CANADA TALKS ABOUT THE KINGS’ OPENING NIGHT VICTORY

Before I forget, happy 40th anniversary Vancouver Canucks. Thanks for inviting us. Sorry to ruin your party.

Now, here is what the Canadian media had to say about last night’s game. Click on each link for the full article.

VANCOUVER – Turning 40 is never easy, as the Vancouver Canucks demonstrated Saturday night.

The Canucks’ 40th birthday party started out with a bang at Rogers Arena when the team named Henrik Sedin its new captain in an emotional pre-game ceremony. And for most of the night, it looked like it might end well, too.

But just like they did 40 years ago, the Los Angeles Kings ruined what was supposed to be a feel-good evening for the Canucks.

Justin Williams forced overtime with a power-play goal late in the third period and the Kings got shootout goals from Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson as they beat the Canucks 2-1 in the regular season-opener for both teams.

“Obviously, it was a hard-fought game both ways and it came down to a shootout,” said Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo. “When we get into those types of situations it can go either way and unfortuantely it didn’t go our way tonight. It was a playoff type atmosphere tonight and a fun game to be a part of.”

Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER – Not only did the Vancouver Canucks spoil his playoff dream last spring but there was Anze Kopitar sitting in the dressing room Saturday night with a mouthful of stitches.

His face might have been numb but the Los Angeles Kings’ centre said there was no feeling of revenge or vindication after helping his youthful club to a 2-1 NHL shootout win.

“It was more of a boost for (Sunday), to get off to a good start to the season with the win, getting the confidence with the young guys coming into the league,” said Kopitar, who came back from a high stick to score the decisive shootout goal.

“I’m sure they feel a little better after a win than they would after a loss.”

Metro News

VANCOUVER — Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson scored shootout goals Saturday night as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in the NHL season-opener for both clubs.

Kopitar deked and beat Canuck netminder Roberto Luongo on the backhand before Johnson scored with a shot to the stick side. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made Mason Raymond miss and blocked Ryan Kesler’s shot.

Luongo was solid with six saves as the Canucks had to kill a 4-on-3 power play in overtime.

He was particularly sharp as Kings sniper Kopitar and Drew Doughty fired from the face-off circles. One puck hit Canuck defender Dan Hamhuis and glanced off the post.

The teams forged a 1-1 regulation tie by converting power-play chances.

Justin Williams evened the score for the Kings with 4:05 remaining in the third period when he backhanded a loose puck behind Luongo.

The Vancouver goalie got a glove on a shot by Michael Handzus while Ryan Kesler was serving an interference penalty but failed to control the puck, leaving the shot open for Williams.

Sportsnet

The Los Angeles Kings spoiled the Vancouver Canucks’ opening night, just as they did 40 years ago.

After a lengthy pre-game ceremony commemorating Vancouver’s 40th season in the NHL, Jack Johnson scored the shootout winner and Jonathan Quick made 23 saves as the Kings beat the Canucks 2-1 in their home opener Saturday.

Los Angeles did the same thing 40 years ago during Vancouver’s debut in the NHL, beating the Canucks 3-1 that night.

Just as they did during a close first-round series (which the Canucks won 4-2) in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, the Kings played Vancouver tight throughout the contest Saturday, which saw both goals scored on the man advantage in regulation time.

Christian Ehrhoff gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead at 11:58 of the second, and for a while it looked like that was all the scoring Vancouver needed, as Roberto Luongo turned away everything Los Angeles threw at him.

But with four minutes to go, Justin Williams scored to even the contest after Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler took a late interference penalty.

“They booted us out of our ultimate dream last year and we kind of spoiled their opening night here tonight and we’re happy for that,” Williams said.

CBC

GO KINGS!



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4 replies

  1. This was a good game, because the Kings did what all aspiring champions do…they found a way to win. It wasn’t pretty, they were stitched up at the end (at least Kopi was) but when they turned out the lights we went home with two points and they only went home with one. They found a way to win, and they won it. The longest march begins with the first step, and that step got taken. Brayden Schenn took that first step. Jake Muzzin took that first step. Kyle Clifford took that first step. Kevin Westgarth took that first step. They can all say that they won the first NHL game that they played in. They can all say they beat the Canucks.

    GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Brayden may have take a few steps.

  3. I think the kids looked good last night – defense was tenacious and but for some nervous moments against an excellent scoring team like Vancouver, they showed a lot of moxie. That late game goal might prove to be a glimpse into the team’s effort to change the habit they had last year of burning out in the last five minutes.

    Quick played great, looked cool as a purple Popsicle with ears. Schenn looked great, Anzi played with a lot of heart, and Williams came through. Muzzin played nervous, telegraphing a few passes through the slot. Simmons was quiet, as was Brown, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t working. Kings are again the youngest team in the NHL, but the core know what it is they lacked last year. A victory in Vancouver to begin the season sets the tone – the future isn’t going to make itself. Tight defense, timely scoring, and a bitter edge that convinces opponents that it’s no fun playing the Kings…

    • Great comments. Welcome to the site. The kids played a mature and intelligent game. Quick’s control and balance all night was exceptional. If I had to pick on two players, it would only be Drewiske and Stoll. The latter needs to get those shots on net. The former must settle down when handling the puck in the corners.

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