The Los Angeles Kings
dominated the first period of Friday's 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere game against the New York Rangers
, but the game was tied 1-1 after one period.
Kings forward Anze Kopitar
opened the scoring with a laser-beam of a shot over the glove of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist
after a bad turnover by Artem Anisimov
. Justin Williams
jumped on the loose puck just inside the Rangers blue line and was able to slip a pass to Kopitar in the slot for the quick release.
The Rangers struggled mightily to generate offense in the first and did not manage a shot on goal until right before the tying goal by Ryan Callahan
at the 15:22 mark. The scoring play started with a turnover and an initial save by Jonathan Quick
on Callahan. But Callahan re-acquired the puck, on a pass from Anisimov, and fired a bad-angle shot -- from the goal line -- over Quick's shoulder and inside the far post.
The pro-Rangers crowd at the Globe Arena cheered wildly for the Rangers, particularly Lundqvist and Norway's Mats Zuccarello
, who played several years in Sweden before joining the Rangers. Lundqvist actually provided the period's biggest highlight with a lightning-quick glove save on Kings captain Dustin Brown
in the high slot.