Three stars: 3) Kopitar, 2) Bernier and 1) Michael Cammalleri.
FINAL: KINGS 4, DUCKS 1
Todd Marchant, two minutes for boarding at 19:44...and this game is pretty much a wrap.
EMPTY NET GOAL HANDZUS with 25 seconds left. Short handed. Bernier made a great save to set up the play, diving to his stick side to stuff an open Duck forward after a cross-ice pass. Patrick O'Sullivan got the assist and Handzus scores his first goal as a King.
DUCKS EMPTY NET...Kings penalty with 54 seconds left. Brad Stuart, two minutes cross checking, 6-on-4.
Ducks call timeout with 1:20 left, score is still 3-1.
Less than two minutes remaining...
Here some more Kings' notes: the goal by Cammy was a 5-on-3, last year the Kings had 12 5-on-3 goals....
Cammalleri has scored 7-4=11 in his last nine games against the Ducks.
Shut out over at 13:09. Bernier made the stop on Pronger's slap shot with the rebound trickling in front of him where Bobby Ryan tallied his first NHL goal...Ironic, first NHL goal that Bernier surrendered...
Frolov, two minutes for tripping at 12:16.
Power play over.
Another goal change...The Tom Preissing goal has been awarded to Cammy, I am thinking he tipped a shot from the point, not sure, have not seen the play. Preissing and Kopitar with the helpers. So now we have two goals by Cammalleri, two assists by Kopitar and two scoring changes...Cammalleri on pace for like 164 goals, might be a record.
6:35: Kopitar, two minutes for hooking. Ducks on the power play...Ducks 0-for-5 on the power play. Ducks with seven shots with the man advantage. Kings nearly got a shorty, good save by Bryzgalov.
An interesting tidbit from the NHL guys, the Ducks are wearing the Whites while the Kings are in the darks...this will be the same tomorrow despite the fact that the Ducks are the "home team" on Sunday.
Okay, brainstorm clever headlines for Preissing...and GO:
The Preissing is Right.
The Preissing on the Cake (Thank you SMFK)
Can we call him T-Money? Preissing = Price = Money? No?
Third Period has started...lines in the bathroom a little longer than anticipated. Now 3-0, trying to find out the scoring call. A power play goal by Tom Preissing. Kopitar with his second assist at 1:10. Chris Pronger was in the sin bin for two minutes for tripping at :18 to award the Crownshirts with the power play.
While we have some downtime, the Arena here at the O2 is actually an Olympic-sized rink that has been adapted for NHL play. There is literally seven and a half feet of ice on all sides of the arena beyond the boards...I think I have a photo somewhere...
SECOND INTERMISSION...some stats: Bernier 17 saves. Ducks out-shot Kings, 17-14. Kopitar and Tom Preissing lead the Kings with three shots each.
Now it is official. Rob Blake with the goal, Kopitar with the assist and now Brown is in on the deal. Still is a goal though.
Jack Johnson and the other Neidermayer with twin roughing penalties at 15:02.
11:05: Ivanans with a two-minute roughing penalty.
10:15...I LOVE LA SOUNDS GREAT IN LONDON. O Captain, My Captain...Rob Blake pounds home a rebound to put LA up 2-0...however, the goal has been credited to Michael Cammalleri, who took the shot that caused the rebound for the goal. The puck was underneath Bryzgalov and Blake appeared to hit it in...but as it stands now, it is Cammalleri from Kopitar. We will see if that changes.
Hnidy, two minutes for boarding at 9:20. That is three penalties for six minutes.
6:30 ANAHEIM Penalty, Hnidy, two minute delay of game. Kings on the power play
THIS JUST IN: Bernier is the second youngest goaltender to ever start for the Kings...Jamie Storr, at 19 years and 27 days started on Jan. 24, in a 4-2 loss to Dallas. (he started 10 total games as a teenager in 1995) The next youngest is Mark Fitzpatrick, at 19 years, 359 days starting on Nov. 6, 1988 in a 5-3 loss at Chicago. Thank you Elias.
Bernier is 19 years, 53 days old as of Saturday.
In case you are wondering, the youngest opening day goalie in Kings history, you guessed it, Gary Laskoski was 23 years 122 days old on Oct. 6, 1982 in a 3-3 tie.
3:25: Lubomir Visnovsky, two minutes for holding and the Ducks are on the power play.
And we are back in the action. Both teams at even strength.
END PERIOD ONE: Kings 1, Anaheim 0. Kings 3-for-3 on the PK and 1-of-5 on the power play, with shots tied at seven each. Kopitar has won four out of five face offs and the shots have been distributed evenly between seven players.
UH OH: Raitis Ivanans, at 17:13, two minutes for holding.
Bailey, the Kings loveable new mascot is entertaining the English crowd...though he is No. 1 in our hearts, he is No. 72 in your program...because it is always 72 degrees in LA. Not so much out here in England, there was quite the down pour of rain the last few days...today, beautiful and we are in the arena.
If you like power plays, this game is for you. I feel bad for the Referees, they must get tired of blowing all those whistles. Todd Marchant, two minutes hooking at 9:48.
8:35: Michael Cammalleri, POWER PLAY GOAL! Lubomir Visnovsky with a cross-ice pass to set up the one-timer and the Kings are up 1-0. Alexander Frolov with the second assist. Cammalleri is now on pace to score 82 goals. Kyle Calder was parked in front of the Ducks net on the goal. There is a reason he is called "Greasy."
Another Anaheim Penalty at 8:14, the other Niedermayer, two minutes for hooking...that is Rob, by the way.
Shane Hnidy at 7:29, two minutes for Interference...though maybe the penalty should be for spelling...can we get a vowel between the "H" and the "N"?
Kings clear the puck and gain a man back....EVEN STRENGTH
Kings go two men down, Brad Stuart for hooking at 4:05...23 seconds of 5-on-3.
3:35 - Anze Kopitar
in the sin bin holding.
1:46 - Todd Bertuzzi commits a holding penalty on Brad Stuart, Kings on the power play. Kings were fifth in the NHL in PPGs last year with 81...
Welcome to the NHL Jonathan Bernier
...one for one on saves.
So...about the O2...it was originally called the Millennium Dome and built by the Government to celebrate New Year's Eve 1999...it then fell into some hard times and AEG, the company that owns the Kings purchased the building and did some renovating, adding Restaurants and Bars and renovating the actual arena. It now shows many concerts (starting with Prince and Justin Timberlake most recently)...more on this later...Game is about to be starting, players back on the ice.
We have game notes people...Adam Brady, of anaheimducks.com just was gracious enough to link to the notes...and yes, we stole them...So check out the GAME NOTES
while we wait for this game to start.
We just received word that the players are returning to the locker rooms and 10 minutes has been placed on the clock and we are going to start this game going in about 10 mins.
NOTE: GAME IS BEING DELAYED BY FIVE MINUTES BECAUSE OF A LIGHTING SITUATION!!!!
Tonight is the first of eight meetings between the two So Cal Rivals. Interestingly, the Rivalry is now looking for a name. Both the Duck and Kings and FSN West are in on this and if you have a good name for the Rivalry, follow this link
Other starters for the Kings include...Anze Kopitar
centering a line with Michael Cammalleri and Dustin Brown
, with Lubomir Visnovsky and the Captain skating together on the blueline and the Kid in net.
For the Ducks, we have a Chris Kunitz-Andy McDonald-Corey Perry line with Chris Pronger and Sean O'Donnell on defense. Ilja Bryzagalov in net for the Ducks.
This just in, Jonathan Bernier
, he of just 19 years old, will start for the Los Angeles Kings in the net tonight. Not sure if he is the youngest Kings goaltender to start a season opener or not, we will look into that. If you have any idea, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Morning from London, England.
Your Los Angeles Kings will be playing the Anaheim Ducks this morning in California and this evening in London England.