Live Blog: Los Angeles vs New York Rangers - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings 4, New York Rangers 1

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Attendance: 11,410

LAK starters: G Jonathan Quick, D Robyn Regehr, D Drew Doughty, LW Dwight King, C Anze Kopitar, RW Justin Williams
NYR starters: G Henrik Lundqvist, D Anton Stralman, D John Moore, LW Chris Kreider, C Brian Boyle, RW Jesper Fast

Referees: Dennis LaRue, Rob Martell
Linesmen: Don Henderson, Shane Heyer

0:15 – LOS ANGELES GOAL. Anze Kopitar (Drew Doughty, Justin Williams). 1-0 LAK. Kopitar took a feed outside the blue line, drove wide around the defenseman and tucked the puck between Lundqvist’s legs before flying head-first towards the corner. Highlight reel goal. Lundqvist has now allowed six goals on the last 18 shots he has faced. Kopitar also opened the scoring against the Rangers in the teams; last meeting – the 2011 season opener in Stockholm.

4:20 – Three quick shots by Marek Hrivik against Jonathan Quick over a 15-second span. The pressure leads to a Quick tripping call, which will be served by Matt Frattin.
5:35 – Mike Richards elected to shoot on a shorthanded 2-on-1. Loked like he had a good shooting lane. The pass didn’t connect with Jeff Carter.
9:30 – Brian Boyle takes a deflected puck off the side of the puck or the ear. He appeared to be OK but left the ice.
9:46 – Jordan Nolan and Stu Bickel drop the gloves after some good forechecking and a hit by Nolan behind the Rangers net. Mostly hugging. Bickel gets an extra two for roughing, so LA goes on the power play.

11:39 – LOS ANGELES GOAL. Jeff Carter PPG (Matt Frattin, Alec Martinez). 2-0 LAK. Slick tic-tac-toe passing sequence results in Carter outwaiting Lundqvist after getting past the New York defense and sneaking one past the Rangers goalie while drifting to his right. Alec Martinez appeared banged up after the goal and hunched over while skating towards the bench. He did not join in the on-ice celebration. He’s currently on the corner of the bench.

14:06 – NEW YORK GOAL – J.T. Miller (Anton Stralman, Oscar Lindberg). 2-1 LAK. I was writing at the time and didn’t get a good view of it, so I’ll go with Gann Matsuda’s account:

17:27 – LOS ANGELES GOAL – Mike Richards PPG (Jarret Stoll, Jeff Carter). 3-1 LAK. Richards wrists it at the goal from the top of the right circle. It was a crisp shot that went post-in, but it appeared stoppable by Lundqvist, who didn’t appear to be screened. That’s now eight goals allowed by Lundqvist in 57:27 since the start of last night’s game in Vancouver.

19:30 – Kick save by Quick with traffic in front during a late New York power play.
20:00 – Period over.

0:00 – And we’re off…
1:10 – Carter nicked the outside of the post from prime Carter wristshot teritory, the inside of the left circle.
3:00 – Slava took a heavy hit from Benoit Pouliot. Roughly 15 seconds later, Quick denied Michael del Zotto’s slapshot from the top of the left circle.
5:25 – Chris Kreider showed good speed in beating Robyn Regehr to the outside, but his attempt to tuck the puck between Quick’s pads was denied. Impressive strength on the puck by Kreider.
7:00 – Good clear by Slava Voynov following a Quick save during a Rangers rush. Quick was vulnerable, and New York had numbers deep.
11:05 – Massive hit by Jordan Nolan on Stu Bickel behind the New York net; Brandon Mashinter engages Nolan, who wants nothing to do with the fight. Double minor for holding and unsportsmanlikeconduct on Mashinter. Great job to draw the penalties by Nolan.

15:05 – Lots of pressure by Los Angeles in the New York end during the double minor, but no dice. I’m going to hold off on updates for the next 15-20 minutes due to a TV commitment.
16:15 – LOS ANGELES GOAL. Trevor Lewis (Jarret Stoll, Robyn Regehr). 4-1 LAK. I didn’t get a good view of it, as I was walking to the broadcast location at the time. I’ll go with this:

20:00 – Period over.

0:00 – Here we go…
4:39 – Nice attempt to drive the net by Matt Frattin, who eventualy gained enough leverage on Justin Falk to flip the puck towards the Rangers net. Lundqvist made the save, but good speed and momentum was shown by Frattin. Some minor pushing and shoving followed the whistle.
5:25 – Rick Nash found Benoit Pouliot with some space in deep, but Quick turned aside the quality scoring opportunity from in close.
6:25 – Lundqvist denied Pearson’s blast from the left circle and Vey’s follow up as he drifted towards his right. Good pressure by the Kings’ kids.
15:00 – I’m packing up to head downstairs and will update the blog prior to posting quotes.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

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.

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.