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Utahn Trevor Lewis dishes out two assists in homecoming as Kings beat Canucks in high-scoring contest

FILE: Los Angeles Kings’ Trevor Lewis warms up before a preseason NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in Los Angeles.
Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

SALT LAKE CITY — For the second year in a row, Vivint Arena switched out its usual basketball court for ice and welcomed the NHL.

With 10,014 hockey fans turning out to watch professional hockey in Utah, the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks didn’t disappoint, treating fans to a high-scoring affair that featured 12 goals in a 7-5 Kings win.

“It was a lot of scoring and a lot of chances out there. We’re definitely happy to get the win,” Utah native and Kings center Trevor Lewis said.

The Kings, still finding their footing under new head coach Todd McLellan, had an offensive explosion.

“I think, a new coach here, he came in with a new system and it takes a little bit of time to get it down, but we’re slowly starting to get it and you’re starting to see it pay off a little bit — more offensive zone time and more offensive zone chances. It was good to get some goals on the board,” Lewis said.

Two local players, Daniel Brickley and Lewis, are on the Kings roster. Lewis started the game and Brickley did not play. Lewis finished with two assists in front of his hometown crowd, with friends and family in attendance.

“It’s great. Any time you can get points and your team wins, it’s a great feeling,” Lewis said.

Lewis enjoyed playing in front of the Salt Lake crowd and praised the Utah hockey community.

“It was awesome. There were a lot of people here again. Looking up and seeing my family up there, it was pretty cool,” Lewis said. “I think anywhere you go, the hockey community is really tight, and it’s no different here. Pretty much all of my friends still here are kids I grew up playing hockey with. It’s a very tight group and it’s really growing here and hopefully this helps, too.”

Saturday night’s game opened with a breakneck speed.

Just 3:25 into the opening period, Los Angeles’s Jaret Anderson-Dolan opened scoring, pushing the puck into the goal in the middle of a scrum. Vancouver’s first goal of the game came four minutes later, when Adam Gaudette found the back of the net off of an assist from Alexander Edler.

The Canucks took their first lead of the game on a breakaway goal from Tyler Graovac, who wristed it past the Kings’ goalie. Vancouver’s lead would be short-lived as the Kings took back the lead just nine seconds later as Michael Amadio slotted it past the Vancouver goalie to tie the game up at 2-2. Amadio had his second goal of the evening five minutes later with a goal from the right-hand face-off spot and the Kings had the lead back.

The second period was a breather from the furious scoring pace of the first period. Los Angeles scored its third straight goal on a Ben Hutton strike. Hutton was assisted by Lewis.

Lewis contributed his second assist of the night in the third period, feeding Alec Martinez for a 5-2 lead before the Canucks struck back with a goal from Tanner Pearson. Just seconds later, Josh Leivo found the back of the net on a breakaway to pull Vancouver within one goal. Martin Frk scored a breakaway goal of his own, increasing the Kings’ lead to 6-4. Los Angeles scored yet another goal as an Anderson-Dolan converted his second goal of the contest as his shot careened off of a Vancouver player’s skate and into the net.

Gaudette found the back of the net for the Canucks for the second time with less than a minute left in the game, making it a 7-5 final score.