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Live discussion: AEG sale, Jeff Carter, the Kings and the Ducks

March 14, 2013|By Houston Mitchell

Join Times hockey writers Lisa Dillman and Helene Elliott at 1 p.m. today for a live video chat about the Ducks, Kings and the NHL. You will be able to submit questions for Dillman and Elliott during the chat.

The Kings have been playing much better over the last couple of weeks, thanks in large part to the outstanding play of Jeff Carter.

As Dillman wrote about Carter this week,

"The continuing education of Jeff Carter, whose 17 goals are tied for third in the NHL, knows no bounds. The Kings' forward received another unusual tutorial from his boss, General Manager Dean Lombardi, after the lockout ended in January.

"Lombardi's meetings with his players are legendary in terms of length and scope. With Carter, he served up the fictional gunslinger Josey Wales as an inspirational teaching moment.

"I had no idea who it was," Carter said, smiling. "I do now."

"Wales also served as part of Lombardi's syllabus during the run to the Stanley Cup last spring when Lombardi showed then-struggling Carter a clip from "The Outlaw Josey Wales," the movie starring Clint Eastwood in 1976.

"Are you going to score goals, Jeff, or whistle Dixie?

"When you sit back and think about it, there's a lot of similarities in the movie he showed me," Carter said. "The quick draws and you've got to think ahead of the guy, which comes into play in hockey a lot."

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