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Former RoughRider Purcell back to NHL

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Former Cedar Rapids RoughRider Teddy Purcell was recalled from the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs to the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. He’s playing in L.A.’s game tonight at Minnesota.

It sounds like it’s only a temporary recall, however, as he is replacing standout winger Dustin Brown in the lineup because Brown’s wife just delivered a child.

“Brownie is a special kind of player with his skill and grit and physical play he has, so you’re not going to have one guy step in and fill that,” Purcell said on the Kings’ official Web site. “He was our all-star representative for a reason. It sounds cliché but you need a collective effort from everyone else just to pick it up a little bit and make up for losing him. We’re playing a Minnesota team that hasn’t had (Marian) Gaborik pretty much all year so every team goes through it and it’s the ones that seem to respond when certain guys are out of the lineup that seem to do the best.”

Purcell had a goal and six assists in 17 games earlier this season for the Kings. He made his NHL debut last season. He had 16 goals and 22 assists in 38 games this season for Manchester.

He’s expected to play on a forward line with Jarret Stoll and Kyle Calder.

“It’s always nice to come up and go in with a line that has had some success lately,” Purcell told the Kings’ Web site. “It’s unfortunate that Brown couldn’t be here because that has been one of the top lines and has been effective so hopefully I can come in and not slow those guys down at all and get those guys the puck and continue some of the success they’ve been having.

“When I first came up here and got my first taste, I was almost afraid to shoot I always wanted to pass to those guys and try to make them happy but I think as I got more comfortable here and more confidence here I think I can fit more that shooter role. Down in Manchester, I’ve been able to do both so hopefully I can carry that up here and get open for those guys and find some goals.”

Purcell also had this to say about his recall:

“With the new coaching staff, it is really big on defense and that checking part of the game and that is one of the areas I need to work on and when I was up here last time, I felt I got more comfortable with that and did a better job of being consistent but I went down and worked on some of those things and I’m being rewarded again up here. I think they know that I’m an offensive player I just have to go out and do the checking side of the game and be good in my own zone and the offense will take care of itself.”

Former RoughRider Purcell has big night
Former Cedar Rapids RoughRiders forward Teddy Purcell had a pair of goals and two assists to help the Manchester Monarchs to a 6-2 win over Lake Erie in American Hockey League action Saturday night.
Purcell, 23, has 15 goals and 19 assists in 34 games for Manchester, the top farm club of the Los Angeles Kings. The right winger spent 17 games this season with the Kings, scoring a goal and adding six assists.
You’ve got to figure he’ll see some more time with Los Angeles before this season is over.
Here’s a summary of Manchester’s game last night. Notice that Lake Erie has a player whose last name is Snowball. That’s awesome!!
Manchester allowed the game’s first two goals before scoring six unanswered en route to a 6-2 win over visiting Lake Erie at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Two-time AHL All-Star Teddy Purcell tallied two goals and added two assists for the Monarchs, who won their third straight game and moved to 5-1-0-0 in their last six outings.

The Monsters initially took a 2-0 lead in the first period on Robert Snowball’s first career AHL goal and a shorthanded marker by Tom Fritsche.

Purcell cut the Monarchs’ deficit to 2-1 with a power play score before the opening frame was out, and captain Marty Murray tallied the equalizer just 10 seconds into the second, with Purcell picking up an assist. Murray now has a point in six of his last seven games (4-8-12).

Purcell’s second power play goal of the night at 1:44 gave Manchester the lead for good. Marc-Andre Cliche, Kevin Westgarth, and Richard Clune added third-period markers to account for the final margin.

With his four-point effort, Purcell extended his scoring streak to seven games (6-8-14).

Scott Parse and defenseman Alec Martinez each posted two assists apiece in the win, and goaltender Daniel Taylor made 20 saves between the pipes.

Lake Erie has now lost four straight contests.

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