Shanghai Live Blog: Los Angeles vs Vancouver - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings 5, Vancouver Canucks 2

Third Period
20:00: We are seated in the Kings Shoot Twice end.
18:42: Penalty over.
18:42: PENALTY LAK. Forbort for slashing. Vancouver’s eighth power play.
17:12: PENALTY VAN. Horvat for slashing. LAK PP in 30 seconds.
15:50: PENALTY LAK. Kempe for hooking.
13:50: Power plays over. All of them.’
12:38: Nice give-and-go between Cammalleri and Doughty, who fired a hard shot directly off Cammalleri’s forward pass. Markstrom save.
7:23: GOAL VAN. Forbort gets caught in the neutral zone, leaving Folin to defend a two-on-one. He blocks Granlund’s first shot, but Granlund puts the loose puck past Quick to pull Vancouver within one. 3-2 LAK.
5:35: Attendance is 10,088.
4:54: Nice Quick stop on Sutter’s attempt after bringing the puck out from behind the net.
4:53: PENALTY LAK. Toffoli for tripping.
4:24: Good Quick save on Daniel Sedin from the low slot. Quick has been really solid tonight.
4:21: PENALTY VAN. Interference on Daniel Sedin.
3:30: Good low-to-high pass from Shore to Fantenberg, whose shot sails high.
3:03: GOAL LAK. Pearson generates another breakaway, opens up Markstrom, slips the puck between his pads on the backhand. 4-2.
0:51: GOAL LAK. 5-2. Carter empty-netter. Warm up the bus.
0:00: Dunzo.

Second Period
20:00: Play on.
19:35: Nice Brown look off a Kopitar feed from the high slot.
19:30: Markstrom fights off
19:03: Brass Bonanza, Dieter?!
18:56: GOAL LAK. 3-0. Beautiful puck movement. Carter wins an offensive faceoff cleanly, and all Kings and no Canucks touched the puck before Markstrom got a piece of Martinez’s one-timer off a cross-ice Toffoli feed.

17:54: PENALTY LAK. Andre-off for hooking.
17:45: PPG VAN. Similar to LA’s most recent goal, I don’t believe the Kings touched the puck between an offensive zone faceoff win and when Baertschi skittered a puck between Quick’s left pad and glove. Appears to be a crowd favoring the Canucks. 3-1 LA.
17:19: PENALTY LAK. Doughty for hooking.
16:20: Nice Folin block of a Grade-A-minus chance.
16:17: Quick makes a good pad save on Henrik Sedin’s sharp-angle attempt.
15:19: Penalty killed.
13:37: PENALTY LAK. Doughty for interference. Good Forbort tie-up in the low slot shortly beforehand.
12:46: Stoppage. The goal currently behind Quick continues to become dislodged. Ends a Canucks scoring chance.
10:05: Muzzin joins a rush late, and Brown finds him. He fires it wide, but the play still represented much of the Kings’ attempts to get defensemen jumping into the rush above the forwards.
9:45: PENALTY LAK. Muzzin for slashing. Lower Bowl starts The Wave.
9:10: Good Quick saves on Daniel Sedin, who brought the puck out from behind the net but was denied on the backhand.
7:56: Quick stops Horvat, who made a cut towards the bottom of the left circle into the low slot.
6:42: Quality Markstrom Markstrom stick save on Shore, who fired the puck on a one-on-one from the left of the slot.
6:42: PENALTY VAN. Horvat for tripping.
4:42: Penalty over.
3:59: Good job by Martinez using his stick to deny a slot-bound pass from the goal line, preventing a developing chance.
3:40: Contested Brown near-breakaway denied by Markstrom as Brown cuts to his right at the top of the crease.
0:42: PENALTY LAK. Shore for slashing.
0:00: Period over. Burmistrov snapped the puck into the net from inside the right point, but well after the horn.

First period
20:00: We’re underway, but the internet is crawling along. Bear with a delay…
19:36: PENALTY LAK. Forbort off for slashing. Heavy enforcement of slashing will continue to be an issue through the preseason and the start of the regular season until players adjust and referees back off a bit.
17:36: Penalty killed. Kopitar with a chance from the right circle that Markstrom fights off with his shoulder.
16:35: Lots of oohs and aahs – shots on goal, as well as big hits, such as Kyle Clifford’s during a forecheck against Michael Del Zotto.
14:46: PENALTY VAN. Henrik Sedin for… slashing.
12:54: PPG LAK. 1-0. Muzzin finds Kempe above the right circle. No one steps up to challenge him, so he waits for a screen, winds up, blasts a slapshot that goes post-in, beats Markstrom.

12:36: PENALTY LAK. Shore to the box for holding.
10:36: Penalty killed.
8:00: Nice safe play by Fantenberg, who faced pressure and instead of turning the puck over, made a calm play along the boards to deposit the puck into the offensive zone without taking an icing. Simple play with no good options. Good instincts.
6:00: Oh, hey, you beautiful internet, you
5:55: PENALTY LAK. Fantenberg for holding.
4:42: SHG LAK. 2-0. Pearson pounces on a loose puck in the neutral zone, skates in from a partial angle on a clear-cut breakaway, beats Markstrom, short-side. Unassisted.

4:30: Really good Brown look from the left of the slot. Snapper is swallowed up by Markstrom; no rebound.
4:28: Video of Kobe Bryant shown on the videoboard. Crowd cheers. Kobe and the Lakers are very popular in China. An arena worker who was laying commemorative towels earlier today explained to Jim Fox and me that he was rooting for the Kings and was a fan of all Los Angeles teams because of Kobe. I told him the Dodgers were playing a big game tonight. He was unfamiliar with the Dodgers and was not a baseball fan.

3:04: PENALTY VAN. Daniel Sedin for closing his hand on the puck.
1:55: Slick Doughty-to-Carter feed for a redirect that travels wide. Attractive play.
1:00: Muzzin Grade-B+ chance from the left circle that Markstrom fights off with his glove.
0:00: Period over. Kings capitalized on their chances and looked good on special teams. The team’s power play looks remarkably different from the previous X-number of seasons. There’s lots of movement and attempts to set up one-time looks and make plays similar to the Doughty-to-Carter look late in the period. I feel that a lot of NHL teams are headed in a similar direction, especially in the four-forward look that John Stevens discussed last week.


Lines and pairings are expected to be:



Jonathan Quick is expected to start. Darcy Kuemper will back up. For more on the NHL China Games, I’m joining Gord Stellick and Rob Simpson on Sirius XM at 4:10 a.m. PT. More running commentary and multimedia will follow, Insiders.

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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.