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Smith-Pelly helps Ducks beat Kings 4-3 in shootout to clinch top seed in Western Conference

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 1:45 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Smith-Pelly helps Ducks beat Kings 4-3 in shootout to clinch top seed in Western Conference

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Devante Smith-Pelly scored his first goal in regulation since Halloween, then got the only goal in the shootout as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 Saturday night to secure the top seed for the Western Conference playoffs.

Nick Bonino and Matt Beleskey also scored in regulation and Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots for the Ducks, who will face Dallas in the opening round of the post-season.

Anze Kopitar had two goals, including the tying on with 3:12 left in the third period, and Dustin Brown also scored for Los Angeles. The Kings fell short of getting their franchise-record 47th win in their regular-season finale.

Both local rivals scored in the final 5 minutes of regulation, and Smith-Pelly then beat Jonathan Quick in the fourth round of the shootout.

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