ANAHEIM, Calif. - Alexander Frolov netted a pair of goals to lead the Los Angeles Kings over the Ducks 3-2 on Sunday at Honda Center.
Ryan Getzlaf and Todd Marchant tallied for Anaheim which suffered only its third defeat in regulation this season. The Ducks now stand at 20-3-6 with 46 points and remain the top team in the NHL standings.
"They deserved to win," said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer. "They were skating and played a good hockey game. There's no question we didn't do the things we wanted to do for most of the game. Some of that credit goes to the opposition. They played hard. We didn't respond well. There's no question we can be better, but they played well."
The Ducks and Kings traded first period power play goals to begin the scoring.
Getzlaf, who has tallied four goals in his last five games, gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead at 7:00 of the first period. Defenseman Chris Pronger and Getzlaf were set up on their off shot at the point on the power play. Pronger faked a slap shot and dished a soft pass to Getzlaf who rocketed a one-timer past LA netminder Dan Cloutier for his 12th goal of the season.
Anaheim took four minor penalties in the first period after their opening tally and Los Angeles capitalized on their fourth, a cross checking minor to Chris Pronger at 17:10.
Sean Avery worked to disrupt an Anaheim clearing attempt along the half wall and kept the puck inside the Ducks' zone. Lubomir Visnovsky grabbed the loose puck and set up Frolov for a one-timer inside the left face off circle. Frolov's goal was his team-leading 15th of the season.
Los Angeles took the lead at 9:25 of the second period. After a turnover in front of the Ducks net, Derek Armstrong managed to get a backhand past Bryzgalov to give the Kings a 2-1 lead.
Bryzgalov had to leave the contest at the 7:26 mark of the third period after suffering an apparent injury after making a save on Frolov. He was replaced by JS Giguere.
Frolov netted what would be the game winner at 18:44 of the third. Avery got a pass to Frolov alone in front of the Anaheim net and the Kings' winger beat Giguere for his second goal of the game to give LA a 3-1 lead.
Marchant made it 3-2 late in the third period with his seventh goal of the season at 19:22. Marchant drove home the rebound of a Dustin Penner shot to get the Ducks within a goal.
"I don't think we played desperate enough until late in the hockey game and that's was the difference," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "They were a more desperate hockey team to start and it seemed like we got frustrated with it and didn't react in the proper way. There aren't too many times you can say that about this group, but tonight was one of those nights."
The Ducks next face the Nashville Predators on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Honda Center.
GAME LOG - FINAL
20:00 - END OF GAME - ANA 29, LA 41
20:00 - ANA PEN - Teemu Selanne is issued a 10:00 misconduct penalty.
19:22 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TODD MARCHANT (7). Marchant bangs home a rebound to cut the LA lead to 3-2 with 37.7 seconds remaining in the game.
18:44 - LOS ANGELES GOAL - ALEXANDER FROLOV (16). Frolov gets a feed from Sean Avery in front of JS Giguere and beats the Anaheim netminder for his second goal of the game to give LA a 3-1 lead.
7:26 - JS Giguere replaces Ilya Bryzgalov after Bryzgalov apparently injured himself making a save on Alexander Frolov.
1:58 - LA PEN - Brian Willsie goes off for high sticking. Anaheim goes on their third power play - they are 1-for-2 today.
0:00 - The third period has begun. LA starts with 25 seconds remaining on their eighth power play.
20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD. SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 7-14, LA 14-30
18:25 - ANA PEN - Todd Marchant gets called for hooking. LA is 1-for-7 on the power play tonight.
10:52 - ANA PEN - Rob Niedermayer goes off for high sticking. The Kings will have 1:36 of a two-man advantage.
10:28 - ANA PEN - Dustin Penner is whistled for high sticking. LA goes on their sixth power play. The Kings are 1-for-5 with the man advantage today.
9:25 - LOS ANGELES GOAL - DEREK ARMSTRONG (5). After a turnover in front of the Anaheim net, Armstrong beats Bryzgalov with a backhand. The lone assist goes to Raitis Ivanans.
4:01 - ANA PEN - Joe DiPenta takes a hooking minor. LA goes on their fifth power play - they are 1-for-4 in the game.
0:00 - The second period in under way at Honda Center.
20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD - SHOTS: ANA 7, LA 16
18:11 - LOS ANGELES GOAL - POWER PLAY - ALEXANDER FROLOV (15). Frolov beats Ilya Bryzgalov with a one-timer from the left face off circle on the power play to tie the contest 1-1. Assists go to Lubomir Visnovsky and Sean Avery. The power play was LA's fourth of the period.
17:10 - ANA PEN - Chris Pronger is called for cross checking. LA goes on their fourth power play of the first period - they are 0-for-3 so far.
12:41 - ANA PEN - Francois Beauchemin is called for interfering with Sean Avery behind the net. Beauchemin then proceeds to take an unsportsmanlike giving LA a 4:00 power play.
7:46 - ANA PEN - Andy McDonald goes off for holding. LA goes on their first power play. The Kings are operating at 18.7% this season on the power play (T-8th NHL). The Ducks are killing at 85.3% (9th NHL).
7:00 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - RYAN GETZLAF (12). Getzlaf and Chris Pronger play catch for much of the power play along the blue line with both players on their off side. Pronger fakes a slapper and dishes a soft pass to Getzlaf who buries a hard one-timer past Cloutier to make it 1-0. Assists on the goal go to Pronger and Dustin Penner.
5:13 - LA PEN - Peter Harrold is caught hooking. Anaheim goes on their second power play. The Ducks are 0-for-1.
2:07 - LA PEN - Scott Thornton earns an interference minor. Anaheim goes on their first power play. The Ducks are operating at 21.9% this season with the man advantage (2nd NHL). The Kings are killing at 80.5% (T-23rd NHL).
0:00 - The first period is under way between the Ducks and Kings at Honda Center.
Starting Goaltenders: 30 Ilya Bryzgalov, 39 Dan Cloutier
Scratches: ANA 39 C Travis Green; LA 31 G Mathieu Garon, 26 C Marty Murray, 38 D Kevin Dallman