LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings “varsity” faced the Anaheim Ducks “junior varsity” team in pre-season action at Staples Center on Sunday night, but the results were not what you would expect, as the Ducks were dominant from start to finish, handing the Kings a 3-1 defeat.
Indeed, the Ducks dressed veterans Andrew Cogliano, Jason Blake, and Lubomir Visnovsky, but they surrounded them with young prospects.
Nowhere to be found were the likes of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan, or Teemu Selanne.
Nevertheless, the Ducks outworked and outhustled the listless, out of sync Kings throughout, and put the game away with three second period goals by Kyle Palmieri, Andrew Gordon and Patrick Maroon, the latter two coming just twelve seconds apart, and with less than one minute left in the period.
Center prospect Andrei Loktionov scored on a breakaway at 5:43 of the third period to prevent the sluggish Kings from being shutout.
Jason Deslauriers made 32 saves in goal for Anaheim to get the win, while Jonathan Quick allowed three goals on 18 shots in a losing effort.
The Kings were 0-for-6 on the power play.
During the game, the Kings announced their second set of training camp roster cuts:
Assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League
Andy Andreoff – LW
Nicolas Deslauriers – D
Martin Jones – G
Ray Kaunisto – LW
David Kolomatis – D
Brandon Kozun – RW
Patrick Mullen – D
Linden Vey – RW
Assigned To Junior Team
Raw audio interviews
(Extraneous material and dead air have been removed)
Simon Gagne (2:35)
Terry Murray (5:21)
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