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CROWN POINTS (Sept. 18)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
News, Notes and Anecdotes from the Kings vs. San Jose Sharks on Sept. 18.

Last game, many fans emailed in wondering why we can not listen to the game online. Well, LAKings.com listened and looked into the problem and we have a fix, we think. Mike Altieri, the Kings VP of Communications and Broadcasting got in touch with 1150 AM and the Web site is now allowed to stream the game live. So, if you are sitting at your computer and want to listen to the vocals of Mr. Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans, click here.

Jonathan Bernier is starting in net tonight for the Kings along with Jack Johnson and Jaroslav Modry on defense, with a line of Jeff Giuliano - John Zeiler - Raitis Ivanans. The Sharks counter with Dimitri Patzold in goal, Douglas Murray and Matthew Carle on defense, Milan Michalek - Patrick Marleau - Steve Bernier, no relation.

Speaking of Bernier and goaltending in general, former Kings goaltender Sean Burke retired today after 19 seasons in the league.

Kings Assistant General Manager Ron Hextall, a former NHL standout goalie himself, had the following to say about Burke: “Sean was a true professional who earned the respect of his teammates, opponents and the hockey world over his long and illustrious career. He stabilized our goaltending position last year under tough circumstances.”

Los Angeles Kings goalie Sean Burke get beaten for a goal on a shot by San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau in the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, March 27, 2007.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Burke went 6-10-5 with the Kings last year with a 3.11 GAA and a .901 SV%, including one shut out. Burke finishes his career with an all-time mark of 324-341-106 with a 2.96 GAA and a .902 SV% in 820 games with the Devils, Whalers, Hurricanes, Canucks, Flyers, Panthers, Coyotes, Lightning and Kings.

Wayne Simmonds commits a hooking penalty at 3:02 and the Sharks are on the power play. The Kings have been working on their PK all week, trying to improve on a unit that finished last in the NHL with a 77.86% kill rate.

Jeremy Roenick just took a shift after the Kings successfully killed off the power play, and the crowd showed their disapproval, booing the American Ice Hockey legend. Roenick spent a very forgettable 2005-06 season in Los Angeles, in which he scored 9-13=22 in 58 games.

The Kings are getting some work on their PK in this game too. Peter Harrold just took a hooking penalty at 6:20 and the Sharks are back on the man advantage.

The Sharks picked up their first penalty of the game, Brad Norton hooking at 8:50 and the Kings quickly took advantage.

Kyle Calder's cross-ice pass went straight to the open stick of Derek Armstrong for a quick one-timer and the Kings lead 1-0 at the 10-minute mark. Brian Willsie was later credited with the second assist.

Kings fans still booing Roenick.

The Kings (Johnson-Slashing ) and Sharks (Michalek-Interference) exchanged power plays until San Jose finally solved Bernier with Devin Setoguchi scoring and Lukas Kaspar and Torrey Mitchell earning assists on the power-play goal at 16:53. Armstrong was in the sin bin for roughing at the time.

END PERIOD ONE: KINGS 1, SHARKS 1

LAKings.com host Heidi Androl made her jumbotron debut at STAPLES Center with here update from Training Camp...somewhere, Donald Trump is frowning, after all, he fired her on the Apprentice.

Modry just committed a hooking penalty at 1:08. Roenick in on the power play for the Sharks and more booing. Kings kill it off and Brady Murray commits an interference penalty at 3:12 and the Kings are shorthanded again.

Sharks take a 2-1 lead at 5:52 when Mitchel scored after having a pass delivered to him right in front of the net by Kasbar and Setoguchi...hmm sounds like the first goal for San Jose.

Peter Harrold is then injured at 13:28 and was taken out of the game. Steve Bernier, no relation, earned a five-minute major for an elbow and game misconduct. Harrold would later return to the ice.

Brian Willsie has been fantastic this game and just scored on a one-timer to tie the game at two at 9:48. He also has an assist in this contest. Calder earned an assist setting up the goal, while Armstrong also was credited with an assist.

Dan Cloutier entered the contest as did Dimitri Patzold with about half the second period

San Jose Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) attempts to score past Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier, center, and Kings defender Jack Johnson, right, as Sharks' Milan Michalek looks on from the rear during the first period of their preseason NHL hockey game on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
remaining. Bernier left after stopping 18-of-20 shots. The Mitchel, Kasbar, Setoguchi line was at it again, scoring on the power play for a 3-2 lead after Ivanans was accused of roughing at 12:40.

Willsie and Calder team up again, as Willsie corralled a lose puck that was mis-handled by Patzold, Willsie dropped the puck right in front of the net for a charging Calder who scored to tie the game at threes at 18:33.

Fifteen seconds later, Dallman took a four-minute hi-stick penalty and the Sharks are on the power play.

END PERIOD 2, 3-3

Just 1:05 into the third, Dustin Brown on a 3-on-2 rush scored a shorty to put the Kings up 4-3. Anze Kopitar earned the assist on the play. Kopitar has been fantastic on the PK tonight, making numerous plays on the puck and creating at least three breakaways.

Game getting physical. An unidentified Shark is tossed into the Kings bench on a brutal check, creating a fight between Norton and Ivanans at Center Ice some seconds later at 4:04.

Brady Murray then scored on the breakaway, I was not even finished typing the fighting major, taking a  feed from Kopitar and Modry at 4:17...5-3...Jack Johnson was credited with an assist on the Dustin Brown goal, granted it is the presason but it is the kid's first NHL point...does he get the puck?

Speaking of keepsake sports items, the Barry Bonds baseball is up for a vote on what to do with the ball. You can a) Bestow it (send it to Cooperstown) b) Brandi it (put an asterisk on it and send to Cooperstown) or c) Banish it (put the ball in orbit). You can vote for what to do with No. 756, at www.vote756.com

Insanity.

At 4:36 Graham Mink and Joe Paleski hooked up to bring the score to 5-4. We are just glad it was not scored by Mitchel, Kasbar or Setoguchi...though it would have been easy to cut and paste from above.

And we're tied. Douglass Murray scored at 16:45 off assist from Pavelski and Patrick Marleau. The puck was redirected off the skate of John Zeiler. Looking like overtime.

OVERTIME!

Both teams have chances...the crowd is into it...and into booing Roenick.

SHOOTOUT!

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