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‘Calm’ Cal Petersen a pleasant surprise for Kings – Daily News

LOS ANGELES — It was hard to guess how Cal Petersen might play in goal for the Kings when he was recalled from the Ontario Reign of the AHL on Nov. 12.

Petersen had a good season at Ontario in 2017-18, with a goals-against-average of 2.58 in 41 games. He was at 4.29 in 10 games this season before his recall, but Ontario struggled and a goalie’s numbers are often inflated under those circumstances.

Still, it would have been a lot to expect Petersen to come in and play like a veteran. In four games – three of them starts – he had a fine GAA of 1.64.

The Kings lost No. 1 goalie Jonathan Quick to knee surgery (torn meniscus) in late October. Backup Jack Campbell injured a knee Nov. 10 against Calgary and, like Quick, also had surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

To say interim coach Willie Desjardins is pleased with Petersen’s play is putting it mildly.

“You’ve gotta say it was a surprise,” Desjardins said. “You know, for me, when you have a young guy coming in, you can’t expect that from him. He gave us a chance to win all three games (he started).”

Petersen’s NHL debut came in relief during a 5-1 loss to Toronto on Nov. 13 at Staples Center; he allowed one goal in 35-1/2 minutes. Petersen won his first start – 2-1 in a shootout at Chicago on Friday – lost 5-3 the next night at Nashville (one Predators goal was an empty-netter) and earned his first shutout in a 2-0 victory at St. Louis on Monday.

“Great performance in Chicago and certainly a great one against St. Louis again, so he’s done more than his share coming up,” Desjardins said. “It’s exciting when you have young guys like that in your system. That’s something that’s good for the organization.”

Desjardins likes Petersen’s psyche.

“He’s certainly calm out there,” said Desjardins, whose team opened a three-game homestand by hosting Colorado on Wednesday night. “He gives guys confidence in front of him. That’s a really challenging situation to come into and he’s handled it well.”

Petersen, just 24, said his first shutout was extra special.

“Yeah, it was super exciting,” he said. “I think the big thing is, too, we ended the road trip on a really good note and I think we got better each game.

“But on a personal level, to get the first one was really cool and my parents were able to make it out to the game, too. Doing it in front of them was really special, too. But the guys made it pretty easy on me.”

Petersen, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, who starred at Notre Dame, was able to spend a bit of time with his parents after the game before all had to go their separate ways.

“Actually, one of my best friends (Zach Sanford) is on St. Louis and he lived with us during juniors, so we were kind of able to get all reunited and stuff like that, which was really cool, after the game,” Petersen said.

“But just chatted for half an hour or so and then they had to get on the road and so did we.”


Defenseman Dion Phaneuf played in his 1,000th career game Saturday in Nashville. Phaneuf, who is in his 14th season with his fourth team, spoke in proud tones this week about his landmark achievement.

“When I sit back, look back, sitting there at Nashville, it’s an emotional day,” said Phaneuf, 33. “One thing is, you hit that kind of milestone, it means you’re closer to the end than the beginning and you kind of reflect on it.

“You sit there and think about where you’ve been, where you’re at, where you’re going and for me I’m proud of the journey.”

Phaneuf said so many helped him get there – from teammates to management to coaches to team trainers, etc.

“For me to be able to play as long as I have, it takes a lot of people,” he said. “So I’m just thankful for being able to get there. And I’m humbled.”


Forward Michael Amadio has been sent to the Ontario Reign of the AHL. Amadio has played in 13 games for the Kings, with one goal – on Oct. 11 at Montreal – and no assists. … The Kings made a minor-league trade, sending defenseman Stepan Falkovsky to Minnesota for forward Pavel Jenys. Jenys, 22, had four goals in nine games for the Allen Americans of the ECHL. Falkovsky, 21, had three goals and three assists for Manchester of the ECHL.

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