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Kings 8, Ducks 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Kings 8, Ducks 3
Anaheim Ducks 3, Los Angeles Kings 8

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With roughly two weeks left until the regular season, the Los Angeles Kings are hoping their power play is as good as it looked Tuesday night.

The Anaheim Ducks are really hoping their defense is a whole lot better than it appeared.

Jack Johnson had two goals and an assist, Anze Kopitar added four assists and the Kings routed their crosstown rivals 8-3 in an exhibition game.

Ryan Smyth, captain Dustin Brown, Andrei Loktionov, Wayne Simmonds and Michal Handzus each had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who lit up the Ducks' rebuilt defense and backup goalie Curtis McElhinney. Kyle Clifford also scored and Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for the Kings, who scored four power-play goals.

Los Angeles coach Terry Murray rolled out his top players even after taking a multigoal lead, concentrating on perfecting the power-play prowess that got the Kings back to the playoffs last spring after an eight-year absence.

"There were good things happening deep in the offensive zone," Murray said. "Scoring on the power play is part of the game you have to get going. You don't normally get a lot of practice time in that area, and to get some results on that really reinforces what the coaching staff is trying to get to."

Todd Marchant scored two goals for the Ducks, who got 34 saves from McElhinney. Dan Sexton and Marchant scored 40 seconds apart late in the third period after Los Angeles had taken a seven-goal lead.

Anaheim knows it could struggle defensively after captain Scott Niedermayer retired in the offseason and newcomer Toni Lydman was sidelined indefinitely by an eye injury before training camp. Coach Randy Carlyle didn't expect something like this thrashing, though.

"We just had a terrible night," Carlyle said. "We didn't do anything to start, or to build on. You would almost think we never practiced a defensive zone coverage when you watched us tonight."

Los Angeles scored just six goals in its first three exhibitions combined, but the power-play unit led by star defensemen Drew Doughty and Johnson clicked from the start against Anaheim.

The Kings outshot the Ducks 23-7 and took a 4-0 lead in the first period, battering McElhinney from every angle. After Brown got Los Angeles' opening late in a two-man advantage, Simmonds added another power-play score 38 seconds later.

Doughty and Johnson were on the ice for both scores, picking right up where they left off as a brutally effective power-play duo in last season's playoffs against Vancouver.

Marchant scored early in the second, but Handzus tapped home a loose puck back later in the period for another power-play goal. The Kings then scored three straight goals in the third period, including Johnson's second score for the top power play unit.

Enforcers George Parros and Kevin Westgarth fought to a draw in the second period, with the two Princeton alumni tumbling to the ice together and getting up to continue the fight in one fluid motion. Westgarth is expected to make the Kings' roster after racking up 25 points and 180 penalty minutes in the AHL last season.

Kings prospect Brayden Schenn and Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa also had an entertaining fight in the final minutes. The tussle was a rematch of a memorable bout between the two in juniors.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:32
LAK
PPG - Dustin Brown (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jack Johnson (1), Anze Kopitar (1)
1 - 0 LAK
08:10
LAK
PPG - Wayne Simmonds (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Michal Handzus (1)
2 - 0 LAK
12:03
LAK
Ryan Smyth (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Willie Mitchell (1), Anze Kopitar (2)
3 - 0 LAK
17:32
LAK
Jack Johnson (1) Slapshot - ASST: Justin Williams (1), Brad Richardson (1)
4 - 0 LAK
2nd Period
03:12
ANA
Todd Marchant (1) Wrap-around - ASST: George Parros (1), Josh Green (1)
4 - 1 LAK
12:20
LAK
PPG - Michal Handzus (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Dustin Brown (1), Drew Doughty (1)
5 - 1 LAK
3rd Period
08:41
LAK
Andrei Loktionov (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Smyth (1), Anze Kopitar (3)
6 - 1 LAK
09:00
LAK
Kyle Clifford (1) Tip-in - ASST: Wayne Simmonds (1), Davis Drewiske (1)
7 - 1 LAK
13:12
LAK
PPG - Jack Johnson (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Anze Kopitar (4), Andrei Loktionov (1)
8 - 1 LAK
17:00
ANA
Dan Sexton (1) Slapshot - ASST: Andy Sutton (1)
8 - 2 LAK
17:40
ANA
Todd Marchant (2) Tip-in - ASST: George Parros (2), Josh Green (2)
8 - 3 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
05:48
ANA
Corey Perry  Slashing  - 2 min against  Jack Johnson
06:28
ANA
Andy Sutton  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
19:23
LAK
Brad Richardson  Hooking  - 2 min against  Saku Koivu
2nd Period
06:16
LAK
Kevin Westgarth  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  George Parros
06:16
ANA
George Parros  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Kevin Westgarth
10:53
ANA
Cam Fowler  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Dustin Brown
13:12
LAK
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Slashing  - 2 min against  Corey Perry
15:49
ANA
Maxime Macenauer  Tripping  - 2 min against  Anze Kopitar
3rd Period
01:14
ANA
Andy Sutton  Holding  - 2 min against  Anze Kopitar
06:28
ANA
Saku Koivu  Tripping  - 2 min against  Justin Williams
12:49
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Charging  - 2 min against  Michal Handzus
15:59
LAK
Drew Doughty  Roughing  - 2 min against  Bobby Ryan
15:59
ANA
Bobby Ryan  Roughing  - 2 min against  Drew Doughty
15:59
LAK
Drew Doughty  Roughing  - 2 min against  Bobby Ryan
15:59
ANA
Bobby Ryan  Roughing  - 2 min against  Drew Doughty
18:49
ANA
Luca Sbisa  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Brayden Schenn
18:49
LAK
Brayden Schenn  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Luca Sbisa
19:02
LAK
Jake Muzzin  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Corey Perry
goalie stats
Curtis McElhinney
SA: 42TOI: 59:54
GA: 8SV%: .810
Jonathan Quick
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
GA: 3SV%: .889