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Canucks defeat Kings in preseason opener

Get win in overtime before playing in NHL China Games

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Brock Boeser scored with 22 seconds left in overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 4-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday in the first game of the NHL preseason.

"My first time playing 3-on-3 really," said Boeser, a 20-year-old who has played nine NHL games. "... It was really fun, just creating open ice there."

 

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Boeser scored on a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle with Kings goalie Darcy Kuemper screened by teammate Oscar Fantenberg.

"I like to pull up there sometimes, and sometimes just faking that pull up and just shooting it catches the goalie off guard," Boeser said. "Luckily it went through the [defenseman's] legs there and the goalie didn't see it."

Video: VAN@LAK: Boeser wires wrister glove side for the win

Sven Baertschi scored for the Canucks to tie it 3-3 with 2:54 left in the third period.

The Canucks and Kings will play two preseason games as part of the 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging. They are Sept. 21 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and Sept. 23 at Wukesong Arena in Beijing. They are the first NHL games to be played in China.

 

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Fantenberg scored 1:25 into the third period to give the Kings a 3-2 lead. The 25-year-old undrafted defenseman, playing his first NHL game, scored on a shot from the point, assisted by Dustin Brown.

"I hadn't seen the Fantenberg kid play before, and I thought he had a good account of himself, and for not knowing him, we put him on the right side and he hasn't played a ton of right side," Kings coach John Stephens said. "I thought he came in and gave us a pretty good performance."

Markus Granlund gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 8:25 into the first period. Jake Virtanen made it 2-0 12:08 into the second period.

Jake Muzzin got the Kings within 2-1 with a goal at 15:09 of the second, and Brown tied the game 2-2 with 57 seconds left in the period on a power play.

Video: VAN@LAK: Muzzin beats Nilsson with strong wrister

There were 14 power plays in the game. Kings forward Adrian Kempe had four minor penalties.

Tanner Pearson had two assists for Los Angeles, and Jonathan Quick made nine saves playing the first two periods. Kuemper made seven in the third and overtime.

Jacob Markstrom did not allow a goal, making 19 saves for Vancouver in the first 30:34. Anders Nilsson, competing with Markstrom for the No. 1 job, allowed three goals on 10 shots finishing the game.

It was the first game for Travis Green as Canucks coach, and the first for Stevens as Kings coach since 2011-12.

The Canucks on Sunday host the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion team's first preseason game.

Video: Boeser's wrister gives Vancouver a 4-3 overtime win

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