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Los Angeles Kings 3, Vegas Golden Knights 2

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SOG: LAK – 28; VGK – 41
PP: LAK – 1/6; VGK – 1/5

LAK starters: G Jonathan Quick, D Tobias Bjornfot, D Drew Doughty, LW Alex Iafallo, C Anze Kopitar, RW Dustin Brown
VGK starters: G Marc-Andre Fleury, D Brayden McNabb, D Nate Schmidt, LW Jonathan Marchessault, C William Karlsson, RW Reilly Smith

Third Period
20:00 – ONE MORE PERIOD LEFT (probably)
18:20 – 3-on-1. Toffoli-Lizotte give-and-go. Toffoli runs out of space, gets a point-blank shot off. Save, Fleury.
17:03 – PENALTY LAK. Doughty for interference.
16:00 – Smith’s deflection of a Schmidt shot passes just wide of Quick.
15:45 – Press box announcement that Alex Tuch, who left the game in the second period, will not return.
15:36 – PPG VGK. 2-1. Stastny one-timer off an Eakin pass from atop the right circle.
14:22 – GOAL VGK. 2-2. McNabb wrister from distance through some moving parts but not a ton of traffic. Looked like Quick didn’t see it well.
14:01 – PENALTY VGK. Pacioretty for roughing. Two handed shove up high on Doughty to create some space. Can’t do that.
11:35 – Lizotte-to-Wagner, who had net to work with but just couldn’t get a stick on the puck in time for a redirection. Puck freed into the slot towards Clifford, who is taken out of the play with what would be a potential first period penalty.
11:25 – Good Martinez backcheck denies Vegas a rush chance to the slot.
8:59 – GOAL LAK. Kyle Clifford. 3-2. Amadio line vs Karlsson line. Clifford wins a battle behind the net, goes to the low slot, is immovable, buries the rebound of a Walker shot past Fleury.
2:55 – Holden-to-Nosek redirection, just wide. LAKI a fan of Tomas Nosek. Best 4C in the league?
2:47 – PENALTY LAK. Martinez for tripping. Crowd standing and yelling for a preseason game. Fun! Unless it’s a preseason shootout. Not as fun.
1:53 – Roy doesn’t let Pacioretty maneuver around him on a 1-on-1. Good defending. Held his ground.
1:00 – Fleury out, VGK net empty.
0:51 – Time out, VGK.
0:39 – Carter’s helmet comes off. He must either retrieve it or head immediately to the bench.
0:00 – 4-2-1 preseason in the books. Centering pass deflects off Doughty’s skate, and the post, just prior to the buzzer. Kings win.

Second Period
20:00 – Power play. Kings moving from our right to our left this period.
18:30 – Shooting gallery around Fleury; two shots catch Brown. One in his leg or knee, one in his foot.
18:00 – Reilly Smith odd-angle shot. Not a ton of space to shoot at, courtesy Quick.
16:03 – Big Carrier (remember him?) hit on Hutton.
14:36 – Doughty a touch flat-footed as Tuch remains balanced and gains a step on him to the outside. Doughty attempts a diving poke check, which affects Tuch enough to force him towards an area where he runs out of angle.
14:22 – Toffoli-to-Wagner redirect; Fleury save. High-grade chance.
13:36 – PENALTY VGK. Holden for interference.
12:15 – Karlsson gets his stick on Martinez’s outlet, intercepting it. He spins and issues a pinpont pass to Smith, who misses wide.
11:36 – Another VGK chance. Nosek intercepts a Kovalchuk pass, but the puck rolls off the end of his stick as he attempts to lift a backhand. A few too many chances against while on the power play.
11:23 – PENALTY LAK. Walker for holding.
6:34 – Eakin denied from close quarters in front of the net. Quick comes out to challenge and gets a piece of his shot with his shoulder. Knights pressing.
5:58 – PENALTY LAK. Hutton for delay of game. Getting ready for the first week of the season with a heavy amount of special teams tonight. Only nine Austin Wagner shifts through the first 34:02 of game action.
5:20 – The umbrella shrinks as pressure increases, but Quick fends off a sharp Marchessault wrister with his shoulder.
3:00 – L.A.’s only shot in the last 12 minutes came from 146 feet out, per the official play-by-play log.
0:40 – Lewis crashes the net and bats a Fleury rebound into an open net with his glove. No goal, clear as day. Immediately waved off. Play on.
0:00 – Let’s take stock, shall we?

First Period
20:00 – The Golden Knights hype guy says that Chance is the “best mascot in all of sports.” You, sir, are no impartial observer!
19:10 – Good retrieval by Brown at the end of his shift leads to dangerous zone time. Kopitar’s backhand from the slot was denied before the puck hopped over Martinez’s stick on a golden rebound.
18:25 – Pacioretty doesn’t get a ton on a high-grade chance from the slot. Right pad save, Quick.
16:37 – Carter takes a faceoff on his off-side even though Kempe is on the ice. Knights with the draw, but Kempe’s stick swat forced the puck deeper into the offensive zone.
15:45 – Lizotte was caught in McNabb’s office, which has apparently widened into the neutral zone. Heavy hit.
15:37 – PENALTY LAK. Wagner for hooking.
13:37 – Dicey kill, but several important Hutton clears. Wagner exits from the box but is unable to catch up to a clearing attempt. Kopitar retrieved the puck and nearly issued it to a wide-open Wagner, but the pass was too far ahead of the winger’s stick.
10:32 – GOAL LAK. 1-0. Amadio beats Merrill and Pacioretty up-ice and while in-stride redirects a diagonal, cross-zone pass from Lewis past a vulnerable Fleury.
8:39 – PENALTY VGK. Eakin for hooking.
8:12 – POWER PLAY GOAL LAK. Iafallo chips a bouncing rebound past Fleury after Kopitar wins a faceoff to Doughty, whose wristshot forced the rebound.
4:23 – PENALTY VGK. Holden for interference.
2:49 – Kopitar blocks Merrill’s odd-angle chance down low.
1:13 – Stastny and Pacioretty get sticks on a bouncing puck around the Kings crease. Good second-opportunity looks, but no dice.
0:03 – PENALTY VGK. Marchessault for slashing Bjornfot.
0:00 – Period over.

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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.