Penner does it again

Kings forward Dustin Penner celebrates with the Stanley Cup in the locker room after defeating the...

Kings forward Dustin Penner celebrates with the Stanley Cup in the locker room after defeating the Devils in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., June 11, 2012. (DAVE SANDFORD/Reuters/NHL Images/Pool)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:38 PM ET

WINNIPEG - For all the ups and downs he endured this season, perhaps it’s only fitting that Dustin Penner found his way back to the top of the hockey mountain in the City of Angels.

The Winkler product secured the second Stanley Cup of his career as the Los Angeles Kings rolled to a 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night, taking the series four games to two.

During the course of the campaign, Penner found himself in the doghouse as a healthy scratch and went through a messy divorce.

But the hulking left-winger elevated his game under head coach Darryl Sutter after being moved to a line with Kenora product Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, and was a key contributor during a Cup run in which the Kings went 16-4 overall and an impressive 10-1 on the road.

“Tumultuous, with a happy ending,” Penner told the Orange County Register when asked to describe the season that was. “A Hollywood ending.”

After putting up just seven goals and 17 points in 65 games during the regular season, Penner finished the playoffs with three goals (including the series clincher against the Phoenix Coyotes) and 11 points in 20 contests.

Often a lightning rod of controversy during his four seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, Penner became the first player to win the famous trophy with both the Anaheim Ducks and Kings.

Penner was happy to compare his first Stanley Cup to the one he raised over his head on Monday night.

“It was unbelievable run to be able to do it with those guys (in 2007),” said Penner, rattling off a list of former teammates that included Teemu Selanne, Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. “I probably didn’t appreciate it and fully understand it being my first year and probably thought every year would be like that. Now being able to win it a second time, it makes you really appreciate it. For me, I won’t take it for granted ever again.”

Penner, 29, confirmed he will be bringing Lord Stanley back to Winkler with him again, but figures the itinerary will be a little different this time around.

“It’ll be nice,” said Penner, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. “I’m going to do a couple of different things with it. Probably spend some more quality time with it.”


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