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Erik Ersberg

Erik Ersberg  #31

Goalie
NUMBER: 31 BIRTHDATE: March 8, 1982
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Sala, Sweden
WEIGHT: 165
Catches: Left
<span class="txt18Strg">YoungStar Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Ersberg, 26, will be the first-ever Kings goaltender to participate in the YoungStars event. In his second season with the Kings he is off to a good start with an 8-6-2 record, a 2.36 goals-against-average and a .904 save percentage through his first 19 games. In his 17 starts this season, he has allowed two-or-fewer goals 12 times and has only allowed more than three goals in a game once. He started in a career-high 10 straight games from Nov. 4 to Nov. 25 and won a career-high four straight games from Nov. 6 to Nov. 13. <br /> <br /> The Sala, Sweden native, became the first Swedish goaltender in Kings history with his NHL debut on February 23, 2008 against Chicago -- he stopped 18 of 19 shots in a relief effort to force the game to overtime. Ersberg also became the first Kings rookie since 2003-04 to post multiple shutouts in one season (Cristobal Huet). <br /> <br /> In 2006-07 Ersberg played 41 regular season games with HV 71 Jonkoping of the Swedish Elite League and was named the Goalie of the Year after recording a 2.39 goals-against-average and a .908 save percentage. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On the competition with Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick: &quot;I kind of like that, I think every goalie wants to be pushed. John has been playing great; you need the competitiveness.&quot; <br /> <br /> On adjusting to the North American game: &quot;For me, it's easier to play (in the NHL) because I think it's easier for me to read the play; to know what's going to happen. There's a more logical approach. It's a more thinking game. There's more speed here than Europe.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi: &quot;There's a quiet confidence in him. I think, with goaltending in particular, that's a key part, the mental part. He's a fiery competitor.&quot; <br /> <br /> Kings rookie defenseman Drew Doughty: &quot;He's been great in every game he has been in so far, and we are showing a lot of confidence in him.&quot; <br /> <br /> <!--<a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?section=magazine&id=3604260">Regime Change</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=392391&cmpid=rss">Ovechkin Feeling Like Himself Again</a><br /> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/19/AR2008121903172.html">Caps' 'Monster' is Scary Good</a><br /> <br />--> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://kings.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=30366">KingsVision: Named to YoungStars Game</a><br /> <br />
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