NEWS, NOTES AND ANECDOTES FROM THE KINGS vs. BLUES on Oct. 6
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EMPTY NET GOAL, 5-3. Mayers with the goal, 46 seconds left and Andy is 4-0 against his former team.
Kings empty net...
Martin Ruccinsky, two minutes for hooking with less than three minutes remaining (17:13), good opportunity for the Kings to tie this up.
Blake commits a penalty (slashing) at 14:44, Kings back on the PK.
Blues take a 4-3 lead. Eric Johnson off assists from Doug Weight and Paul Kariya. It was on the power play after Modry was in the sin bin for slashing.
18,118, Kings first sell out of the season!
And we're tied, David Backes, from Jay McClement and Bryce Salvador at 5:53...another deflection. Backes has been everywhere today, throwing his body around and planted in front of the Kings net.
Kings are 1-for-6 on the power play with four shots and are 6-of-6 on the PK.
Blues cut it to 3-2 at 2:38. Keith Tkachuk put in a rebound, with Lee Stempniak and Paul Kariya earning the assists. Kariya, the former Duck, gets booed every time he touches the puck and everytime his name is mentioned. Tkachuk has scored in both Blues games...Andy Murray is undefeated, entering tonight's game, against the Kings, going 3-0-0 last year.
Some good notes...Brown's 2-1=3 has set a career high for points.
We're back...Brad Stuart, two minutes for hooking at 35 seconds...we have a celebrity sighting:
|Actor Milo Ventimiglia, left, of the television show "Heroes" attends the NHL hockey game between the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok) |
END PERIOD 2, Kings LEAD 2-1.
at 19:19 Derek Armstrong took a hooking a penalty and the Kings are on the PK.
KINGS GOAL...ON THE POWER PLAY. Anze Kopitar to Dustin Brown. Kopitar had his passed blocked Bryce Salvador, who slid to block it, recovered and slid a pass to Brown for a goal. Ladislav Nagy may have the first assist on this as replays showed he may have gotten a stick in there at 18:56.
This is the third four-on-three power play of the game...crazy.
16:57 St. Louis Penalty two minutes for tripping Matt Walker
Bernier made a great save on basically a two-on-zero break.
15:37 (Not a typo) Ladislav Nagy, two minutes for high sticking.
15:35 St. Louis' Backman with a hooking penalty.
14:35 Jack Johnson with a hold Kings on the PK
Interesting development, Blues switch goaltenders and Hannu Toivonen.
Blues on the board..not a shorty, however, Kings PP just expired. Jamal Mayers shot deflected off one of the Kings Modry's stick and into the net...tough deflection. Assists to Martin Rucinsky and Steve Wagner at 8:42.
|Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier, second from left, makes a glove save on a shot by St. Louis Blues' Keith Tkachuk (7), right, in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok) |
Backman, two minutes for hooking at 6:17...Kings back on the power play, 4-on-3.
5:25 Armstrong two minutes goaltender's interference.
4:42 Jackman two minutes for tripping and the Kings are back on the power play.
Just looked up Kopitar's career stats vs. the Blues...he has scored 1-7=8 in five games.
and we are back and at 2:04, Cammalleri with his fourth goal, another one-timer in the slot. Kopitar with the assist and Dustin Brown...something tells me this scoring combination is going to be on a lot of stat sheets this year. Cammalleri still tied for the league lead in goals with four.
END PERIOD 1, KINGS LEAD 1-0.
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Blues on the power play now at 15:32, Derek Armstrong two minutes for hooking.
Monarchs fall in home opener, 2-1. Dan Cloutier stopped 28-of-30, and Gabe Gauthier tallied the lone Monarchs goal.
KINGS GOAL at 14:20...Tic-Tac-Toe....Dustin Brown off assists from Anze Kopitar and Michael Cammalleri...Cammalleri just redirected a clearing pass at the redline along the boards that a racing Kopitar collected, beat Legace and handed the puck off to Dustin Brown, who literally had an empty net to shoot at.
From the this just in department, Anaheim Ducks fall to Pittsburgh, 5-4 in regulation to fall to 1-3-1 through five games.
Another new edition from Mr. Luc Robitaille, the LA Kings drummers, a drumline group that adds quite the ambiance here to STAPLES Center. Show me the money! IRONY look at this photo:
|Actor Cuba Gooding Jr.cheers as he attends the NHL hockey game between the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok) |
Still 0-0. Kings back on the power play, however, at 10:17, Lee Stempniak pulled down a Kings player and when we get back from commercial break. Two minutes for hooking.
Kings GOAL.....MAYBE. Kyle Calder scored what can only be described as a Kyle Calder goal, as a shot hot off the boards and bounced off the top of Blues goal and Calder knocked the puck out of the air and into the back of the net...what is in question was whether his stick was higher than the crossbar.
Tom Preissing may have saved a shorty after a Kings turnover, knocking away the puck.
Kings No. 1 PP Unit: Cammy, Brownie, Kopi, Lubo and Blakey....
8:01 - St. Louis Penalty, Doug Weight two-minutes for hooking...Kings on the power play.
Here are some notes, Kings are 4-0-3, in other words have earned a point in every home opener at STAPLES.
SORRY BUTCH: With tonight's start, Blake passed Butch Goring for fifth on the all-time games played list for the Kings franchise with his 737th game.
Raitis Ivanans at 4:30 was parked in front of Legace and nearly put the biscuit in the basket here...good sign for the Kings, five shots in the first four plus minutes. Dustin Brown
records the first Kings shot of the year at STAPLES Center.
Blues win the opening faceoff.
Backman and Jackman, sounds like a prime time cop show.
Blues are sporting a lineup of Lee Stempniak - Jay McClement - David Backes on the front line with Christian Backman and Barret Jackman on defense. Former King Manny (Emmanuel) Legace manning the pipes...and of course, former Kings coach Andy Murray behind the bench...
We have a Brian Willise sighting...after two healthy scratches in London, Willsie will start on the RW with Michal Handzus and Ladislav Nagy and Rob Blake and Lubomir Visnovsky on defense. Jonathan Bernier
will start in goal...he got a huge ovation from the crowd.
Speaking of Deadmarsh, remember that trade...Rob Blake traded to Colorado by Los Angeles with Steve Reinprecht for Adam Deadmarsh, Aaron Miller, a player to be named later (Jared Aulin, March 22, 2001) and Colorado's 1st round choices in 2001 (Dave Steckel) and 2003 (Brian Boyle) on Feb. 21, 2001...Blake won his Cup in Colorado, returned here to LA, the Kings had a productive season out of Deadmarsh before injuries cut his career short, Aaron Miller was productive and the Kings are pretty high on Brian Boyle...interesting to look at these things after some time has passed.
It is Legends' Night here at STAPLES and Adam Deadmarsh, Marty McSorley, Rogie Vachon and Marcel Dionne just made an appearance here and the crowd roared...
It is so quite at the Coliseum now, you can hear the silence just a few miles away here at STAPLES Center.
...and Stanford just scored to go up 24-23 on USC with 49 seconds left in the game...crazy. That plus Wisconsin getting upset, and the Cubs getting eliminated, a crazy day in sports is about to get crazy with this Murray vs. Murray Civil War.
Tonight is the Kings second home opener...if you can count the "home opener" in London.