|ANA||0||0||1||(0 - 0)||1|
|LAK||1||1||2||(0 - 0)||4|
|KINGS 4, DUCKS 1|
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Bernier Wins Debut
He may have earned himself a regular starting job Saturday.
Bernier made 26 saves and staved off a late rally attempt from Anaheim as the Kings beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks 4-1 in the NHL's regular season opener.
Not a bad debut for a 19-year-old who came to training camp just hoping for a spot on the team.
"I don't think you could've expected a better game from a 19-year-old goaltender," Kings coach Marc Crawford said. "There was a lot of pressure tonight, and he looked like a really solid, solid goaltender. Not very many pucks bounced off of him, and he made a couple of great saves."
One came shortly after the Kings took a 3-0 lead on Mike Cammalleri's second power-play goal of the night early in the third period.
With Anaheim searching desperately for a goal, Corey Perry broke through two defenders in the Kings zone, but his shot from close range was calmly deflected by the rookie.
His shutout was spoiled with less than seven minutes to go, as Bobby Ryan took a rebound and backhanded it past a sprawling Bernier.
For Bernier, stepping from relative obscurity into the limelight didn't seem to cause any jitters -- even when his debut was delayed for 16 minutes because of a lighting malfunction.
"I wasn't nervous," said Bernier, surrounded by reporters in the Kings dressing room. "I just kept my focus. It was a long time I had to wait."
|PPG - Michael Cammalleri Wrist shot - ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky , Alex Frolov|
1 - 0 LAK
|PPG - Rob Blake Slapshot - ASST: Anze Kopitar , Dustin Brown|
2 - 0 LAK
|PPG - Michael Cammalleri Slapshot - ASST: Tom Preissing , Anze Kopitar|
3 - 0 LAK
|PPG - Bobby Ryan Slapshot - ASST: Chris Pronger , Francois Beauchemin|
3 - 1 LAK
|SHG - EN - Michal Handzus Tip-in - ASST: Patrick O'Sullivan|
4 - 1 LAK
|Todd Bertuzzi Holding against Brad Stuart|
|Anze Kopitar Holding against Shane Hnidy|
|Brad Stuart Hooking against Francois Beauchemin|
|Shane Hnidy Interference against Anze Kopitar|
|Rob Niedermayer Hooking against Michael Cammalleri|
|Todd Marchant Hooking against Anze Kopitar|
|Raitis Ivanans Holding against Brad May|
|Lubomir Visnovsky Holding against Todd Bertuzzi|
|Shane Hnidy Delaying the game|
|Shane Hnidy Boarding against Derek Armstrong|
|Raitis Ivanans Interference against George Parros|
|Rob Niedermayer Roughing against Jack Johnson|
|Jack Johnson Roughing against Rob Niedermayer|
|Chris Pronger Tripping against John Zeiler|
|Anze Kopitar Hooking against Ryan Getzlaf|
|Alex Frolov Tripping against Andy McDonald|
|Brad Stuart Cross checking against Todd Bertuzzi|
|Todd Marchant Boarding against John Zeiler|
|SA: 20||TOI: 58:27|
|Saves: 17||EV: 7 - 7|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 11|
|SV%: .850||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 27||TOI: 59:59|
|Saves: 26||EV: 15 - 15|
|PIM: 0||PP: 11 - 12|
|SV%: .963||SH: 0 - 0|