COLUMBUS, Ohio — Anze Kopitar and the Kings have put those slow starts behind them.
Kopitar broke a tie with 2:14 left with his second goal of the game, and Kings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 6-4, on Saturday night to remain the only NHL team unbeaten in regulation.
Kopitar also had an assist, Dustin Brown added a goal and three assists, and Jake Muzzin had a goal and two assists. Trevor Lewis, Drew Doughty also scored for the Kings, and Jonathan Quick stopped 32 shots.
At 6-0-1, the Kings are off to the best start in franchise history.
“The last three years
ANAHEIM — If only the sight of a deeply-pained Cam Fowler having to be helped off the ice didn’t exist, the Ducks would have reveled in a night of many firsts that ended with an opponent in total collapse.
A spirited three-goal first period segued into a horrific second to survive before the wild contest with Montreal morphed into free-for-all third, where the Ducks put away the woeful Canadiens with three goals in 97 seconds and took home a 6-2 victory before a sellout crowd at Honda Center.
There was enough drama to make a network executive blush but the lingering
ANAHEIM — Sami Vatanen has had a choice seat when it comes to watching the Ducks work with that they’ve got and what they don’t.
Who they’re starting to get back is what he feels will make a major difference.
“It’s a good sign that everybody starts to be healthy a little bit at a time so we can just do our things and go win some games,” said Vatanen, who himself is getting close to game duty after a full recovery from off-season shoulder surgery.
The Ducks are starting to look like the team they anticipated having when they gathered in the
ANAHEIM — At their game against the New York Islanders on Wednesday night at Honda Center, the Ducks recognized 20 Orange County residents who were either injured at the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas or first responders to the tragic event.
Many from Southern California were among the 58 murdered and 489 injured by a lone gunman in a Mandalay Bay hotel room who took aim at a large crowd attending the outdoor country music festival.
An announced crowd of 14,553 gave a standing ovation to those sitting in a Ducks-provided suite during a timeout in the second period.
EL SEGUNDO — Last season, the Kings were without Jonathan Quick for 59 games.
Surprisingly, they had a slightly better winning percentage without their two-time Stanley Cup champion goaltender than they did with him.
A groin injury in the first period of the 2016 season opener shelved Quick for the longest stretch of his career, giving the franchise a chance to see how another goalie would fare behind their defense, which is perennially one of the NHL’s best.
Peter Budaj, who had played in exactly 55 NHL games the previous four season combined, was Quick’s primary replacement last season. He finished fourth
Don’t etch the Ducks’ lineup in stone. Even what will be iced for Thursday’s opener against Arizona. Already, it’s impacted by injuries.
For one, Ryan Kesler won’t be in his usual second-line center spot for the first half of the season as he recovers from offseason hip surgery. Rickard Rakell has already moved to the middle but Patrick Eaves won’t be ready for the start. Ryan Getzlaf is also questionable for the opener and Ducks coach Randy Carlyle has toyed with Rakell centering Andrew Cogliano and Corey Perry on a re-formed top line.
By the start of November, Hampus Lindholm and
The Anaheim Ducks will return its core lineup including players such as Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and goalie John Gibson for a chance at another deep playoff run.
The Ducks won the Pacific Division title and made a deep run in the 2016 playoffs that concluded with a Game 6 loss in the Western Conference Finals series against the Nashville Predators.
To start the 2017-18 season the Ducks will be without Ryan Kesler, who is still recovering from hip surgery.