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My Favorite Martin Written by Anthony Wyng - March 5th, 2009

Martin Gerber has found a new home, and the Los Angeles Kings have found a new hope!

GM Anthony Wyng might of found his saving grace to the season, and it comes via the waiver wire in the CMHL.  2 games in, and newly acquired Martin Gerber has been outstanding.

"It's a good feeling to come in and play for a team with so much passion to making the playoffs. It makes me want to play even better" said newley acquired Gerber after his 4-3 Overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators.

In his first game with the Kings, he did all he could to garner a win, however his team couldn't get one past Ducks netminder in a 1-0 loss to Anaheim.  Tonight, he stood tall, and although he gave up three, his team came out and got four to get the big W, and finally help Gerber feel right at home.

"I am part of the team now, and I know it" said Gerber.

"We got lucky, getting a goalie of his calibur to be set free and to be able to join our organization. I am proud to have been able to get him here, and as you can see from the past two games, things are really starting to look up for us here in Los Angeles" said GM Anthony Wyng after the game this evening.

Still 3 points out of the final playoff spot in the West, the Kings know they have a lot to do, however, they feel they can do it, especially now.

"Nothing against Marty (Biron) or Danny (Ellis), but having Gerber here just makes us that much more dangerous" said team captain Mike Richards. "There is no holding back now. It was an unfortunate loss the other night, but tonight is huge for moral, for the standings, for everything" he added.

The Kings still have a long road to go down. Montreal, Detroit, Edmonton and Vancouver are all up next, and all of them but Detroit are playoff positioned teams.

"It's going to be a lot of work, however it's also going to be a lot of fun" said Martin Erat. "The whole team is looking forward to the next couple of weeks.  It's do or die time, but I think we are going to do, rather then die" he added.

25 games left, 3 against San Jose, all at home, 2 against Dallas and 2 against Anaheim, along with the four upcoming, it's not going to be easy, but it will be a lot to prove and a lot to give for LA.  It's now or never. 5-7 out of a possible 8 points over the next four games will say quite a bit, of course that is just speculation, but that is also what is needed at this point of the season.  On top of that, the schedule is not easy for the Kings, and a lot has to be done.

"We can not worry about the teams ahead of us, or how many points it is right now, we just have to play each game the way we know how to play it.  We have to take the ice night in and night out like it's game 7 of a playoff series, and that we must win to stay alive and advance.  That is the attitude going through the locker room right now, and that is what we feel we will carry into each and every game here on out" said Coach Juilen after tonight's win.

Let's see where we stand in a week from now. Until then


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