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More Than 7,500 Watch Ducks Prospects Fall to Kings in SoCal Hockey Futures Game

Saturday, 09.7.2013 / 8:14 PM PT / News
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More Than 7,500 Watch Ducks Prospects Fall to Kings in SoCal Hockey Futures Game
Rakell scored the only Ducks goal on the night, flipping in a rebound in the first period.
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By Adam Brady
AnaheimDucks.com

Ducks fans clearly craving the return of hockey -- any hockey -- poured into Honda Center to see Anaheim prospects take on a team of Kings youngsters in tonight's So Cal Hockey Futures Game.

A crowd of more than 7,500 saw the Kings roll to a 6-1 victory on the strength of two goals apiece from wingers Tanner Pearson and Andy Andreoff.

Game tickets and parking were free to all fans, many of whom lined up outside Honda Center well before game time to secure the best seats.

Ducks 2011 first round pick Rickard Rakell opened the scoring 9:44 into the game, as the 20-year-old lifted in a rebound that leaked just in front of Kings goalie J.F. Beruba.

"We had a good play in the neutral zone, Emmer [Emerson Etem] did a good move in the corner, and Stevie [Steven Whitney] shot it on net," Rakell said. "I just found the puck and it bounced right in front of me and the net was wide open.

"I thought I had some good shifts, but I’m not happy with how the whole game played out. I think I have more to prove."

The Kings came roaring back after Rakell's goal, starting with the first of two Andy Andreoff goals with 6:19 left in the first, a wrist shot from the slot that beat Ducks netminder Frederik Andersen. Andreoff was taken in the third round of the 2011 draft by LA.

Pearson (taken by LA with the 30th pick of the 2012 draft) gave the Kings a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal four minutes into the second, deflecting a shot past Andersen.

Andersen (taken by Anaheim in the third round of the 2012 draft) had 25 saves on the night. "Personally, I thought it was nice getting some game action again," he said. "It’s been a long summer and everyone has worked hard to get back on the ice. The positive is we came out pretty good in the first period, and then I felt like we took our foot off the gas a little bit. They got the initiative and that’s what happened towards the end of the game, too."

The young Kings all but put the game away with two early ones in the third. Just a half-minute into the period, Nicolas Deslauriers gave the Kings a two-goal lead with a shot that trickled through the pads of new Ducks goalie Igor Bobkov and just over the goal line.

Pearson tallied his second of the game soon afterward, beating Bobkov through the pads from the left circle.

With 4:19 left in the third, Andreoff picked off an errant pass and beat Bobkov from the slot to make it 5-1 Kings. LA added a sixth goal with 2:43 left, as Colin Miller took advantage of a lucky bounce off the glass and whipped it home.

The Ducks did get a small victory after the game, edging the Kings in a prearranged shootout as Devante Smith-Pelly has the only goal with a nice backhander top shelf.

"I thought it was pretty fast, coming from the Western [Hockey] League," said Ducks defenseman Shea Theodore, taken in the first round of last June's draft. "It was a pretty good pace, but I felt like I held up pretty well. It was good to get those first few shifts out of the way and get the flow of the game going."

Said Rakell about the crowd: "It was really fun to see. Even though L.A. scored a couple goals, they were still loud and cheered us on."

The Ducks and Kings prospects will face off again two nights from now at the Kings' practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo (6 p.m. start).

"A lot of these kids never played a pro game. To see them in front of 7,000 people, I thought it was a great experience for them," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau, who wasn't on the bench for the game as the team was led by the staff of AHL affiliate Norfolk. "It’s the first game for a lot of them putting a Ducks jersey on. Sometimes you practice and you think you’re doing well, and you realize the bar has got to be raised higher. They’ll be better the next game."

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
11 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 49 5 35 9 40
C. Perry 53 21 17 -4 38
R. Rakell 50 13 15 -3 28
R. Kesler 53 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 53 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 47 8 10 2 18
J. Silfverberg 53 6 12 -2 18
A. Cogliano 53 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 52 6 8 -6 14
C. Fowler 40 3 9 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 6 .920 2.30
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13

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