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Carey Price Hears Boos During Habs 4-0 Loss To The LA Kings

from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,

It’s been pretty rough for the franchise goaltender in the early going of this season, with the Canadiens stumbling out to their worst start to a season since WWII was in full swing; since the Chatanooga Choo Choo topped the charts; since Casablanca was playing in movie theatres; since…okay, you get the point. It’s rough and Price’s big contract—signed this past July—is still nearly a full calendar year away from kicking in.

It was particularly rough for Price on Thursday night, when he was mock-cheered with nearly 20 minutes remaining in a 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings....

Thursday marked the fifth time this season Price allowed at least four goals. He was handcuffed on the first one from Kings forward Andrian Kempe, beat clean on the second one just 11 seconds later, beat clean by a tremendous shot from Kings captain Anze Kopitar and left shaking his head on Kurtis MacDermid’s shot, which was tipped by Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw some 50 feet away from his net.

Did Price hear the taunts that came shortly after?

"Sure," he said. "I don’t have anything to say about it. It’s been done before, it’ll be done again."


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Video- Jonathan Quick Pulled Briefly For Concussion Protocol

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Jonathan Quick was briefly removed from Monday’s game because an NHL concussion spotter noticed he had exhibited signs of a potential head injury, but the Los Angeles Kings goaltender returned to the game moments later without undergoing concussion protocol.

Confusion around the league’s handling of suspected head injuries has resurfaced.

"I don’t know. You’ll have to ask the league," said a frustrated Quick, when asked to explain the incident immediately after the Kings’ 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs....

The Los Angeles bench was notified through headset communication by the league’s neutral spotter that Quick needed to be removed from the game, according to Kings head coach John Stevens. The league office had apparently looked into the play where he got bumped and deemed it worth of a mandatory evaluation.

The independent "central spotters" who monitor the games are looking for visible signs of a potential concussion such as suspicious movement, reaching for the head or poor motor skills.

"He didn’t want to come out. He felt fine," Stevens said.

Quick began to walk down the tunnel to the dressing room but turned around and returned to the bench.


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NHL China Games All Access Program

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NEW YORK (Sept. 29, 2017) – The Los Angeles Kings’ and Vancouver Canucks’ historic journey through Beijing and Shanghai for the first-ever NHL preseason games played in China as part of the 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging will be chronicled in NHL CHINA GAMES ALL ACCESS, a 30-minute behind-the-scenes television special produced by NHL Original Productions. NHL CHINA GAMES ALL ACCESS premieres in Canada on Sportsnet on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 9 p.m. ET and in the U.S. on NHL Network on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m. ET. In addition, the special will air on NBCSN on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. ET and on TVA Sports on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

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The China Games Are Complete


added 7:53am, Game highlights are below...

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A Yawner In China

from Nathan VanderKlippe of the Globe and Mail,

When the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings showed up at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai for a practice earlier this week, they found an ice sheet shrouded in fog, as cold air inside the arena mixed with the city's humid air to create a scene a few wry fans likened to a horror movie.

By Thursday night, the mist had been vanquished by 25 specially installed dehumidifiers. But as players lined up for the Chinese national anthem, the NHL's Shanghai problems weren't quite over. This time, they came from the stands, where several yawning sections of empty seats looked down on a 5-2 Kings win.

"Personally, I think the NHL blew it," said Phil Esposito, the hockey legend who has become a kind of unofficial ambassador for the game in China.

"You have got to promote. This game tonight – I looked in the papers," he said in an interview before play began. "There wasn't a goddamn word about it. Not one word."


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Video- LA And Vancouver Mascots Explain Penalties To The People Of China

They forgot slashing and faceoff violation!


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The “First Step” In China

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The kids skated out in full uniform and lined up in the corners. Two days ago, they mobbed the Los Angeles Kings for autographs after practice and learned from some of their alumni at a hockey clinic. Now they greeted the Kings and Vancouver Canucks before the first NHL game ever played in their country.

They slapped gloves with the players as they came out, lined up on the blue lines with them for the Chinese national anthem, then took off their skates and helmets and headed up to the third level of Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Still in full uniform, waving rally towels, taking pictures with their smartphones, sitting on the edges of their seats, they watched the Kings' 5-2 preseason win Thursday in the 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging. Until now, they had never seen an NHL game live, never experienced the skill, the speed, the size.

"They skate one step," said Marco Huo, 8, "and for me, I have to skate five steps."

This was a first step for the NHL.


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The China Games

Game times in ET are- 9/21/17 at 7:30am and 9/23/17 at 3:30am.

HANGHAI (Sept. 19) – The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks are set to face off in the first-ever preseason games played in China in the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging. On Sept. 21, the Kings will play host to the Canucks in Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena at 7:30 p.m. (China Standard Time). The game in Shanghai will be broadcast on NBCSN in the United States, Sportsnet in Canada and CCTV in China. The clubs will travel to Beijing to play the second preseason contest at Wukesong Arena on Sept. 23, where the Canucks will play host to the Kings at 3:30 p.m. (China Standard Time). The game in Beijing will be broadcast on Sportsnet in Canada, NHL Network™ in the United States and CCTV in China. 

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Ready For Some Hockey In Shanghai

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika and Lisa Dillman of NHL.com,

SHANGHAI -- One day last season, LA Kings defenseman Alec Martinez broke some news to his teammates as one of their NHL Players' Association representatives.

"I remember him saying something like, 'The NHL wants us to go to China,'" goaltender Jeff Zatkoff said. "I think initially everyone was like, 'Man, that's a long ways to go for a couple of games.' But I think once it came out that we were going, everyone was like, 'This is going to be a cool experience.'"

Well, it certainly is a long ways to go for a couple of games.

The Kings took off from L.A. at 2 p.m. on Sunday, flew for 13 1/2 hours and 6,500 miles, and landed in Shanghai at 6:30 p.m. local time Monday. Then they cleared customs and took a bus to their hotel.

They play preseason games against the Vancouver Canucks at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on Thursday (7:30 a.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports) and Wukesong Arena in Beijing on Saturday (3:30 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports) in the 2017 China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging.

But as unusual as this might be for an NHL road trip, it isn't that unusual for the coaches and players. Europeans are used to long travel coming to North America. Many North Americans have played internationally. Lots of players have been on buses in juniors and the minors.


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Anze Kopitar Knows He Needs To Be Better This Season

from Lisa Dillman of NHL.com,

An uneasy fall turned into an unsettled winter, a spring without the Stanley Cup Playoffs and a management and coaching change for the LA Kings.

Their captain, center Anze Kopitar, had never experienced such a prolonged personal struggle on the ice, at any age. It stung when the Kings missed the playoffs for the second time in the past three seasons.

"I had periods, at a time, where it didn't go [right]," said Kopitar, who turned 30 on Aug. 24. "It's not even close to having a full season like that. It's different and you get to know yourself and you see what you've got to do. I definitely learned from it.

"Once you go in the wrong direction, it's really tough to stop it first and then get going again. I don't think my start was all that poor. It wasn't great but it wasn't a complete disaster. After a while the pucks weren't going where I wanted them to go, and you start thinking about it."


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