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Kings give up four goals in the third period and lose to St. Louis, 5-3
St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray had to do something about the crowd his son was hanging out with.

Trailing by two goals entering the third period, Murray and the Blues emerged from the locker room and rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Kings at Staples Center on Saturday.

Two goals by Dustin Brown and one by Mike Cammalleri had given the Kings a two-goal lead entering the third period, but Keith Tkachuk and David Backes scored within a 3:12 span early in the period to tie the game 3-3.


SoCal hockey fans make long trip to London
Some of the home-team fans in the NHL's season-opening series were a very long way from home.

"I've come all the way from Orange County for this," Kings fan Tony Gerlech said Sunday. "It's an added bonus to be here. I love London, but I'm definitely here for the hockey."


The Ducks get even with the Kings in London
On the last day of their European vacation, the Ducks found just the souvenir they were looking for.

Led by a three-point effort by winger Corey Perry the Ducks quickly reversed their fortunes in England, taking a 4-1 victory over the Kings on Sunday in the second of two contests at O2 Arena.

Ducks-Kings Notebook: Reunited Feels So Good
Facing the possibility of dropping the first two games of the season, with three tough road games to follow, the Ducks went back to a familiar look Sunday.


Kings rookie goalie Bernier shows he belongs
He went into training camp looking to prove he should be on the team, but Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier ended up doing a lot more than that.

Bernier found himself smack in the middle of the goal crease, making his professional debut as the Kings and Ducks ushered in the NHL season at the O2 Arena on Saturday.

The 19-year-old made 26 saves to backstop a 4-1 win for the Kings.

Kings upend Ducks in NHL season opener
The Royal Navy would be proud.

Arriving by boat with their cannons firing, the Kings quickly sank the Ducks, 4-1, in the opening game of the NHL season before a sellout crowd of 17,551 at O2 Arena on Saturday.

Mike Cammalleri had a pair of goals and 19-year-old goalie Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves for the Kings, who will try to sweep the two-game set in England when the teams meet again today.


Ducks, Kings eager to hit ice
Get it bloody going.

After a whirlwind training camp that was just slightly longer than their flight across the Atlantic Ocean, the Ducks and Kings are set to lead the NHL into its 90th season when they take the ice at the O2 Arena today.

The Southern California rivals will also face off again Sunday in what will be the first regular-season NHL games played in Europe.

Ducks' Pronger, Kings' Blake Will Wear 'C'
The Ducks will begin their defense of the Stanley Cup with a new captain.

Chris Pronger will wear the "C" on his jersey when the Ducks meet the Kings in the opening game of the NHL season at O2 Arena today. The Kings, meanwhile, chose Rob Blake as their captain Friday.

Pronger replaces Scott Niedermayer, who was the Ducks captain for the past two seasons but is contemplating retirement.


Kings are still a work in progress
The Kings are hoping they are on the road back to NHL respectability.

After journeying to the outer fringes of the Western Conference last season, the team will complete a unique trip through Europe this weekend before returning to what is hoped to be a well-planned advance in the NHL standings.

Rookies Johnson, Ryan have different roles
Jack Johnson is the Can't Miss Kid, a defenseman already talked about as a Calder Trophy winner (i.e., rookie of the year) even before the NHL's first puck of the season has been dropped.

Bobby Ryan is tantalizing potential personified, a right wing with soft hands and a nice scoring touch, but he went into the last week of training camp uncertain where he'd start the season.


Kings rally in tournament
Anze Kopitar scored three goals Tuesday to help the Los Angeles Kings rally for a 7-6 win over Red Bull Salzburg in an exhibition tournament.

The Austrian champions went ahead 3-0 in the opening four minutes, but Mike Cammalleri, Ladislav Nagy and Kopitar evened the score within 10 minutes. Kopitar added another goal on a power play later in the period.


Kings beat Avs in shootout, 3-2
Los Angeles rookie Jonathan Bernier stopped both shots he faced in a shootout, and Michael Cammalleri and Dustin Brown scored on their attempts to give the Kings a 3-2 exhibition victory over Colorado on Saturday night.

It was the final exhibition match for the Kings.


Avs hold off Kings' charge
Paul Stastny and T. J. Hensick scored in a 17-second span of the third period Wednesday night to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 6-3 exhibition victory over the Kings.

Stastny got his second goal and fourth point of the game at the 11:40 mark of the third period and Hensick added his third point of the game at 11:57.


Kings win in a shootout
Dustin Brown scored the deciding goal in the shootout to help the Kings beat the San Jose Sharks, 6-5, in an exhibition game on Tuesday.

The Kings had taken a two-goal lead early in the third period when Brown and Brady Murray each scored within a 3:12 span. Graham Mink quickly drew San Jose within a goal, scoring just 19 seconds after the goal by Murray.


New Ducks defender Mathieu Schneider is delighted to be back home
Ducks defenseman Mathieu Schneider is quite happy to be back in Southern California, but his return to the local hockey stage suffered a temporary setback Saturday.

Schneider suffered a right ankle sprain in the second period of the Ducks' 3-2 exhibition victory over the Kings at Staples Center. He will be reevaluated today.


Kings goalie Cloutier hopes hip injury was cause of last year's bad performance
Exhibition hockey can be about fresh starts, and that's just what goaltender Dan Cloutier is looking for.

There are plenty of issues for both the Kings and the Ducks to sort out in the preseason, but none of the potential problems facing the local NHL teams looms larger than the need for quality goaltending in Los Angeles.


Ducks, Kings face off
NHL: The SoCal teams begin the exhibition season tonight at Honda Center in Anaheim.

Are you ready for some hockey?

Days after opening their training camps, the Ducks and Kings will be jumping into NHL exhibition action with a 7 p.m. faceoff today at Honda Center.

It's unlikely the preseason matchup will create anything like the jubilant and triumphant outpouring that occurred following the Ducks' Stanley Cup-clinching victory in June, but a crowd of more than 15,000 is expected to greet the champs as they return to the ice.


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