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March 15, 2008 | Dan Arritt
at Minnesota, 5 PDT Site -- Xcel Energy Center. Radio -- 1150. Records -- Kings 28-38-6, Wild 37-26-8. Record vs. Wild -- 1-1-1. Update -- Kings goalie Erik Ersberg stopped 37 shots Thursday night at Nashville. The Wild has lost three straight games in a shootout and is winless in five in a row. Wild forward Eric Belanger is possibly out for the season because of a broken toe, and his replacement, Steve Kelly, left Thursday's game because of an ankle injury. -- Dan Arritt
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March 15, 2008 | Dan Arritt
at Minnesota, 5 PDT Site -- Xcel Energy Center. Radio -- 1150. Records -- Kings 28-38-6, Wild 37-26-8. Record vs. Wild -- 1-1-1. Update -- Kings goalie Erik Ersberg stopped 37 shots Thursday night at Nashville. The Wild has lost three straight games in a shootout and is winless in five in a row. Wild forward Eric Belanger is possibly out for the season because of a broken toe, and his replacement, Steve Kelly, left Thursday's game because of an ankle injury. -- Dan Arritt
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January 2, 2006 | Chris Foster; Jonathan Abrams
King center Eric Belanger said that an MRI exam on his injured groin revealed a small tear, leaving his status as week to week. "Hopefully if I give it a little rest, I'll be back fast," he said. Belanger re-injured his groin against Phoenix on Thursday and sat out the Kings' game against Dallas on Saturday. He sat out two games before Christmas because of the same injury. Belanger has been the Kings' most consistent center.
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January 27, 2006 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
Defenseman Aaron Miller returned to the Kings' lineup Thursday, with center Eric Belanger likely to follow him on Saturday and Jeremy Roenick behind Belanger. And forward Pavol Demitra skated with the team for the first time since suffering nerve damage in his right leg three weeks ago. Miller returned after missing 16 games because of a back injury that wasn't improving until a second round of anti-inflammatory shots three weeks ago.
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April 3, 2002 | Lonnie White
Eric Belanger didn't really care that he opened Tuesday night's game against Vancouver skating on the King's fourth line because he was happy just to get back on the ice. "I'm so excited," Belanger said after he was taken off the injured list Tuesday morning after missing the previous 29 games following surgery to his left wrist. "I feel like a kid in a candy store.... Waiting has been tough, that's the part of the game that people don't see with professional athletes."
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January 17, 2006 | Pete Thomas and Chris Foster, Times Staff Writers
The Kings were hoping for a boost with the scheduled return of center Eric Belanger for tonight's game against Tampa Bay. Instead, they got a jolt when the center reinjured his groin during Monday's practice, walked angrily off the ice and left the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo without talking to reporters. "He didn't catch a rut or anything. He hurt it on just a normal drill," Coach Andy Murray said of Belanger, who has been sidelined since Dec. 29.
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January 27, 2006 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
Defenseman Aaron Miller returned to the Kings' lineup Thursday, with center Eric Belanger likely to follow him on Saturday and Jeremy Roenick behind Belanger. And forward Pavol Demitra skated with the team for the first time since suffering nerve damage in his right leg three weeks ago. Miller returned after missing 16 games because of a back injury that wasn't improving until a second round of anti-inflammatory shots three weeks ago.
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September 24, 2002 | Jerry Crowe
Eric Belanger, who spent his first two NHL seasons as a third- or fourth-line center, is battling for more playing time and, presumably, more points with the Kings this season. He strengthened his bid Sunday night, scoring the winning goal in a 3-2 exhibition victory over the Mighty Ducks. "I want to have a more important role," Belanger said afterward.
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January 29, 2002
Eric Belanger, who was enjoying a productive season for the Kings, is scheduled to undergo surgery today in Los Angeles to repair ligaments in his left wrist, a procedure that is expected to sideline the second-year center for eight weeks. Belanger, 24, had prepared for the worst since suffering the injury Jan. 15, but the word Monday that he would need surgery still came as a severe blow.
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September 17, 1998 | JIM HODGES
While Pavel Rosa scored three goals in Wednesday's scrimmage, Eric Belanger rode a stationary bicycle, the victim of a broken bone in his left hand, two days after breaking his nose. "It just so happens that he had a lot of bad luck," King Coach Larry Robinson said, "starting with his trip here." Belanger, a 20-year-old center, was given a good chance of making the King roster as a rookie, along with Rosa, Josh Green and Olli Jokinen.
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January 24, 2006 | Lonnie White; Eric Stephens
After struggling through significant injuries to several key players for most of the season, the Kings are close to getting a few back. Forwards Jeremy Roenick (finger) and Eric Belanger (groin), along with defenseman Aaron Miller (back), have been skating with teammates, which is a positive sign for Coach Andy Murray. "Miller and Roenick are going to travel to San Jose, but they won't play," Murray said. Miller has not played since Dec. 23, and Roenick has been sidelined since Dec. 19.
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January 17, 2006 | Pete Thomas and Chris Foster, Times Staff Writers
The Kings were hoping for a boost with the scheduled return of center Eric Belanger for tonight's game against Tampa Bay. Instead, they got a jolt when the center reinjured his groin during Monday's practice, walked angrily off the ice and left the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo without talking to reporters. "He didn't catch a rut or anything. He hurt it on just a normal drill," Coach Andy Murray said of Belanger, who has been sidelined since Dec. 29.
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December 31, 2005 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
The Kings added center Eric Belanger to a growing list of players who are out indefinitely. Belanger returned to Los Angeles on Friday to have an MRI exam on his groin, which he re-injured in Thursday's overtime loss to Phoenix. "They're just being cautious," Coach Andy Murray said. "We're calling it a strain." But when Belanger will be able to return is an open-ended question. He sat out two games before Christmas because of the groin injury, then returned to play against San Jose on Monday.
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November 12, 2005 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
Eric Belanger is already watching the NHL standings, adding to the grim and gritty chores he usually performs for the Kings. The Kings sit alone in first place in the Pacific Division, with their 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday tightening that hold a little. Belanger was a face in the King crowd, with a goal and an assist to go with his usual duties -- winning faceoffs, killing penalties and blocking shots.
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December 30, 2003 | Helene Elliott
Is this when the wheels fall off, when the Kings finally feel the absences of so many injured players and fade to the back of the Western Conference pack? What they've achieved so far is remarkable, a coach-of-the-year caliber job by Andy Murray. They've had games when their top three centers were injured, their best defensemen were wearing casts and their goaltending was, um, exciting. (That's almost every game, in truth). Their penalty killing has ranked near the bottom of the league all season and their power play is in the bottom third.
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December 18, 2002 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
It was rookie night for the Kings on Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues, but it was a group of veterans who stole the show at Staples Center. In a 6-2 victory in front of 15,662, Eric Belanger scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick, Bryan Smolinski, Jaroslav Modry and Ziggy Palffy each scored one and Felix Potvin stopped 34 shots as the Kings won for the fourth time in five games. Jason Allison had three assists, Modry and Ian Laperriere two each.
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March 31, 2002 | Jerry Crowe
Eric Belanger, whose recovery from wrist surgery is still not complete, might not be available to the Kings until the playoffs. "I don't think we're looking at any time in the next few weeks," Coach Andy Murray said of a return to the lineup for the second-year center. "I don't know if we'll see him before the end of the regular season." Left wing Craig Johnson, who underwent surgery on his right eye March 19, is expected to resume practicing this week. Belanger, who has not played since Jan.
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October 7, 2000 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Uh, Jozef Who? Had Jozef Stumpel signed with the Kings this week, as many--including some in management--hoped, Eric Belanger would have been dispatched to Lowell of the American Hockey League, his NHL debut on hold. Instead, Stumpel remains a holdout in Slovakia and Belanger set up two Luc Robitaille goals and scored one himself Friday night in the Kings' 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals in their season opener before 18,082 in the MCI Center.
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September 24, 2002 | Jerry Crowe
Eric Belanger, who spent his first two NHL seasons as a third- or fourth-line center, is battling for more playing time and, presumably, more points with the Kings this season. He strengthened his bid Sunday night, scoring the winning goal in a 3-2 exhibition victory over the Mighty Ducks. "I want to have a more important role," Belanger said afterward.
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