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Anze Kopitar scores go-ahead goal, Quick backstops LA Kings to 2-1 preseason win over Anaheim

Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 1:15 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Anze Kopitar scores go-ahead goal, Quick backstops LA Kings to 2-1 preseason win over Anaheim

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Anze Kopitar scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves in the Los Angeles Kings' 2-1 preseason victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.

Justin Williams had a power-play goal and an assist for the Kings, who beat their Southern California rivals twice in the preseason.

Hampus Lindholm scored a power-play goal and Viktor Fasth stopped 31 shots for the Ducks.

Kopitar put the Kings ahead on a give-and-go with Dwight King, chipping the puck past Fasth for his second preseason goal. Los Angeles is hoping for a bounce-back season from Kopitar, who led the Kings in scoring last year despite the lowest goals-per-game and shots-per-game averages of his career.

Willie Mitchell played his second preseason game for the Kings in his comeback from two serious knee surgeries. The veteran defenceman missed all of last season.

Lindholm scored his third goal of an impressive preseason just 6:09 in. The 19-year-old Swedish defenceman was the sixth overall pick by the Ducks in 2012.

Williams scored on a power play late in the second period, rattling a shot into the cage behind Fasth after a pass from Alec Martinez.

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