Kings in England pluck Ducks

first_imgCammalleri scored with a one-timer from the slot at 8:35 of the first period as the Kings had a two-man advantage. He added another at 1:10 of the third, tipping in a slap shot from Tom Preissing. Blake, who played 12 seasons for the Kings before returning to the team last season, made it 2-0 at 10:15 of the second by tapping in a loose puck. Michal Handzus scored short-handed into an empty net at 19:34 of the third. Bobby Ryan scored for the Ducks on a power play at 13:09 of the final period, knocking in a rebound to beat 19-year-old Kings rookie goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Bernier made 26 saves. The Kings killed a two-man power play early in the first period, but then converted when they had the same advantage. With his teammates attacking the net, Cammalleri was left alone in the slot and his shot beat Ducks goalie Ilja Bryzgalov. Lubomir Visnovsky and Alexander Frolov got the assists. Blake added the second goal midway through the second period. LONDON – With a touch of an English accent, the NHL opened its season in unfamiliar territory today- and the Kings ruled. The Los Angeles Kings got two power-play goals from Mike Cammalleri and one from Rob Blake in a 4-1 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks – the first time the NHL played a regular-season game in Europe. The game at O2 Arena did not get off to the smoothest of starts. After the singing of the American and British national anthems, the lights failed to come back on. The players skated around, but were told to head back into the locker rooms. The lights slowly returned, and the players did as well after 10 minutes. This is the fourth time the league has opened its season outside North America, the other times in Japan (1997, 1998 and 2000). The two California teams will play the second of the home-and-home series Sunday. On another power play, Anze Kopitar nearly scored for the Kings after a shot from Cammalleri went across the front of goal. Bryzgalov then stopped a shot, but the puck slipped loose and got behind him. Blake, standing in front of goal, scooped it into the net. Preissing’s slap shot from the point was tipped toward goal by Cammalleri, and the puck went in off the crossbar. Many fans at the O2 came hoping to see a fight, and they finally got one in the second period. After several minor scuffles, Kings defenseman Jack Johnson and Ducks center Rob Niedermayer went at it and drew matching roughing penalties. Two smaller altercations came late in the third. The Ducks, who won their first Stanley Cup last year, were playing without usual starting goaltender Jean-Sebastian Giguere, checking forward Samuel Pahlsson and defenseman Mathieu Schneider because of injuries. Giguere, who had a sports hernia operation in the offseason, said he hoped to be ready to play when Ducks go to the United States for three road games – at Detroit on Wednesday, at Columbus on Friday and at Pittsburgh next Saturday. If he doesn’t make the road trip, he could play in the Ducks’ home opener Oct. 10 against Boston. The Kings, who warmed up for the series in London by winning both games in an exhibition tournament in Austria, have almost a week off after Sunday’s game before hosting St. Louis next Saturday. The NHL decided to play the opening two games of the season in Europe to increase its overseas market. The NFL is doing something similar, with the Miami Dolphins playing the New York Giants in a regular season game on Oct. 28 at the rebuilt Wembley Stadium. In the NBA preseason, the Boston Celtics play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Oct. 12, also at the O2. Notes: Saturday’s game was the first in London since the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs played a preseason game in 1993. … Kings owner Philip Anschutz also owns the O2 Arena. … The Kings were 4-4-2 against the Ducks last season. … The Stanley Cup was built by a London silversmith in the last 19th century. For more Kings news, check out Inside the Kings.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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