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Kings' Dustin Penner, playoff beard in Stanley Cup Final form

May 30, 2012|By Lisa Dillman
  • Kings left wing Dustin Penner skates during Tuesday's practice in preparation for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.
Kings left wing Dustin Penner skates during Tuesday's practice in… (Julio Cortez / Associated…)

NEWARK, N.J. -- You see left wing Dustin Penner these days, really, any of the Kings with their massive playoff beards and you start humming the lyrics to an old favorite song, “Hair.”

“Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair  

Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen 

Give me down to there, hair, shoulder length or longer  

Here baby, there, momma, everywhere, daddy, daddy...”

Penner and defenseman Willie Mitchell are looking an awful lot like lumberjacks these days.

Shooting a remake of “Paul Bunyan”? Clearly, these would be your guys.

Penner says he gets his sense of humor from his mother. But it sounds as if she is not commenting much on her son’s facial hair growth.

“She doesn’t make fun of me too much,” Penner said after the Wednesday morning skate, hours before Game 1. “She did a lot of that probably early on in my life. Now she’s my No. 1 fan.”

Back to the immediate task. Penner won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007, and those feelings of anticipation surfaced again in a big way. It never quite goes away.

“I didn’t sleep straight through the night,” Penner said. “You get those thoughts. Those nostalgic feelings, for me, that I got from 2007.

“It’s like Christmas morning.”

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