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Anaheim Ducks 2, Los Angeles Kings 0

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SOG: LAK – 34; ANA – 29
PP: LAK – 0/5; ANA – 0/4

LAK starters: G Jonathan Quick, D Alec Martinez, D Matt Roy, LW Ilya Kovalchuk, C Adrian Kempe, RW Rasmus Kupari
ANA starters: G Ryan Miller, D Josh Manson, D Hampus Lindholm, LW Nic Deslauriers, C Carter Rowney, RW Derek Grant

Third Period
20:00 – One-goal game.
14:09 – PENALTY ANA. Poor puck management leads to an A-grade Lewis chance in front (denied by Miller) and a Fowler hook.
12:08 – Fine PP exchanges before Kempe tries to catch Miller sliding to his left and unleashes a wrister across the grain. Miller save, no rebound.
11:10 – Terry with a skilled, sharp-angle net drive. There was an option to his left that would have required a saucer pass, but he ran out of room when attempting to stickhandle his way from the right wing into a more dangerous spot.
4:03 – PENALTY ANA. Guhle for high-sticking.
3:26 – PENALTY LAK. Kempe cross-checks Rowney in the back shortly before Grundstrom lifts a loose puck into an open net. No goal.
1:12 – EMPTY NET GOAL ANA. 0-2. Carrick flips it into an open net. The Ducks Goal Guy also paints his face in the preseason.
0:16 – Wagner, Grundstrom with late point blank chances.
0:00 – Kings shut out Monday, Ducks shut out Wednesday.

Second Period
20:00 – Playin’ hockey.
18:46 – PENALTY LAK. Grundstrom gets a little frisky trying to leverage a battle to set up a 2-on-1. Holding.
16:46 – Excellent succession of Quick saves on Carrick, Getzlaf and Grant.
15:20 – Anaheim zone time.
13:10 – Kovalchuk neutral zone turnover. Chose passed back across the red line rather than snap a puck deep. Always looks easier from up here, as they say.
12:57 – Excellent Quick save on Carrick, who elected to shoot on a 2-on-1.
9:39 – Grundstrom stops up in the offensive zone and needles a good pass onto Wagner’s blade, but Sherwood backchecks it off his stick without taking a minor penalty. Good defensive play. Kings making a few plays, though most of the action has been in their zone.
8:33 – Prokhorkin drove behind the net before issuing a no-look backhanded pass to the top of the crease, where Wagner’s put-back was denied by Miller. Miller closes the door on subsequent rebounds.
7:10 – Good Lizotte backcheck. Covering the center of the ice well.
6:05 – Amadio intercepts an outlet, strides to the top of the right circle and unleashes a wristshot that Miller knocks down with his chest. Good job by Amadio to follow his shot and retrieve the loose puck.
4:13 – PENALTY LAK. Lizotte for tripping. Gets his stick on Lundestrom, who goes down to draw the call.
2:10 – Great play by Anderson-Dolan, who strips Henrique, starts play in the other direction and unleashes a hard, low wrister from the top of the right circle that Miller kicked aside.
0:13 – PENALTY ANA. Fowler buries a loose puck into an open net after Ritchie levels Quick. No goal, and an Anaheim minor.
0:00 – More PP to come.

First Period
20:00 – Six more periods. Plus an overtime or a shootout, perhaps. Lez Go.
19:20 – Diagonal feed from Kovalchuk to Kupari, who reaches and redirects it just wide of Miller.
18:40 – Good Prokhorkin forecheck keeps the puck in the offensive zone.
18:20 – ANAHEIM GOAL. 0-1. Henrique buries the rebound of a Larsson shot that Ritchie, who had barreled to the front of the net, had appeared to get a piece of.
15:35 – LaDue goes down to block a Comtois shot, disrupting a high-grade chance from the slot.
14:42 – Del Zotto keeps Lewis wide on a two-on-one and blocks his centering pass towards Lizotte.
10:15 – LaDue denies a centering pass. Good coverage.
9:59 – Quick knocks down a Fowler shot from distance. Heavy Anaheim pressure.
9:02 – Getzlaf-to-Carrick one-timer, Quick save. If this is his last game until opening night, he’s seeing enough pucks to tide him over.
7:44 – PENALTY ANA. Lindholm for interference.
4:50 – Wagner misses wide, short-side, on a contested, angled 1-on-1 rush. Miller didn’t give him much.
4:03 – Outstanding Quick save on a Rakell rebound. Rakell can’t believe it. BUT…
4:03 – PENALTY LAK. A. Kempe for hooking.
2:41 – PENALTY ANA. Ritchie for hooking.
2:30 – Getzlaf two-on-one. Behind-the-back pass to Comtois, who grips it and gets off a shot, but Quick makes another fine save sliding to his right.
2:15 – Prokhorkin loses a handle and attempts to stuff it past Miller but is denied.
1:55 – Prokhorkin, on a mini-break, is again rebuffed by Miller. Prokhorkin has been active this period in a good way but also lost a faceoff leading to ANA’s goal.
0:00 – BREAK.

Pre-game Notes
Kyle Clifford, Trevor Lewis and Alec Martinez are designated alternate captains. Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Alex Iafallo, Dustin Brown, Toby Bjornfot, Kurtis MacDermid and Jeff Carter are scratches.

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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.