Live Blog: Los Angeles at San Jose - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings 4, San Jose Sharks 1

SOG: LAK – 30; SJS – 24
PP: LAK – 1/3; SJS – 0/2 Box Score
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LAK starters: G Jonathan Quick, D Jake Muzzin, D Drew Doughty, LW Jordan Nolan, C Anze Kopitar, RW Dustin Brown
SJS starters: G Antti Niemi, D Mirco Mueller, D Brent Burns, LW Patrick Marleau, C Logan Couture, RW Matt Nieto

Referees: #32 Tom Kowal, #37 Kyle Rehman
Linesmen: #91 Don Henderson, #57 Jay Sharrers

Attendance: 16,251

20:00 – Martin Jones is in for Jonathan Quick, who stopped 16 of 17 shots.
18:40 – Irwin fans on a pass attempting a breakout. The puck is intercepted and left for Richards on an odd-man rush. He attempts to deke around Niemi but is denied.

Nick and Darryl, doin’ work:
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17:05 – Big open ice Cracknell hit on Mueller near the LA blue line.
7:52 – GOAL KINGS. 4-1. King (Williams, Muzzin), 12:08. Clearly inspired by the Royals’ comeback, Dwight King snipes from a sharp-ish angle on an odd-man rush to make it 4-1.
3:24 – Heading downstairs. Talk soon.

20:00 – Let’s do this.
19:16 – GOAL KINGS. 2-1. Brown (Kopitar, Nolan), 0:44. Three-on-two Kings rush. Jordan Nolan snaps a long pass towards a net-crashing Brown. It deflects off Kopitar, but still finds its way to Brown. He buries.
18:10 –

17:21 – Right point Greene slapshot swallowed up by Niemi.
14:22 – PENALTY SJS. Slashing on Desjardins.
12:22 – Penalty over. Nothing going on the LA power play.
7:40 – Quick makes a strong save of a Nieto deflection. The puck’s direction didn’t change drastically.

6:40 – King denied from close range on a backhand. Fine feed from behind the net by Brown.
3:43 – GOAL KINGS. 3-1. Williams (King, Richards), 16:17. Williams does a good job spinning off Hannan in the low slot to create space. King drives behind the net before feeding Williams for the one-timer.
2:11 – Weal does a good job calming a play down. Faced with pressure ahead of him, he circles back into his own zone before dropping the puck off to his defenseman. Smart play.
0:00 – Period over. San Jose was pinned in their zone for the final four minutes of the period under heavy LA pressure. Awfully strong Kings forecheck disrupted the Sharks’ attempts to exit the zone.

20:00 – And we’re off.
19:XX – No running clocks at the moment in the arena. Nieto tests Quick with a wristshot from the left wing; Quick smothers the puck. No rebound.
19:01 – Clocks back up and running.
18:32 – SHARKS GOAL. 0-1 Thornton (Fedun, Hertl), 1:28. Off a cycle, Fedun works the puck to the front of the net. Thornton receives it, backhands it past a vulnerable Quick for an early lead.
14:25 –

13:00 – Niemi makes three saves – nothing spectacular – after some consistent :A pressure. Was the King-Richards-Williams line. Regehr has two of the Kings’ seven shots thus far.
11:43 – PENALTY SJS. Tommy Wingels whistled for hooking in the offensive zone
11:27 – GOAL KINGS. 1-1. Doughty (Williams, Kopitar), 8:43. Williams offers the puck on a soft little touch to Doughty on a zone entry. On a one-on-one, Doughty is afforded space, pulls the trigger. Snipes top shelf on a wristshot.
7:20 –

6:39 – PENALTY LAK. Hertl gains leverage on Cracknell while driving towards the Kings’ slot. Cracknell takes him down with a hook.
4:50 – Martinez dives, turns a partial Marleau break into a contested break. No shot attempted.
4:39 – Penalty killed.
4:34 – Continued flurry of San Jose pressure, but Quick up to the challenge.
4:06 – PENALTY LAK. Matt Greene cross-checks Chris Tierney in the left wing corner in LA’s zone. He’ll sit.
1:00 –

0:00 – Period ends. Quick looked very good on SJ’s power play and the ensuing 90 seconds or so.

-SJ Sharkie is leading the crowd in a “Beat LA” chant prior to the officials taking the ice.
-The crowd sand the national anthem!
-Dustin Brown is the captain. Anze Kopitar and Matt Greene are alternate captains.

Kings lines and pairings should look something like this:

Nolan – Kopitar – Brown
King – Richards – Williams
Clifford – Andreoff – Lewis
Pearson – Weal – Cracknell

Muzzin – Doughty
Regehr – Voynov
Martinez – Greene

Quick will start; Jones will back him up. Darryl Sutter, on Quick: “I just want to get him some minutes in. He’ll tell me when he’s had enough.” San Jose’s projected lineup can be found here.








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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.