Summer must be over. It is good to see ice again at STAPLES Center. Tonight's game, unfortunately, will not be broadcast on TV, so we will have to do without the Hall-of-Fame vocals of Mr. Bob Miller and Jim Fox...however, the game will be broadcast on the radio, so you can check out Nick Nickson, the "Radio Voice of the Kings," and Daryl Evans on 1150 AM KTLK.
Some out of market fans have been emailing LAKings.com to see if the game is streamed through the Web site. Unfortunately, it is not done during the pre season through the NHL...and, to kick us Kings fans while we are down, according to the Web site of 1150 AM KTLK, which broadcasts Kings games in the Los Angeles area, "Please note that contractual obligations prohibit us from streaming pro and college games on the internet. Streaming will be unavailable during the times these games are airing on the radio broadcast."
We here at LAKings.com will do our best to keep you up to speed throughout the game.
During introductions, the crowd booed Ducks forward Todd Bertuzzi. This is pretty much standard through the league now-a-days.
The Kings are starting the line of Ladislav Nagy - Michal Handzus - Patrick O'Sullivan, which has gelled together all through training camp. Rob Blake and Drew Bagnall are on defense with Jason LaBarbera manning the pipes.
Drew Miller, well he, 'drew' first blood scoring at 1:10 off assists from Andy McDonald and Jason King and it is 1-0 Ducks. Miller tried to wrap around and scored just inside the pads of LaBarbera.
The Jumbotron just did an ad for California Pizza Kitchen, which is now available at STAPLES Center...BBQ Chicken Pizza anyone?
There was a timeout at the 10-minute mark and the Jumbotron blasted Led Zepplin. Speaking of LedZep, they are playing a "one night only concert" at the O2 in London, the same place where these two teams are playing on Sept. 29 and 30. Interestingly, you have to sign up for tickets in a raffle and rumor has it that the Web site had 5 million hits an hour the first day of registration. That is "A Whole Lotta Love."
Back to the game: Michael Cammalleri, just tied the game at 14:10, banging home his own rebound that he hit out of mid air on the power play and it is tied at one goal apiece. Anze Kopitar and Rob Blake earned assists on the play...something tells me we will hear that scoring combination a lot this season.
Just heard that Sandra Bullock is at the game tonight. Yup, we found her.
|Actress Sandra Bullock and her husband, Jesse James, watch the Anaheim Ducks play the Los Angeles Kings during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) |
That is the end of the first period, with the Ducks and Kings knotted at one. Ducks lead in shots, 9-5. The Kings were 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Ducks are in the midst of their first.
Ryan Carter, from Minnesota State Mankato, just committed a boarding penalty on Joe Piskula, a former University of Wisconsin Badger...wonder if the two of them have battled before in College?Jason King, scored a shorthanded goal from Carter at 9:09 to make it 2-1.
Before I could finish typing, (remember the Kings are still on the power play), Tom Preissing just blasted a slapshot over the shoulder of Jonas Hiller. Brady Murray really set up the play with a beautiful pass. Ted "Don't Call me Teddy" Purcell got the other assist on the play tying the score at 9:36.
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The future is upon us. With the game half over now, both teams pulled their starting goaltenders and out came Kings uber prospect Jonathan Bernier.
Brad Stuart just leveled Corey Perry along the boards with around three minutes remaining. The game has been a lot more tense since the hit, with players making a lot of body contact.
A little 4-on-4 hockey now as George Parros and Drew Bagnall each got two-minute minors for High Sticking and Slashing at 18:42. The game is so much more spread out during the 4-on-4s...
End of the SECOND PERIOD. Tied 2-2. Ducks still lead in shots...Kings 1-of-6 on the power play with the Ducks just 0-for-1.
Just got some images from the game...here is a great one of O'Sullivan and not so flattering of the Ducks' Carter.
From the this just in department...Mathieu Schneider suffered a mild ankle sprain and will not return. To make matters worse, he suffered the injury while committing a penalty in the second.
From the some things never change department: Dustin Brown unloaded on Andy McDonald, who was carrying the puck in a 6-on-5 rush after the Kings had committed a penalty. The Ducks came to his immediate aid and Brown and Sean O'Donnell dropped the gloves. O'Donnell collected 17 minutes (two minutes instigating, five for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct) at 4:17. Brown's hit sparked a scrum and completely may have changed the tide of the game as the Kings ended up on the Power play as opposed to Anaheim.
Brown finished second in the league in hits last season with 258.
Ducks just took a 3-2 lead at 14:28 with some 30 seconds remaining on their power play. Ryan Getzlaf got the goal, Corey Perry an assist and Kent Huskins also earned an assist for a 3-2 Ducks lead.
One of the best things about this rivalry is the fact that with every goal, no matter what team scores it, there is a mixture of boos and cheers...and it is that way in either building. If you close your eyes, you probably wouldn't know if you were in LA or the OC.
Kings have some chances to tie at the end and even pulled their goalie for the 6-on-5, but the Ducks prevailed, 3-2, bringing both team's record to 1-1...which are the two best and worst records in the league, since no one else has played a game yet.