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CROWN POINTS (Oct. 16)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
In the shootout, Dustin Brown, Michael Cammalleri and Anze Kopitar converted while Aubin stopped Demitra...Kings win the shootout, 3-1 and the game, 4-3.


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Brent Burns, two minutes for slashing at 3:01.

Eric Belanger two minutes for tripping at 1:09.

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Kings will be on the power play Branko Radiojevic with a tripping penalty. Off the faceoff, Cammalleri had a breakaway but was tripped up.

Tie game. Brian Rolston with a slap shot from the right face off dot to beat Aubin to the stick side. Mikko Koivu and Brent Burns with the assists at the eight-minute mark.

Kopitar just picked the pocket of Poval Demitra at the blueline and skated the distance to the goal and beat Backstrom for the lead at 6:26 and it is the Kings first shorthanded goal of the season and the Kings first lead since leading 3-2 vs. St. Louis in the home opener. It was Kopitar's third goal of the season and third shorthanded goal of his career.


Kyle Calder, two minutes for tripping at 4:31 and the Wild will be on the power play. Minnesota is 0-for-2 with four shots on the power play in 3:17 total time with the man advantage.

Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Michael Cammalleri are playing together again at even strength.

Start of the third.

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Brent Burns, 18:36, two minutes for closing his hand on the puck and the Kings will be on the power play.

Power play over.

The Referees reviewed the play, thinking maybe the momentum of the shot brought Aubin's glove past the goal line but replays proved inconclusive and it remains tied.

Aubin has stopped 11-of-13 shots so far and just made a high-light reel glove save of an open cage on Eric Belanger...side note, Aubin changed his number from No. 1 to No. 37 prior to the game.

Nothing doing...Wild on the power play, Rob Blake, two minutes for holding at 15:12.

..And the Kings are back on the power play with a hooking penalty by James Sheppard at 8:39.

Kings have now scored goals in five of seven games on the year.

Kings take advantage at 7:42. Kyle Calder, in his familiar spot in front of the Kings net, redirected a Brad Stuart shot for the goal and the score is tied at two. Keep in mind, entering tonight's game, the Wild had surrendered four goals ALL SEASON.


Brent Burns pulled down Michael Cammalleri after a great move by the young forward and the Kings will be on the power play at 6:38.

Forty-three seconds into the second period...Mikko Koivu with Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Brian Rolston and it is a 2-1 Wild lead. Aubin played a loose puck behind the net and the Minnesota forecheck pressured the Kings defense into a turnover and two quick passes and the Wild had the lead.


We are tied at the first intermission...Interesting stat, Kings and Wild have gone into overtime in seven of their last 12 games...we could be in for a long one tonight.

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KINGS GOAL, with 26 seconds left. Scot Thornton lights the lamp. The Kings were strong on the forecheck and caused a turnover deep in Minnesota's zone, Brian Willsie controlled the puck and dropped a pass to Thornton who beat Backstrom over his left shoulder....INTERESTING, through five games and 15 periods, the Wild had surrendered just one even strength goal...One already tonight.

Atlanta fell 40 today to Philadelphia to fall to 0-6-0 on the young season. They are 30th in the NHL, the Kings are currently 29th.

The Wild with another penalty High Stick to Brent Burns, double minor four minutes at 15:03.  Kings will have a 5-on-3 for 13 seconds, Kings are 2-for-4 with the two-man advantage and have had if for a total of 1:20 on the season.

And the Kings are on the power play...For the season Los Angeles is 8-for-33, %24.2

The Kings Crew passed around Best of Genesis Albums to the crowd...Two minutes at 13:16, for too many players on the ice..."I can feel it coming in the air."

Add an assist to Wes Walz on the Demitra goal.

Patrick O'Sullivan at 11:54 with two minutes for holding.

Shots are even, 2-2. Some amazing stats for the Wild, tonight's starting goaltender Backstrom 23-3-3 in his last 29 starts.

7:25: Pavol Demeitra put in a rebound off a Marion Gaborik shot for a 1-0 lead for the Wild.


Some interesting notes from the Wild, they have surrendered just one even strength goal this season.

Other former Kings appearing in tonight's game Eric Belanger and Pavol Demitra.

Also congrats to former Kings Mark Parrish, who is appearing in his 600th NHL.

Congratulations to J-S Aubin, for appearing in his 200th NHL game and first with the Kings.

Tonight's starters: Derek Armstrong centering a line with Patrick O'Sullivan and Alexander Frolov, Brad Stuart and Tom Preissing on defense and the debut of J-Sebastien Aubin.

Starters for the Wild: Mikko Koivu paried with Mark Parrish and Branko Radivojevic with Martin Skoula and Brent Burns on defense. Nicklas Backstrom in the cage.

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