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Vegas Golden Knights 3, Los Angeles Kings 2

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SOG: LAK – 38; VGK – 25
PP: LAK – 1/4; VGK – 0/2


Third Period
20:00 – Toffoli up with Iafallo, Kopitar to start the third.
18:40 – PENALTY VGK. Schuldt for interference. Eyssimont-Thomas-Fagemo start the power play.
17:17 – PENALTY VGK. Eakin for tripping. 41 seconds of 5-on-3.
16:36 – Good pressure, but Kopitar can’t finish a Brown cross-crease saucer pass.
14:55 – Bjornfot caught a bit flat as Eakin dances around him wide and makes a move to the net but doesn’t get a great chance off.
7:24 – GOAL LAK. 2-0. On a rush, Toffoli issues a pass across the zone to an unmarked Lizotte, who reaches for it, receives it, and sneaks it between Dansk’s blocker and right pad.
10:44 – Brown’s wrister swallowed by by Dansk on a contested break.
10:10 – PENALTY LAK. Brown for interference.
8:30 – Good stick check by Eyssimont on Stone ends Vegas zone time. The Original Mikey having an excellent game.
6:47 – Confident Mario Kempe dangles deep into the offensive zone, but he runs out of some room and has a stuff attempt denied.
5:54 – GOAL VGK. 2-1. One a two-on-two, McKenzie’s centering pass is redirected by Ryan with a one-handed swat past Quick for an own goal.
5:00 – GOAL VGK. 2-2. Stone gets past the LAK defense and stickhandles the puck low, slipping it past Quick while Clague lunges.

4:09 – Eyssimont has some space from the right circle and wires a wrister into Dansk.
2:50 – Jimmy Schuldt turning it on. Denies a zone exit on the left side, nearly beats Quick with a shot above the right circle from the right.
2:20 – Cody Glass post. Vegas with pressure.
0:10 – With Megna draped on him, Toffoli wins a race to a loose puck and on a very contested break into the offensive zone is able to get a good backhand on net, though Dansk made a left pad save.
0:00 – To overtime.

Second Period
20:00 – Let’s go.
16:50 – Anderson rings one off the crossbar on a good look from the left circle.

16:27 – PENALTY LAK. Brown for interference.
15:30 – Schmidt catches the underside of the crossbar.
14:55 – Good tie up by Ryan on Eakin in front of Quick. Disrupts a good chance.
13:43 – PENALTY VGK. Hague for high-sticking.
11:27 – 88:33 of home preseason action without a goal.
10:44 – Marchessault darts down the left wing, but Quick sticks out his left pad to deny his far-post bid.
10:25 – Karlsson-up-high-to-Schuldt, one-timer, save Quick, no rebound.
9:03 – Thomas’ line again providing pressure in advance of the media timeout.

8:40 – Engelland plays Wagner with good cushion and doesn’t allow him to blow past.
8:20 – Wagner receives a puck wide and cuts towards the tops of the circles on a three-on-two, but Dansk stops his shot from the slot and the rebound is channeled wide.
7:22 – Clague takes a hit below the goal line but still advances the puck to Toffoli. Good job taking a hit to make a play.
6:51 – Quick swallows up Karlsson’s high-grade chance from the slot.
5:48 – Very good Quick pad save on Eakin’s bid from the mid-slot after the center found a seam and Walker didn’t react in time.
5:05 – LAK PENALTY. Anderson for hooking.
3:05 – Schuldt makes a dent where crossbar meets goalpost. Lots of posts tonight. VGK’s only really threatening PP chance; there wasn’t much for the first 1:59.
1:11 – VGK PENALTY. Duke for delay of game for putting a bouncing puck over the glass.
0:44 – POWER PLAY GOAL LAK. 1-0. Brown pots a rebound after Lizotte tees up Doughty for a one-timer. McFlurry Minute, second preseason game!
0:17 – Bad Religion’s Greg Hetson shown (and cheered) on the jumbotron.
0:00 – LAK 1, VGK 0 after two.

First Period
20:00 – Underway from DTLA.
19:07 – He didn’t stick the landing, but nice patience and shoulder fake by Anderson to get Karlsson to bite while pressured at the goal line.
17:40 – Vegas defends a promising chance well. Wagner-to-Grundstrom, who was alone in front, but Engelland gets his stick on it. L.A. with good pace early.
16:20 – Two rapid-fire good looks by Kale Clague denied. As Brown circles the net while strong on the puck, Clague activates. Brown hits him, but Dansk stops his quick release as well as the point-blank rebound.
14:40 – Duke attempts a big hit on Thomas, who stays strong on his skates and Duke bounces off him, falling to the ice.
14:05 – First Golden Knights shot. Good look from McKenzie from the high slot; pad save, Quick.
12:55 – Mario Kempe strips Karlsson, turns the puck around in the other direction. Nice defensive play.
11:30 – Good forechecking. Iafallo strips Cody Glass (?) on an attempted zone exit but feeds the puck into Kopitar’s skates to end the play. Good aggression.
8:30 – Walker, Fagemo generate quality looks as the Eyssimont-Thomas-Fagemo connection generates zone time down low.
8:05 – Sharp-angle Paul Cotter chance turned aside by Quick.
5:35 – Grundstrom follows up a blocked Kupari shot; Dansk forced into a save. Good job by Kupari staying on the puck while taking it from the perimeter towards the high slot.
3:53 – Good Quick left pad save on Duke’s goal line bid.
3:41 – Mario Kempe diagonal feed to the far post, but Dansk deflects it out of play with his stick before it finds Toffoli for a redirection.
3:21 – Stone stickhandles around Lizotte from the right circle but lifts his backhand over the net. Good chance, nice play.
2:35 – Vegas getting more comfortable in this game.
2:15 – Good Bjornfot defending, but Vegas making plays in the offensive zone. LA had chances to clear but failed and was fortunate they weren’t burned.
0:35 – Doughty one-timner blocked by Tuch; he regains the puck, drives down the left wing, but is denied by Dansk.
0:00 – ~fin~


LAK starters: G Jonathan Quick, D Joakim Ryan, D Drew Doughty, LW Alex Iafallo, Anze Kopitar, RW Dustin Brown
VGK starters: G Oscar Dansk, D Nic Hague, D Nate Schmidt, LW Jonathan Marchessault, C William Karlsson, RW Mark Stone

Referees: #10 Kyle Rehman, #24 Graham Skilliter
Linesmen: #50 Scott Cherrey, #70 Derek Nansen

7:00 p.m.: Looks like tonight’s lineup will be a mix of today’s two skating groups. I’ll have the alignment shortly…

7:10 p.m.: UPDATE




Kurtis MacDermid also took the ice for warm-ups.

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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.