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NOTE: Dustin Penner was a late scratch from the game, with an undisclosed injury. I’m hoping for an update after the game. Dwight King took Penner’s spot in the lineup.
In goal: It’s Bernier vs. Ellis.
Kings 2, Ducks 1: Willie Mitchell gave the Kings a 2-1 lead with 5:43 remaining in the third period. Mitchell found open ice near the top of the left circle, took a pass from Anze Kopitar and ripped a shot to the far corner of the net. Simon Gagne also got an assist.
Kings 3, Ducks 1: Anze Kopitar scored an empty-net goal with 26 seconds remaining to cap the scoring.
In goal: It’s still Bernier vs. Hiller.
Kings 1, Ducks 0: After generating almost no strong scoring chances in the first period, the Kings scored just 1:08 into the second period. Mike Richards went toward the front of the net, took a shot pass from Dwight King and beat Hiller with a close-range wrist shot for his first goal of the preseason. Dustin Brown also got an assist.
Goalie change: The Ducks’ Dan Ellis replaced Hiller in goal at the 9:58 mark. Hiller stopped 12 of 13 shots.
Kings 1, Ducks 1: The Ducks tied the game with 9:07 remaining in the second period, as the Kings allowed their first power-play goal of the preseason. Lubomir Visnovsky passed left to Teemu Selanne, who ripped a high, one-time slap shot past Bernier. Ryan Getzlaf also got an assist. The Kings had been 18-for-18 on the penalty kill in the preseason.
End of period: The Ducks outshot the Kings 11-10 in the period. The Kings went 0-for-1 on the power play and 0-for-1 on the penalty kill.
In goal: It’s the Kings’ Jonathan Bernier against the Ducks’ Jonas Hiller.
End of first: The Ducks outshot the Kings 11-7 in a scoreless, penalty-free first period. Play was a bit ragged on both ends, but the Ducks clearly had the better of the chances and Bernier once again was sharp.