Los Angeles Kings 4, Vancouver Canucks 1
SOG: LAK – 26; VAN – 29
PP: LAK – 0/5; VAN – 0/5
20:00 We’re back!
18:10: On a contested break, Carter tries to slip a backhand under Markstrom’s pads but is denied.
16:45: LAK GOAL. 3-1. Kopitar (Iafallo, Brown). Iafallo catches up to a puck deep along the left wing and centers to Kopitar, who beats Juolevi to the far post and redirects it on his backhand.
16:03: LAK GOAL. 4-1. Phaneuf (Lewis, Thompson). Paheuf clapper from the top of the left circle.
12:46: LAK PENALTY. Muzzin gets his elbow up, makes contact with Stecher’s head. Didn’t look great on a live glance.
10:53: Threatening penalty killing rush by Brown. I’ve liked his game tonight.
10:46: Heading downstairs for TV. And thus ends tonight’s running live blog coverage. Thanks for hanging out, Insiders.
20:00: Back again.
18:58: VAN GOAL. 1-1. Gagner (Stecher). Gagner tee shot from the right circle beats Quick short-side.
doughty defending gagner here shows you exactly how much attention you should pay to preseason results pic.twitter.com/yDb6yhQ4ZF
— Jason Botchford (@botchford) September 25, 2018
17:30: Kovalchuk steals a puck on a Vancouver outlet, shakes off two defenders to skate in alone on Markstrom, who denies his low glove-side shot.
14:56: LAK GOAL. 2-1. Toffoli (Amadio, Pearson). Toffoli gloves a high Amadio lob and brings it down *near* his skates, skates into the slot, and shoots one that Markstrom probably should’ve gotten a little bit more of. Markstrom had a chat with a linesman; I’m guessing he might’ve thought Toffoli might’ve held onto the puck for a beat too long with his glove. In any event, it was a shot that could’ve been stopped. Two assists for Amadio.
14:22: Quick point blank save on Baertschi.
9:55: Gudbranson levels Clifford. Oohs and aahs.
9:50: PENALTY VAN. Gudbranson for holding. Gudbranson grabs a hold of a King in a race for a puck with Clifford breathing down his neck.
7:55: Nice no-look Kovalchuk-to-Carter touch pass. Markstrom stops and covers Carter’s shot.
5:52: Because of the ice conditions and because it’s preseason, this… isn’t quite 2014 Kings-Blackhawks.
2:55: PENALTY LAK. Muzzin for interference.
2:20: Horvat had an opportunity to reach out and wrap a puck around Quick’s right pad but lost the handle before the puck skittered towards the corner.
1:22: Good Baertschi look from the high slot. Good pressure from VAN.
0:48: PENALTY LAK. Doughty for slashing.
20:00: And we’re off.
17:40: Harvard product Alex Biega stands Pearson up at the blue line, forcing a dump in.
16:45: Soft ice, soft boards, and a little bit of a dark spot behind each goal line. Preseason hockey!
16:25: Markstrom fights off a sharp Iafallo wrister.
15:57: BRASS BONANZA ALERT!!!
15:57: Second brief delay to work on the ice in Jonathan Quick’s crease.
14:18: Amadio misses wide, short-side, on a two-on-two rush.
14:12: Fantenberg’s low shot through traffic catches the post.
13:25: Quick stops Goldobin’s wrister from the left circle. Scoring chance.
12:57: Brown’s close-range backhander denied by Markstrom. Scoring chance.
12:45: Kopitar-to-Brown on a three-on-two. Kick save, Markstrom. Scoring chance.
12:31: Iafallo wrister; Markstrom… elbow save? Scoring chance. Lots of scoring chances!
12:06: Ice issue at Markstrom’s net. Ice maintenance. Brief delay.
12:06: PENALTY VAN. Markstrom delay of game for putting the puck over the glass. Kovalchuk-Doughty-Carter-Kopitar-Brown.
11:48: Markstrom’s net becomes dislodged again. The fourth stoppage because of ice/net issues. Two at both sides!
11:15: Kovalchuk’s one-timer broke Brandon Sutter’s plastic skate protector.
11:00: Fifth delay to work on a net, which became dislodged behind Markstrom again.
9:50: Two Quick saves that were difficult to describe because of the bizarre bounces they generated.
9:24: PENALTY VAN. Virtanen for high sticking.
9:10: Quick leaves his stick just outside the trapezoid while trying to play a puck. He’s able to retrieve it at a non-threatening time.
6:10: Good Quick save on Gagner’s point blank, far post look.
5:15: GOAL LAK. 1-0. Toffoli (Clifford, Amadio). After an interesting carom, Clifford issues the puck to the high slot, where Toffoli beats Markstrom glove-side.
3:26: PENALTY LAK. Thompson for holding.
1:28: Quick denies Horvat’s near-post redirection.
1:06: PENALTY VAN. Gagner serves a too many men on the ice bench minor.
0:35: A dasherboard ad has been detached from the boards behind Quick.
0:18: Stecher blocks a Kovalchuk shot, skates in on a two-on-one, has a wristshot denied by Quick’s left pad.
0:00: Period over. 54 seconds of Vancouver’s penalty will carry over into the second period.
LAK starters: G Jonathan Quick, D Daniel Brickley, D Drew Doughty, LW Kyle Clifford, C Nate Thompson, RW Trevor Lewis
VAN starters: G Jacob Markstrom, D Alex Edler, D Troy Stecher, LW Sven Baertschi, C Brandon Sutter, RW Sam Gagner
Pre-game notes: One of the special aspects of neutral site games is how many different NHL teams are represented in fans’ jerseys. There are more Kings jerseys than any other – this will be a partisan crowd for Los Angeles – but there are also a number of Canucks, Golden Knights, Blackhawks, Penguins and Utah Grizzlies jerseys, as well. … Click here to read a story I wrote about Trevor Lewis playing for ECHL-Utah during the lockout. One of his games was against Kyle Clifford and ECHL-Ontario. “The first thing he said was ‘Don’t hit me,’” Clifford recalled of his on-ice exchanges with his Kings teammate.”