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Personality-wise, Scrivens is the antithesis of Quick, who tends to be largely unapproachable for interviews. Scrivens is chatty and friendly – one reason his departure from Toronto was so mourned. Scrivens is a brainy Cornell grad and according to the Kings’ official website, he adorned his new goalie mask with two quotes from Shakespeare, one from King Lear and one from Macbeth. The idea was to come up with something that could vaguely relate to hockey – certainly a passion of the Bard of Avon’s if memory serves. From King Lear, Scrivens chose: ’Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man’s life is cheap as beast’s.’ From Macbeth, he picked: ’The cry is still “They come!” Our castle’s strength will laugh a siege to scorn.’ “I just kind of skimmed through and did some web searches and ... tried to pick a couple that might loosely relate to hockey,” explained Scrivens. “But, obviously the reason they were chosen was King Lear was a king, and Macbeth was a king in the story. So that’s the tie-in, that they were both kings.”

AND FURTHERMORE: There’s a certain recklessness that you sometimes see in NHL rookies and the San Jose Sharks’ Tomas Hertl is a good example. Not only is Hertl leading the league with seven goals, but twice in the past two games, he just barely managed to escape injury. In Saturday’s win over the Ottawa Senators, he was shaken up after losing an edge and crashing into Clarke MacArthur. One game earlier, Hertl got hit in the head by Canucks defenceman Alex Edler, a check that cost Edler a three-game suspension. Hertl is a great talent, but just 19. It will be interesting to see if he can keep playing this way and avoid major injury. Too many teenagers could not ... Speaking of the injury-plagued, ex-Sen Martin Havlat is recovering from off-season pelvic surgery and is still not practising full-on with the Sharks. It will likely be the end of the month before he sees any action ... As if things aren’t bad enough already, the Philadelphia Flyers will have to do without Vincent Lecavalier for a week and Scott Hartnell for up to a month, after both were injured last week. Lecavalier was signed to centre the second line and take some of the scoring pressure off Claude Giroux, who finally hit the scoreboard after being shut out in his first four games. It’s not the ideal scenario for new coach Craig Berube who hopefully can find a way of getting Hartnell back on track. It was just two years ago that Hartnell scored 37 goals. Last year, he slumped to eight and this year, he was scoreless before getting injured.

AND FINALLY: Shane Doan’s two-point night in Phoenix’s Sunday win over the Carolina Hurricanes gave him 817 for his career, tied with Thomas Steen for second place in organization history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it also made him just the sixth player in the expansion era to score a goal in 18 consecutive years for the same franchise. The others are all in, or going to, the Hall of Fame: Steve Yzerman, Ray Bourque, Joe Sakic, Mike Modano and Nicklas Lidstrom ... How about Daniel Carcillo, getting a chance to play on the Kings’ second line with Jeff Carter and Mike Richards after Frattin had a slow start? Carcillo earned two points in Sunday’s win over Florida, the first time in almost two years that he’d managed a multiple point game. Carcillo is the sort of player that teases organization – hard to play against, hair-trigger temper, but a decent skill set. The Chicago Blackhawks tried Carcillo for a time with Patrick Kane. Given the sorts of edgy players Kings’ coach Darryl Sutter favours, it’s not surprising Carcillo will get a chance to play some meaningful minutes in L.A. too.

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