Autographed by Rob Scurderi - LA Kings, 8" x 10"
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Defenceman Rob Scuderi absorbed the hardest hit in the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup clincher when Steve Bernier took a run at him behind the Kings' net and sent him careening headfirst into the boards.
He stayed down for an uncomfortably long moment before heading to the dressing room under his own power. By the time he returned, the Kings had scored three power play goals on the ensuing 5-minute power play following Bernier's boarding major.
Talk about taking one for the team.
"You'd rather that not be the way you contribute to the game, but what's the difference?" Scuderi asked. "Our power play was able to take advantage of a tremendous opportunity, and really helped us get control of the game. All the credit goes to the guys who were on the ice, and certainly it was great to have the guys on the power play come through for us."
Scuderi received a battery of tests in the dressing room before he was cleared to continue.
"I had to go through some doctor stuff, things along those lines, so I didn't get back until the start of the second period," Scuderi said. "It's standard procedure when anyone takes a pretty good shot, but I thought the trainers and doctors did a good job. They asked me a million questions in a short amount of time."
This was Scuderi's second Stanley Cup title, and he is just one of four Kings with a ring. He won with Pittsburgh in 2009.
"I knew I was one of a few guys that experienced being to the finals, but it still feels like the first time when that horn goes off and it's over and you've been part of a team that's been able to do it," he said. "It's a special feeling."
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