Game 1: Kings 4, Canucks 2 (FINAL) - LA Kings Insider

Everything resets tonight, as the playoffs begin. Will the Kings take the first step toward an upset, or will the Vancouver Canucks keep rolling? All the action is on KCOP Ch. 13, on NBC Sports Network and on 1150-AM and affiliates, with all the game updates here as well…

In goal: It’s still Quick vs. Luongo.
Clifford out: The Kings have announced that Kyle Clifford has an “upper-body injury.” Clifford is not expected to return. Clifford stayed on the bench after the hit from Byron Bitz but did not come out for the third period.
Kings 3, Canucks 2: The Kings took the lead with 3:14 remaining. Mike Richards’ pass down low to Jeff Carter went off Carter’s skate, then skidded across to Dustin Penner. Before Luongo could slide across, Penner knocked the puck into the net.
Kings 4, Canucks 2: Dustin Brown scored an empty-net goal with 17.9 seconds remaining.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Canucks 39-26.

In goal: It’s still Quick vs. Luongo.
Kings 2, Canucks 1: The Kings got a five-minute power play when Byron Bitz was called for a major boarding penalty, and a game misconduct, for a hit on Kyle Clifford. The Kings scored in the final minute of that power play. Willie Mitchell took a pass from Alec Martinez and took a slap shot from the point. The shot appeared to get deflected and beat Luongo high, with 3:27 remaining in the period. Justin Williams also picked up an assist.
Kings 2, Canucks 2: Vancouver put heavy pressure on the Kings in the final two minutes, and got rewarded with the game-tying goal with 7.2 seconds remaining in the period. After a faceoff win, Alex Edler fired a shot from the point. Edler got a screen in front, and the shot beat Quick. Maxim Lapierre and Ryan Kelser picked up assists.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Canucks 16-8 in the period. The Kings went 1-for-4 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill.

Officials: Paul Devorski, Dan O’Rourke (referees); Derek Amell, Scott Cherrey (linesmen).
Lineups: Davis Drewiske, Andrei Loktionov, Brad Richardson and Kevin Westgarth are the Kings’ scratches.
In goal: It’s the Kings’ Jonathan Quick against the Canucks’ Roberto Luongo.
Canucks 1, Kings 0: The Kings had a handful of excellent scoring chances early, then killed off a Vancouver power play but allowed the first goal at the 4:17 mark, just 11 seconds after the end of the power play. Alex Burrows found the puck in the slot, wheeled, fired and beat Quick. Quick vehemently argued to the nearest official that he had been tripped moments earlier, with no penalty called. Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler picked up assists.
Kings 1, Canucks 1: The Kings tied the game with a 5-on-3 goal with 6:29 remaining in the period. The Kings got set up down low, and Mike Richards held the puck toward the side of the net. Instead of centering a pass, Richards took a snap shot and beat Luongo. Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty picked up assists.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Canucks 13-6 in the period. The Kings went 1-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.