Los Angeles Kings: Dustin Penner
Dustin Penner is a pretty good-looking dude if you see him outside of the months of April-June. Though he rocks a thick, luscious playoff beard, some guys just look better without facial hair. Sorry, Dustin!
The two time Stanley Cup champion was great with his beard on, though. After collecting just 17 points in 65 games with the Kings in the 2012 season, Penner amassed 11 points in 20 games through their playoff run. Including an overtime winner against the Phoenix Coyotes to advance to the Cup final that year. Sometimes the beard does hold some magic.
One of the more notable facts you may remember about Penner’s career is that he once injured himself eating pancakes. Yes, you read that correctly. Dustin Penner woke up one morning, sat down at the table for breakfast with his wife at the time, leaned in to take a bite of his pancakes and then felt an immediate immobilizing pain shoot through his back.
The lesson to be learned here is to avoid pancakes at all costs. Sure, they are fluffy, delicious breakfast treats, but they are not to be trusted. If you must eat pancakes, eat them standing up. Thankfully the injury occurred in January, long before Penner had his terrible beard for sticky syrup to ruin as well.
For butter or worse, Penner would recover from the injury and flourish in the playoffs that season.