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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ducks vs Kings - Ducks lose 5 - 4

So the Ducks lose to the Kings in preseason. I think the stat of the game was Chris Prongers 4 minor penalties. Here is my top photo of the game.

Well here are the links to all of the details for those of you who missed the game.

Yahoo Sports Coverage

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Brian Willsie put Los Angeles in front with 5:06 left, Kyle Calder scored twice and the Kings beat the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks 5-4 Thursday night in the NHL's preseason opener.

The Ducks played at Honda Center for the first time since June 6, when they beat the Ottawa Senators 6-2 in Game 5 of the finals and became the first team from California to win an NHL title. This was the first of seven preseason games they will play in an 11-day span before leaving for London, where they will start the season with a pair of games against the Kings.

Southern California's other team has only four more dress rehearsals against NHL clubs before making a side trip to Salzberg, Austria, for two more exhibition games. After their two-game set with the Ducks in England, the next meeting between the teams will be Nov. 13 in Anaheim.

Gabe Gauthier and Matt Moulson each had a goal and an assist for the Kings, with both teams dressing more prospects than veterans. Maxim Kondratiev, Mike Hoffman, Dan LaCouture and Jason King scored for Anaheim.

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MVN coverage

It’s only been 99 days since the Ducks won the Stanley Cup, but two days after training camp began, the Ducks started pre-season game action against the Los Angeles Kings. The game saw the new streamlined jerseys revealed, with the only noticeable change being a band of orange added to the collar. Because it is pre-season the line up was filled with a handful of veterans and the rest consisting of rookies and prospects fighting to be noticed - literally and figuratively.

The first period saw Ilya Bryzgalov in goal for the Ducks and Dan Cloutier in goal for the Kings. The Ducks got the first chances, but the Kings were able to go on two power plays early in the first. There were no shots on goal during the first power play, but the Kings drew first blood just a few seconds after the penalty ended to make it 1-0. Scoring was local boy, Gabe Gauthier, from Torrance, California. During the second power play the Kings continued to be ineffective and Todd Marchant had a wide open opportunity short handed but was unable to convert. The Ducks would not have another shot on goal for the next 10 minutes. The Kings made it 2-0 on the power play, but the Ducks would finally get on the board on their own power play with a goal by defenseman Maxime Kondratiev. With under a minute left, Kyle Calder scored the first of his two goals to make it 3-1, Kings. The Kings outshot the Ducks 12 - 6.

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Official Ducks Coverage with link to some photos

The Kings got a goal from Brian Willsie with 5:06 left in the third period to win a sloppy game 5-4 in the preseason opener at Honda Center.

Game Photos
Willsie took a relatively innocent shot from the right circle that trickled through Ducks goalie J.P. Levasseur, who had come on in the second period.

The Ducks had tied the game at 4 goals apiece earlier in the third, when offseason acquisition Jason King deflected a Francois Beuchemin shot in front of the net.

The Kings dominated the first period, going up 3-1 on goals by Gabe Gauthier (4:44), Matt Moulson (12:12) and Kyle Calder (19:23). Anaheim’s only strike in the period came from defenseman Maxim Kondratiev, who went top shelf on Kings goalie Dan Cloutier with the Ducks on the man advantage.

The Ducks’ Mike Hoffman cut the lead to one just seven seconds into the second with a nifty wraparound. But Calder increased the lead with his second goal of the game, after picking up a loose puck in the slot and making a move on Ducks starter Ilya Bryzgalov.

A Dan LaCouture goal midway through the third pulled the Ducks to within 4-3, and they tied it on the King marker. But Willsie’s goal was the eventual game-winner.

The Ducks and Kings play again Saturday at Staples Center at 7:30 p.m.

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NHL Event Summary - Link
NHL Boxscore - Link
Electroweekend has some photos from tonights game - Link