Live Blog: Los Angeles vs Colorado - LA Kings Insider

Colorado Avalanche 3, Los Angeles Kings 2

Attendance: 11,722

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LAK starters: G Ben Scrivens, D Keaton Ellerby, D Drew Doughty, LW Matt Frattin, C Mike Richards, RW Jeff Carter
COL starters: G J.S. Giguere, D Erik Johnson, D Jan Hejda, LW Alex Tanguay, C Paul Stastny, RW Gabriel Landeskog

Referees: Mike Hasenfratz, Dennis LaRue
Linesmen: Kiel Murchison, Jay Sharrers

0:00 – And we’re underway…
0:25 – Early L.A. power play. Gabriel Landeskog is whistled for hooking.
1:15 – Dustin Brown takes the ice for his first shift of the preseason.
2:30 – Good pressure by L.A. after the power play ended. Doughty found a seam deep in the Colorado zone along the left wing but had his short-side attempt denied by Giguere. Good touches by Frattin as well. He found Ellerby, who activated but shot wide on a quality opportunity.
3:59 – Matt Greene whistled for interference.
9:30 – Good pressure by the Kings grinders. Carcillo gets in on the forecheck and makes a hit behind the net to free the puck loose. He found Martinez open at the left point, and Giguere had to extend his left leg to kick aside the hard low shot. Fraser jumped on the rebound and forced Giguere to make another save.
11:25 – Colorado defenseman Andre Benoit, who scored against L.A. eight days ago, jumped in the rush and took a feed at the tops of the circles. Scrivens was forced to make a tough blocker save on Benoit’s B-plus scoring chance.
13:50 – Strong sequence of Ben Scrivens saves. We’ll see you on the plane to Minnesota next week, Ben.
16:35 – Another big Jordan Nolan hit draws a penalty on the opposition. Six minutes of penalties, to be exact. Two on Bordeleau; four on McLeod. Big hits in every game this preseason by Nolan.

And it leads to…
16:38 – LOS ANGELES GOAL. Mike Richards PPG (Anze Kopitar). 1-0 LAK. Kopitar won the draw back to Richards at the point. He blasts a slap shot past Giguere three seconds into the 5-on-3. It was announced as a Doughty goal, but…no. Richards all the way.

19:30 – More key Scrivens saves from in close.
20:00 – Period over.

0:00 – Pitter patter, let’s get at ‘er…
0:14 – LOS ANGELES GOAL. Mike Richards PPG (Matt Frattin, Jarret Stoll). 2-0 LAK. Great job by Frattin finding Richards unmarked at the tops of the circles. His wrister goes post-in past Giguere. The Kings have scored three goals on power plays drawn by huge Jordan Nolan hits over the last four periods and 14 seconds.

4:10 – Dieter Ruehle plays the Green Acres theme song. Aahhh, memories of The Forum.
5:30 – Ellerby whistled for hooking after three successive Colorado shots and some sustained pressure.
7:00 – Another strong Ben Scrivens save, this time a slide to his left to take a quality chance away from Stastny.
8:11 – COLORADO GOAL. Ryan O’Reilly (Steve Downie, Matt Duchene). 2-1 LAK. O’Reilly buries a rebound on the backhand following a Scrivens save on a Downie shot from close range. Not a huge surprise, but O’Reilly and Duchene have looked very good versus L.A. this preseason.
12:10 – Mathieu Garon spells Ben Scrivens. Scrivens stopped 17/18 in 32:10 of action.
12:58 – COLORADO GOAL. Gabriel Landeskog (Alex Tanguay, Andre Benoit. 2-2. Garon made the initial save, but Landeskog pounces on a rebound in the crease.
15:09 – Ellerby whistled for holding.
16:06 – COLORADO GOAL. Gabriel Landeskog (Andre Benoit, Paul Stastny). 3-2 COL. Benoit’s power play blast was stopped by Garon, but Landeskog, minus his helmet, pounces on the rebound. Decent hit by Landeskog on Brown in a battle for the puck several moments before.
18:04 – Strong Garon save on a deflected puck during a delayed penalty. Kyle Clifford whistled for charging.
19:42 – Erik Johnson whistled for goaltender interference, which Negated a Colorado goal. Play stopped as the Colorado skater touched the puck to put a rebound past Garon. Five seconds into the third period, the Kings will have 1:38 of power play time.
20:00 – Period over.

0:00 – Kings power play in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1…3:25 – Good Frattin hit on Hejda in front of the L.A. bench.
5:40 – Strong sprawling Garon save on Nathan MacKinnon, the first overall pick of the 2013 draft.
8:00 – Matt Duchene turned on his jets to beat Willie Mitchell to a loose puck before backhanding a shot above the net on a breakaway. Impressive speed by Duchene.
9:26 – Patrick Bordeleau assessed a 10-minute misconduct following a minor scrum near the Colorado net.
14:54 – Willie Mitchell turned awkwardly while defending in his own zone and gingerly skated to his bench. He’s testing his ailment while skating during the TV timeout.
18:25 – Mitchell took two shifts and appears to be battling through it. I’m heading downstairs… Blog will be updated later tonight.

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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.