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Kings' Stoll glad to be back for Game 1

Saturday, 06.01.2013 / 10:07 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Blackhawks-Kings series blog

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Kings' Stoll glad to be back for Game 1

CHICAGO -- Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll already felt confident he was healthy enough to play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final, but it didn't bother him that roughly five minutes into the game he took a hard hit in the corner from Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw.

Stoll, who missed the final six games of the conference semifinals with a concussion, popped right back up and skated back into the play.

"You've gotta get right into it," Stoll said after the Kings' 2-1 loss to the Blackhawks on Saturday. "You shouldn't have any doubt at all, otherwise you shouldn't be in the lineup. I didn't think about anything like that. That's why I played. Now we're moving forward, moving on."

Stoll played 23 shifts totaling 15:14 of ice time. He said he made sure to keep his shifts short considering he hadn't played since May 14, when he was injured by a high hit from San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres.

"Shifts were short," Stoll said. "I felt fine."

However, Kings coach Darryl Sutter wasn't all that thrilled what the type of game he got from Stoll, who won 10 of his 19 faceoffs and had one shot on goal.

"What I said [Saturday] morning, it's not just putting Jarret Stoll in the lineup," Sutter said. "Jarret Stoll has to give us a quality performance in terms of what his role is on our team. I think it showed that he'd been out for a couple of weeks."

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