NHL Hockey

Kings top Canucks in first game in China

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SHANGHAI (AP) A golden dragon was held aloft on poles by skaters. Kobe Bryant appeared on video. NHL mascots gave the crowd a primer on what this odd game is all about.

NHL preseason hockey made its debut in China - a 5-2 victory by the Los Angeles Kings over the Vancouver Canucks - in a step by the league to crack an immense market.

The fans in Shanghai got a fast and physical display Thursday - 17 power plays and 57 shots on goal, all met with loud cheers. Each hard check drew a collective "oooh" or "aaah."

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Goals
Rank Player G
1 S. Crosby, Pit44
2t N. Kucherov, TB40
2t A. Matthews, Tor40
4t B. Marchand, Bos39
4t V. Tarasenko, StL39
6 J. Skinner, Car37
7 P. Laine, Wpg36
8t C. Atkinson, Cls35
8t M. Pacioretty, Mon35
10t P. Kane, Chi34
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Save Percentage
Rank Player Sv%
1 S. Bobrovsky, Cls.931
2 J. Howard, Det.927
3 C. Anderson, Ott.926
4 B. Holtby, Was.925
5 J. Gibson, Anh.924
6 S. Darling, Chi.924
7 D. Dubnyk, Min.923
8 M. Murray, Pit.923
9 C. Price, Mon.923
10 A. Nilsson, Buf.923
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