976.)

…had a 7-1 record after eight playoff games (until now). They were 5-3 to start 2001, 1993, 1991,and 1976; 4-4 to start 1990, 1989, 1982, 1977 and 1969.

Note to Bernie Miklasz: Your Hysteria is Irresponsible

Hey, dumbass:

If Pietrangelo plays, he’s not vulnerable, because he doesn’t have and never did have a concussion. We know this because if he did have a concussion and the Blues skirted the protocol to allow him to play when he could be permanently disabled by a second injury — then it would be the Blues (not the Kings) who have no moral compass.

Does Dwight King deserve a suspension for boarding Pietrangelo?

As I’m writing this, I’m watching the live #LAKings Twitter feed scroll by on the right margin of this site, and with each passing tweet the over-blown outrageous blood-lust of Blues fans is pissing me off more and more. “Let’s take out Brown. **** it.” “All the good the league did by suspending Torres is undone by not suspending King.” “Immediately disqualify cheap shot artist King.” Etc.

From the vault: Ken Hitchcock, Crime-Fighter

Hitchcock, who vacations in Kelowna, was sitting in a parked car and sprung to action when he saw the struggle. Hitchcock pinned the shoplifter against a window. The motorcyclist grabbed the teen’s arm, but he broke away. Hitchcock straight-armed him against the window as he struggled.

Concussions: What the hell can we do about this?

Andrew Sullivan: Is Big Football the next Big Tobacco?

Leading with the helmet is not the primary reason there has been a rise in a recognition of concussions and their long-term effects.  Helmets are not designed to prevent concussions. They’re designed to prevent skull fractures. Concussions are the result of a brain injury that happens from “inside-out” – the brain impacting against the inside of the skull as the player’s head suddenly stops. No helmet technology will ever prevent that.