Notes, Quotes and Anecdotes from LAKings.com on each game.
Kings 5, Ducks 4 Sept. 13, 2007
Defenseman Jon Klemm played forward for the entire game, logging 17 shifts and 17:06 TOI on a line with John Zeiler and Raitis Ivanans.
At 10:55 of the second period, both coaches lifted their starting goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Ilja Bryzgalov and replaced them with J.S. Aubin for the Kings and J.P. Levasseur. Ducks netminder J.S Giguere was most likely watching in the building, though that was not confirmed; former Dodger J.D. Drew was definitely not there as he plays for the Red Sox and there was no truth to the rumor that that Brandon Call, the guy who played J.T. Lambert on the 1990’s television show “Step-by-Step” was there.
Free agent acquisition Kyle Calder tallied two goals, the first with 37 seconds remaining in the first and at 8:13 of the second. Both goals were pretty goals, scoring the first off the backhand going top-shelf after dodging a Ducks defenseman. The second goal, he corralled a bouncing, lose puck and beat Bryzgalov with the backhand again. Heard in the press box, “Calder’s hands are a bit better than I thought.”
Nick Nickson returned to the booth for his first Kings radio broadcast since missing the last 10 games of the 2006-07 season.
“Took me the entire first period to really get back into it,” Nickson said. “It is usually like second nature for me.”
Prior to those 10 games last season, Nickson had not missed a game since Feb. 17, 1986, a streak that lasted 21 years and 28 days, an unofficial streak of 1,612 consecutive regular season games.
A graphic on the jumbotron at the Ducks game on Thursday night illustrated the fact that the Ducks went 4-2-2 against the Kings in 2006-07. Ironically, the Kings also went 4-2-2 against the Ducks in the series…so if neither team lost the season series and both teams win, is it considered a split?
Rookie Jack Johnson led the team with 23:54 TOI and a plus-2 plus/minus.
2007 Draft Pick Wayne Simmonds played very physical in his first game with NHL opponents, even taking a fighting major after dropping the gloves with Shane Hnidy in the second period.
Gabe Gauthier, an Orange County native, tallied a goal and an assist in the contest. His goal was the first of the preseason for the Kings and came off a rebound of a Kevin Dallman shot. Gauthier on the goal, “It is not how you score, it is how many.”
Five Kings players had multiple point games: Calder (two goals), Gauthier and Matt Moulson (1-1=2) and Derek Armstrong and Lubomir Visnovsky (two assists).
Willsie, Klemm and Rob Blake wore the “A.”
Brian Boyle played defense for the first time against NHL opponents and tallied an assist in 20 minutes. Boyle on his game: ``I just tried to be as calm as I could with the puck. I tried to think less and just relax. If I think too much, it's just going to cause more problems than good.''