Pre-season tournament features LA Kings

LA Kings head to Salzburg for pre season

27.09.2007
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Los Angeles Kings – Farjestad BK 4-3 (0:0, 2:3, 2:0)
SALZBURG, Austria – September 26 – Farjestad were only 46 seconds from a tournament deciding shootout, but MVP Anze Kopitar wanted none of it. The slick Slovenian scored the tournament winner at 19.14 of the third period to give the Los Angeles Kings the win in the Red Bulls Salute. Kopitar was sent free by Rob Blake, but sensational rookie goalie Jonas Gustavsson made the initial save. However, the rebound bounced off Kopitar and over a sprawling Gustavsson. Los Angeles were down 3-2 after two periods, but Mike Cammaleri scored on a great individual effort at 6.32 to make things even. Eero Somervuori, Emil Kaberg and Mathias Johansson had Farjestad's goals while Patrick O'Sullivan and Lubomir Visnovsky got the Kings going after the Swedes jumped to 2-0-lead in the second period. Los Angeles outshot Farjestad 47-32. Jonathan Bernier and Jason Labarbera shared the goaltending duties for LA.

Salzburg Red Bulls – HC Davos 5-3 (1:1, 1:1, 3:1) Farjestad BK – HC Davos 3-2 (0:1, 1:1, 1:0, 1:0)
SALZBURG, Austria – September 25 – Rookie Fabian Brunnstrom scored both goals for the Swedish giants, but they wouldn't have won without sensational goalie Christopher Heino-Lindberg. The former Montreal Canadiens draftee saved his team against the Swiss champions, who were the better team. Davos led 2-1 after two periods and dominated, creating many chances, but Heino-Lindberg stoned the Swiss forwards on several occasions. The game went to a shootout and Esa Pirnes scored the decisive goal in the seventh round to secure the final match-up with Los Angeles. This will be Farjestad's first game against an NHL-team since they lost 3-0 to Toronto in Stockholm in 2002. Brothers Marc and Dino Wieser scored the goals for Davos, which will play in the consolation game against Salzburg on Wednesday. SALZBURG, Austria – September 26 – Peter Guggisberg had all three of HC Davos' goals, but that was still not enough in the bronze medal game. Thomas Koch and Remi Royer broke a 2-2-tie in the third period to lead home team Red Bulls to a 5-3-win and a third place in the tournament. Dieter Kalt had two goals for the Austrians. Salzburg thus continued their domination of Swiss teams having earlier during the pre-season defeated top clubs ZSC Zurich Lions and HC Lugano.Salzburg Red Bulls – Los Angeles Kings 6-7 (3:4, 2:1, 1:2)SALZBURG, Austria – September 25 – Anze Kopitar was the savior for the NHL's L.A. Kings in the opening game of the Red Bulls Salute four-team tournament. The Slovenian forward scored three goals against the host Salzburg Red Bulls in Los Angeles' 7-6 victory. The win gave the Kings a spot in Wednesday's final against Farjestad (SWE). The home crowd watched in awe as the Austrian champions went ahead 3-0 in the first four minutes, but Mike Cammalleri, Ladislav Nagy and Kopitar evened the score within ten minutes. Kopitar added another goal on a power play later in the period. Derek Armstrong scored on a penalty, and Nagy and Kopitar secured victory for the Kings in the final ten minutes. Kings starting goalie Jason LaBarbera was sent to the bench after allowing three goals on four shots in the opening 3:18. He was replaced by J-S Aubin. Nagy scored the winning goal late in the third period and Kopitar added an insurance marker.

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