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WHO: Los Angeles Kings (0-0-0) vs. Anaheim Ducks (0-0-0)
WHAT: Anaheim Rookie Faceoff – Game 1
WHEN: Saturday, September 7 – 5 PM
WHERE: FivePoint Arena @ Great Park Ice – Irvine, CA
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Third Period

20:00 – Ducks lead 4-1 as we begin the third and final period of regulation.
19:00 – Terrific early chance for Mikey Anderson, who get around the defense and dekes to the backhand, but his shot goes barely wide. Aggressive start for the Kings.
18:51 – Kings to the penalty kill for the second time tonight. Kaliyev sits for high-sticking early in the third.
15:36 – LA gets the kill and creates a few chances after, Fagemo with a few shot attempts. Fagemo is dumped after the most recent and Kupari, Anderson-Dolan take exception, leading to one of the first real skirmishes of the evening in the corner.
13:52 – Comtois and Durzi drop the gloves in front of the Anaheim bench. You knew there would be a fight, it is Kings/Ducks after all, but I did not have that pairing in my pre-game bets.
9:06 – Like the effort the Kings have put in so far in the third. Lot of compete in so far in this period, not rolling over against a bigger and more experienced opponent.
7:49 – Kings get another opportunity on the power play, as Drew heads back to the box for the second time tonight.
6:53 – Evened up…..Durzi heads to the box after what I thought was the best Kings PP of the night to date. Couple nice chances for Fagemo, who has created his fair share throughout the evening.
1:56 – Kings almosttttt get one but Rymsha tips Eyssimont’s shot off the post. Kings have had chances in the third and looked a lot tighter defensively. Though still trail 4-1 as we approach the conclusion.
0:00 – FINAL: Anaheim 4, Los Angeles 1

Second Period

20:00 – Back at it for the second, Kings trail Anaheim 2-1.
18:27 – Ducks Goal – Keefer Sherwood gets in behind the Kings defense and beats Villalta through the five hole on a breakaway. 3-1 Anaheim, early second period.
16:57 – Kings head to their second man advantage of the evening. Drew to the box for Anaheim just over three minutes into the second, slashing is the call.
15:23 – Best look on the Kings man advantage is a shorthanded breakaway by Sherwood, but he’s denied his second goal by the left post. Back to even strength.
12:50 – Nice look for the Kings as Dudas feeds Bergh, but his shot from a tight angle is kept out by Dostal. Good chance creation from that unit off the rush.
11:38 – Kings back to the power play, now their third of the evening. Sideroff sits for tripping, will see if the Kings can produce a bit more on this attempt.
9:38 – Better on the PP for LA, though still not particularly threatening. Kings now 0-3 on the power play and have yet to play on the penalty kill.
4:24 – Kings now take their first penalty of the game, Eyssimont to the box for tripping, an inadvertent knee-on-knee hit, though looks like everyone is okay.
3:12 – Ducks Goal – PPG for Sam Steel. Goes just about top shelf from the left-hand circle. Ducks PP unit consists of five players that played in the NHL last season, going to pot a few. 4-1 Anaheim late in the second.
0:00 – 4-1 Anaheim through 2 periods. After a pretty sizzling start and a 1-0 lead for the Kings, it’s been just about all Ducks since. Shots are now 28-18 after 40 minutes.

First Period

20:00 – We are underway in Irvine!
16:50 – Strong start from the Kings, who have been in behind the Anaheim defense on pretty much every shift to begin the game. Best chance thus far probably a Lizotte wrister off the rush, which was kicked aside by Dostal.
15:22 – Villalta makes a double save on Jack Kopacka, who got behind the LA defense down the left wing. First real chance for the Ducks, but a good one for sure.
14:00 – Kings PP: Morrison slips in 1-on-1, dances around Hayes before he’s hooked by Max Jones. Kings get the first man advantage of the night.
10:27 – Teams trade 2-on-1’s – First it’s Terry and Sherwood, then it’s Kupari and Anderson-Dolan the other way. The big boys are going at it and it’s fun to watch.
9:05 – Kings Goal – Eyssimont’s shot from the left wing freezes the Ducks netminder Dostal and Kaliyev drives the net to knock home the rebound. Good reward for a good start to this game from the Kings. 1-0 LAK midway through the first.
6:08 – Ducks Goal – Max Jones drives the net and knocks home a rebound from Groulx. Heavy traffic in front of Villalta on that one, rebound just got away from him.
4:44 – Ducks Goal – Max Comtois with a redirection on a shot from the point, Ducks bounce back wit ha pair of goals to take a 2-1 lead.
1:21 – Big blocker save form Matt Villalta, who has had more work as the period has progressed – Denied Terry from a dangerous area in the circle.
0:00 – Ducks 2, Kings 1 at the first intermission. LAK dominated the first half of the period, momentum started to swing in the other direction after that. Overall, some fun action in Irvine.

Pre-Game Notes
– Matthew Villalta is expected to play between the pipes tonight, with Lukas Parik backing up. Villalta was the Game 1 starter at last season’s Rookie Faceoff as well as Los Angeles played against Anaheim.
– Defenseman Austin Strand will wear the “C” tonight for the Kings, with forwards Mikey Eyssimont and Brad Morrison wearing the “A”. Head Coach Mike Stothers rewarding his experienced players – All three played for Stothers last season with Ontario in the AHL.


Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.

Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Position: D


Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the Reign.

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.