Stars prevail over Kings on Denis Gurianov's OT goal
The Dallas Stars took advantage of a short-handed Los Angeles Kings defense, getting an overtime goal from Denis Gurianov to earn a 3-2 victory in their home opener.The decisive goal came on Gurianov's backhanded shot on a breakaway with 45 seconds to play. The Stars tied for the NHL lead last season with eight overtime or shootout defeats at home.Miro Heiskanen scored the game-tying goal in the third period, while the Stars also got a first-period goal from Tyler Seguin.The Kings lost star defenseman Drew Doughty to injury in the second period, while getting goals from Gabe Vilardi and Anze Kopitar.The Kings and Stars were playing each other for the first time since January 2020 and the first time at Dallas since January 2019.Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick made 20 saves, while Stars goalie Braden Holtby made 43 saves, as the Kings had a 45-22 advantage in shots on goal.Kopitar gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 17:11 of the first period when he redirected a cross-ice pass from Viktor Arvidsson into a wide-open net. It was Kopitar's sixth goal of the season, with a score in all four games.
Stars .500 after grueling road trip, meet Kings in home opener
The Dallas Stars will roll out the welcome mat at home for the first time this season, playing host to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday after a break-even road trip to start the season.The success during their 2-2-0 travels was hard-earned. The Stars forged an overtime victory in the season opener Oct. 14 at the New York Rangers and completed the trip with a 2-1 shootout victory at Pittsburgh on Tuesday for their four points in the early going.Last season for the Stars, finishing off opponents like that at home proved difficult, essentially costing them a trip to the playoffs with a fifth-place finish in the Central Division, four points away from a visit to the postseason.Dallas was 13-7-8 at home, tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets for most single-point overtime/shootout losses in the NHL. On the flip side, the Stars had the lowest number of home regulation losses of any NHL team that did not make the playoffs.The Stars prefer to look at their recent four points in a pair of extra-time road games as a good sign moving into the home portion of the schedule."This is how tough the league is," Stars head coach Rick Bowness said. "We could've gotten points in all four (road) games and we could've gone 0-4. That's how tough the league is. We'll take the .500."While Michael Raffl leads Dallas with two goals, Radek Faksa leads in points with four. Raffl scored a first-period goal against the Penguins on Tuesday, with Faksa assisting on the score.The 1-2-0 Kings had a promising start with an impressive 6-2 victory in the season opener at home against the Vegas Golden Knights, before a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild at home. Their first road game came Tuesday with a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.
Predators score twice in third period, overtake Kings
Tanner Jeannot scored the tiebreaking goal at 5:06 of the third period as the Nashville Predators rallied to defeat the visiting Los Angeles Kings 2-1 Tuesday night.Matt Duchene also scored and goaltender Juuse Saros made 25 saves for the Predators, who earned their first victory in three games this season.Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar scored his fifth goal of the campaign, tied with Detroit's Tyler Bertuzzi for the NHL lead. Goalie Calvin Petersen, who was celebrating his 27th birthday, stopped 29 of 31 of shots.In the first two periods, Petersen made 23 saves, including a penalty shot by Filip Forsberg, to keep the Predators off the scoresheet.Nashville tied it on the power play just 1:07 into the third.Defenseman Roman Josi intercepted a Los Angeles clearing attempt at the blue line and took a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle. The puck was knocked down by a scrum of players in front of the net, and following a scramble, squirted free to Duchene on the right wing. He fired the rebound over a sprawling Petersen.
Kings' Viktor Arvidsson ready for return to Nashville
When Viktor Arvidsson looked at the Los Angeles Kings' schedule, it didn't take long to find his first trip back to Nashville, where he played his first seven NHL seasons.Arvidsson, acquired by the Kings in an offseason trade for two draft picks, will return to the Music City on Tuesday night when the Kings play the Predators.Arvidsson, who has a goal and an assist through two games on the Kings' No. 1 line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown, said he speaks with some of his former teammates about "every other day."Will it be easier to get his return over with sooner rather than later?"I haven't thought about it that way," he said. "I'll go in there and be the player I am and show who I am and not think about it too much. For sure, it's going to be pretty special."Kings coach Todd McLellan has encountered this many times."We have a new player on our team, and we're going to his old city where he spent his whole career," McLellan said of Arvidsson. "I know our players are going to want to play hard for him. They want to reward him. I'm sure in Nashville they're going to recognize Arvy for what he gave them, which was some really good years."But it is pro sports. This happens often, and it'll happen again down the road with other players. But it can give you a boost and not just the individual that's going back but certainly the others."The addition of Arvidsson certainly has boosted the 34-year-old Kopitar, who was named the NHL's No. 1 star for the first week of the season, when he had four goals and three assists over two games. He had a hat trick in a 6-2 victory against Las Vegas and added a goal Saturday in a 3-2 loss to Minnesota.McLellan seems pleased with Arvidsson's assimilation into the top line.
Cam Talbot, Wild fend off Kings, 3-2
Cam Talbot started for the second straight night and made 29 saves to help the visiting Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.Talbot made 28 saves in a season-opening 2-1 win at Anaheim on Friday night.Frederick Gaudreau, Victor Rask and Ryan Hartman scored for the Wild, who rallied from a 1-0 second-period deficit for the second straight night.Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist to give him seven points (four goals, three assists) in the first two games. Viktor Arvidsson also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for the Kings.Kopitar traded passes coming down the ice with Drew Doughty before scoring off the skate of Wild defenseman Matt Dumba to cut the lead to 3-2 at 7:28 of the third period.Doughty had two assists to give him six points (one goal, five assists) in the first two games.The Wild played a scoreless opening period for the second straight night before falling behind 1-0 at 5:23 of the second.Dumba was in the penalty box when Kopitar took a slap shot from the top of the right circle. Talbot kicked out the save, but Arvidsson collected the rebound in the slot and went around the sprawled Talbot before scoring his first goal with Los Angeles.
Fresh off big opening win, Kings face recent nemesis Wild
The Los Angeles Kings haven't forgotten their dismal record against the Minnesota Wild last season, when they lost six of the eight meetings, and they won't bother making excuses.Instead, the Kings are focused on getting off to a good start against the Wild on Saturday night in Los Angeles.The Kings have already accomplished something they hadn't done since 2017-18, winning their season opener on Thursday night, a 6-2 victory against the visiting Vegas Golden Knights.The veterans led the way for the Kings. Anze Kopitar collected three goals and two assists, Drew Doughty added a goal and three assists, and Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist.Brown is in his 18th season, Kopitar his 16th and Doughty his 14th. They have spent their entire careers with the Kings.Now it's all about the Wild, who won their season opener on Friday night against the host Anaheim Ducks when Marcus Foligno scored with 7.2 seconds left for a 2-1 decision."Great win," said Wild forward Kevin Fiala, who also scored. "Character win."Foligno said of the decisive play, "I knew time's ticking down, so I didn't really want to move from the net. I thought I might have had more body position if I kind of did a spin-o-rama, and I just got lucky."Minnesota opened last season against the Kings and rallied from a 3-1 deficit inside an empty Staples Center to win 4-3 in overtime. The Wild repeated the same pattern two nights later in another 4-3 overtime victory.Minnesota beat the Kings 4-3 in yet another overtime game last season when Matt Dumba scored with 0.3 seconds left in Saint Paul, Minn.Of the two victories by the Kings against the Wild last season, one was a 4-0 rout in Minnesota's first game back following a two-week shutdown in February because of a team-wide COVID-19 outbreak.
Anze Kopitar's five points lead Kings to season-opening win over Knights
Anze Kopitar had three goals and two assists to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 6-2 win against the visiting Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.Drew Doughty had a goal and three assists, Dustin Brown added a goal and an assist, and Calvin Petersen made 23 saves for the Kings in their season opener.Kopitar is beginning his 16th season with the Kings, Doughty his 14th and Brown his 18th.Shea Theodore and Chandler Stephenson scored for Vegas, which opened its season with a 4-3 win against the visiting Seattle Kraken on Tuesday. Robin Lehner made 27 saves through the first two periods before he was replaced by Laurent Brossoit, who made 14 saves in the third.Kopitar completed the hat trick at 12:37 of the third period and set a franchise record for most points in a season opener.Jonathan Quick had started the previous 12 season openers for the Kings, but he served as the backup to Petersen on Thursday.Petersen made four saves in the first six minutes before Theodore scored at 9:00 of the first period when the puck ricocheted out to him above the right circle and he netted a one-timer for a 1-0 lead.Brown tied it 1-1 at 13:15 of the first when he took a pass from Doughty while cutting down the left side and converted his own rebound from a sharp angle.
Kings open season with 'tough matchup' vs. Golden Knights
The Los Angeles Kings have been looking up at the Vegas Golden Knights ever since the latter joined the NHL as an expansion team four years ago.The Kings hope to start making up ground when they host the Golden Knights in the Kings' season opener Thursday night in Los Angeles.Vegas reached the Stanley Cup Finals in its inaugural season of 2017-18 after sweeping the Kings in the first round. The Golden Knights qualified for the postseason each of the next three seasons as well.The Kings haven't returned to the playoffs since getting swept by Vegas, making their two Stanley Cup title runs in 2012 and 2014 seem like a distant memory."We have a tough matchup right off the bat against Vegas," said Los Angeles veteran defenseman Drew Doughty. "We've got to get a win there and get ourselves feeling good about where the team is going."Vegas made its season debut on Tuesday against the visiting Seattle Kraken, the newest NHL expansion team.The Golden Knights won 4-3."Nice to start with a win and get that momentum going," Vegas goalie Robin Lehner said. "That's what it's all about."The Golden Knights scored on two of their first three shots against Seattle and built a 3-0 lead before needing a tie-breaking goal by Chandler Stephenson at 8:33 of the third period to escape with the win.Stephenson's linemates also got off to excellent starts.Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist, and Mark Stone contributed three assists."Not a lot I need to do other than skate when playing with these two," Stephenson said of Pacioretty and Stone. "Nice to play with two All-Stars in my mind. Their names speak for themselves."There's a possibility the Golden Knights could get forwards Mattias Janmark and William Carrier back against the Kings after both missed the season opener. Janmark is in COVID-19 protocol and Carrier is in concussion protocol.
Kings place C Quinton Byfield (ankle) on IR
Los Angeles Kings center Quinton Byfield landed on injured reserve Wednesday, a day after breaking his left ankle.According to the team, the 19-year-old rookie will be sidelined indefinitely.Byfield got hurt in the final period of the Kings' 4-1 home preseason loss to the Coyotes when hit by Arizona's Christian Fischer. Byfield finished the night with two shots on goal.The second overall selection in the 2020 draft, Byfield made his NHL debut in April. He appeared in six games for Los Angeles last season, recording one assist and two penalty minutes while averaging 15:01 of ice time.He spent most of last season with the Kings' AHL affiliate in Ontario, Calif., recording eight goals and 12 assists in 32 games.
Reports: Kings G Cal Petersen gets 3-year, $15M extension
The Los Angeles Kings have signed goaltender Cal Petersen to a three-year, $15 million extension, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.Petersen, 26, was due to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The deal extends his stay with the Kings through the 2024-25 season.Petersen was 9-18-5 with a .911 save percentage and a 2.89 goals-against average in 35 appearances (32 starts) in 2020-21.
Kings sign C Phillip Danault to six-year deal
The Los Angeles Kings have signed free agent center and former first-round pick Phillip Danault to a six-year, $33 million contract.Danault, 28, is fresh off leading the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Final. He led all forwards in shorthanded time on ice and faceoff wins during the playoffs. He finished sixth in Selke Trophy voting this past season.Former Vancouver blueliner Alexander Edler also joined the Kings, agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million deal, ESPN reported.Danault tallied 24 points (five goals, 19 assists) in 53 games for the Habs this past season, his sixth in Montreal.