Los Angeles Kings 0, Anaheim Ducks 0
Third Period, 10:17 remaining
20:00: One more full period of preseason hockey.
18:40: Montour penalty ends. Full strength.
18:02: Lewis-to-Clifford on a three-on-one-and-a-half. Clifford snaps a quality shot off, but Gibson sticks it away.
15:35: Perry finds space in the offensive zone and tees up a slapshot. Might have caught a piece of Kuemper. It sails high.
13:07: PENALTY ANA. Wagner for holding in the offensive zone.
11:07: Penalty over.
10:17: Heading downstairs, Insiders. And thus ends the preseason live blogging.
20:00: Second period underway.
19:18: PENALTY LAK. Muzzin for roughing.
17:37: PENALTY ANA. Grant for slashing. 4×4 for 18 seconds.
17:20: Four-on-four starts with Iafallo, Kempe, Martinez, Doughty. Iafallo steals the puck behind the Anaheim net and feeds a pinching Doughty, who whistles a shot high.
14:25: MacDermid-Boll scrap. Draw. Guys I’ve spoken with have respect for Jared Boll. Honest, tough, fearless. 569 career games, 1,282 penalty minutes. The two players yap on the way to the penalty box.
13:52: PENALTIES LAK. Forbort for interference, Doughty for unsportsmanlike conduct. 5-on-3 for up to two minutes.
12:20: Solid Kuemper kick save on Montour followed up by a key Folin block on Perry.
11:52: Kings kill off the full two-minute five-on-three. Five Kuemper saves.
10:39: PENALTY ANA. Wagner for tripping.
10:29: Ducks generate a two-on-one immediately after winning a faceoff in their own end. Wagner races down the right wing, cuts to the left, but doesn’t get off a terrific opportunity before colliding with the crossbar and knocking the net off its moorings.
10:00: Kopitar one-timer. Doesn’t get all of it, but still forces Gibson to make a left pad save.
8:57: PENALTY LAK. Kempe for holding. Handcuffed by a puck at the blue line, he held up Rasmussen while trying to ensure the Duck forward didn’t skate in on a breakaway.
7:40: More good goaltending. Kuemper on Fowler, who sliced through the L.A. defense into a dangerous area.
6:57: Kings kill the penalty, but Anaheim generated good looks.
1:22: Forbort gets a stick on Sabourin’s attempt from the low slot, which trickles into the corner. The two look somewhat alike.
0:41: PENALTY ANA. Montour for holding. Slow period.
0:00: Zeroes after two.
20:00: Final preseason game: GO
19:32: Well, here we go. PENALTIES, LAK, ANA. Extra minor to Martinez for cross-checking. Boll stands Martinez up with a heavy hit that on the only replay I saw appeared to be legal. Clifford comes to his defense and fights Boll. Exhausting fight; some glancing blows, but no KO. Ducks to the power play. Extra 10 for Clifford.
18:43: Perry takes a bit of a run at Forbort, knocking him to the ice during a Kuemper cover. Brown knocks Perry to the ice.
17:32: Kings back at full strength.
14:28: Good hit by Muzzin at the red line separates Kase from the puck.
12:55: Grade-B+ Doughty slapshot from the tops of the circles. Blockered away by Gibson. Good save.
11:12: PENALTY ANA. Shaw for goaltender interference.
10:20: Carter wrist shot from distance through traffic makes Gibson work.
9:22: Muzzin snapper catches the outside of the stick-side post.
9:12: Power play over.
7:55: Excellent pressure by Iafallo-Shore-Lewis. (Clifford was off serving a 10-minute misconduct.) All three swarming the net; quality Iafallo looks from the slot. Good ability to work behind the net, an added emphasis that Pierre Turgeon has incorporated into the attack.
5:59: Dowd chance from the slot turned away.
4:00: Did Shore just circle back to his blue line with a three-on-two developing?
2:58: Grade-A Pearson chances. High quality Gibson saves.
1:51: PENALTY ANA. Boll for holding. Several quality looks with traffic in front from the point and the right circle. Gibson excellent thus far.
0:55: Carter chips a puck over the net from close range off a deft Brown touch.
0:00: Period over. L.A. all over a depleted Anaheim squad, but Gibson (and Kuemper) rose to the occasion. Shots after one are 13-6 in favor of the Kings.
Expected Kings lineup:
-I’ll update that if anything changes. Inclined to say that Kuemper and Campbell will split time in net, but I’m not entirely sure on that.
-Referees are #17 Frederick L’Ecuyer and #34 Brad Meier. Linesmen are #82 Ryan Galloway and #66 Darren Gibbs.
-Kings starters: Kuemper, Muzzin-Martinez, Clifford-Shore-Kuemper
-I’ll be talking with Bill Ranford and sharing an update on competition for roster spots on the LA Kings Live pre-game show. With an L.A. win, I’ll be on the bench with one of the game’s three stars.
-Lead photo via Juan Ocampo/NHLI