There's an old cliché used for games between bitter rivals, how "you can throw out the records" whenever the two teams play. It has never been more appropriate than this season with the Kings and Ducks.
The Kings again proved why they've surprisingly been one of the Ducks' tougher opponents this season, as their 5-3 victory was their third straight and fourth overall in the series.
Dustin Penner's goal gave him the team record for points by a rookie.
While the Ducks have been among the best in the NHL, the Kings have been lingering at or near the bottom of the Pacific Division and out of playoff contention. Yet prior to tonight, their previous seven games had been hard-fought battles that have all been decided by a single goal. Four went into overtime or a shootout. This time the Kings were more dominating, scoring three unanswered goals in the second and third period.
"I give them a lot of respect," said goalie J.S. Giguere. "Every time we've played them this year they've worked pretty hard. In two games, they've outworked us, to be honest. They have to prove something to their coach and their organization if they want to be there next year. You've got to give them credit. This was back-to-back games for them and you couldn't tell."
Michael Cammalleri had two goals in the first period, and helped the Kings improve to 25-34-14. Rookie Patrick O'Sullivan, a day after St. Patrick's Day, had the go-ahead goal and Noah Clarke added insurance with the game's lone strike in the third.
O'Sullivan's goal came with 55 seconds left in the second, as he one-timed a nice feed from Alexander Frolov. Clarke, a rookie from LaVerne, Calif., crushed the Ducks with a shorthanded goal just 44 seconds into the third, after the Ducks lost the puck on the power play and Clarke redirected a feed from Tom Kostopoulis.
Meanwhile, Teemu Selanne spent nearly the first five minutes of the third period in the penalty box. Selanne was waiting for the first whistle of the period after he and Dustin Brown took coincidental minors in the second. In the last four minutes of the third, the Ducks couldn't get a goal to pull within one, despite pulling Giguere and skating 6 on 4 for two minutes after a Kings penalty.
The Kings spoiled the Ducks chance to set a club record for wins and points, as the Ducks still sit at 43 and 98, respectively. They also kept the Ducks from making up ground in the Western Conference, as Anaheim remains two points behind frontrunner Nashville.
"We didn't play to the level that was required," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "For whatever reason, we're left scratching our heads. I can't think of this group playing as poor a game this year."
Both teams got on the board early and often, combining for four goals in the first 13 minutes. After the Kings scored first 2:16 into the game, Travis Moen got one back just 41 seconds later. Moen's seemingly harmless shot from deep in the left corner got through Sean Burke's five-hole. A minute and a half later, Burke tried to clear the puck in front of him, but sent it right to Dustin Penner's stick. Penner one-timed it in to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead. The goal was his 42nd point of the season, a Ducks rookie record.
Cammalleri had both Kings goals in the first, scoring from nearly the identical spot left of the goal on both. The first came off a rebound from Giguere's pads and the second a one-timer off a nice feed from O'Sullivan on the power play. Fittingly, O'Sullivan assisted on both goals.
Teemu Selanne gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead just 1:31 in the second, firing a wrister from the right side that got past Mathieu on his stick side. Garon had replaced Burke after the Ducks' second goal in the first. Selanne then couldn't capitalize on a penalty shot after he was hooked from behind on his way to the net. A conversion there would have given the Ducks' a two-goal lead.
The Kings then took the lead with two goals within 90 seconds of each other late in the second period. The first came from veteran defenseman Dustin Brown, after Lubomir Visnovsky's slapper from the point bounced off Giguere and was loose in front. Later O'Sullivan one-timed a feed from Alexander Frolov into the open right half of the net.
- The Ducks have earned standings points in 10 of the last 11 games (8-1-2) and 10 of the last 11 at home (7-1-3).
- The Ducks have scored 21 goals over their last five games (4.2 per game), scoring four-or-more goals in four of their last five contests.
- With a goal tonight, Dustin Penner broke the franchise rookie points record (25-17=42), previously held by Chris Kunitz (2005-06, 19-22=41).
- Teemu Selanne has points in four straight games (5-3=8) and has 12-11=23 points in his last 16 contests. He also has 11-10=21 points in his last 14 home games. He is 1-for-5 lifetime on penalty shots. He scored on the first attempt of his career on March 9, 1993 with Winnepeg versus Tampa Bay.
- Ryan Getzlaf has 2-5=7 points in the last five games. He also has points in two consecutive games (0-3=3).
- Corey Perry has 3-3=6 points in the last six games. He also has a three-game point streak (2-1=3).
- Chris Kunitz has 1-4=5 points in the last five games.
- The Ducks have sold out the last 20 home games and 22 of the last 23. The club has 23 sellouts on the season, 11 more than it had all of last season. The 23 sellouts mark the most since the 1997-98 season (25).
|FINAL ||1 ||2 ||3 ||T |
| ||Los Angeles ||2 ||2 ||1 ||5 |
| ||Anaheim ||2 ||1 ||0 ||3 |
20:00 - END OF GAME: The Ducks can't get a goal skating 6 on 5 and the Kings win 5-3.
18:35 - Giguere starts the shift in net, but leaves when the Ducks take possession.
18:00 - The Kings get their fifth skater on as the power play expires.
17:05 - The Ducks net is empty as they skate 6 on 4.
16:00 - LA PENALTY - Brian Willsie 2 min. hooking. The Ducks are 0-3 on the power play.
7:00 - Samuel Pahlsson and LA Dustin Brown take turns knocking each other over away from the puck and commence scrapping. Travis Moen and the Kings' Michael Cammalleri gets involved for good measure. Moen gets 2 for roughing and Cammalleri gets 2 for cross checking. The Kings and Ducks skate 4-on-4.
0:44 - LA GOAL - SHORTHANDED - NOAH CLARKE (2): The Kings turn things around on the Ducks as Tom Kostopoulis skates down the left side and makes a nice pass in front to a hard-skating Clarke, who redirects it through Giguere. It gives the Kings a 5-3 lead.
0:00 The Ducks start the third with 1:43 of power play time thanks to the Modry delay of game.
20:00 - End of period. The Kings outshot the Ducks 13-8 in that period and own a 21-14 advantage overall.
19:56 - COINCIDENTAL MINORS - ANA Selanne 2 min. holding and LA Dustin Brown 2 min. roughing.
19:42 - LA PENALTY - Jaroslav Modry 2 min. delay of game.
19:05 - LA GOAL - PATRICK O'SULLIVAN (4): O'Sullivan continues the luck of the Irish by one-timing a pass across the crease from Alexander Frolov and sending it into the open net. Kings leasd 4-3.
17:33 - LA GOAL - POWER PLAY - ROB BLAKE (14): Lubomir Visnovsky's slap shot from the point bounces off Giguere, then the skate of LA's Dustin Brown. Blake recovers the puck and wrists it past Giguere. It ties the game 3-3.
16:29 - ANA PENALTY - Travis Moen 2 min. boarding.
10:36 - Teemu Selanne is hooked from behind on his way to the goal and is awarded a penalty shot. But his backhand attempt is kick-saved by Mathieu Garon.
5:53 - ANA PENALTY - Ric Jackman 2 min. holding.
1:31 - ANA GOAL - TEEMU SELANNE (44): Selanne fakes like he's going to make a centering pass, then fires a wrister that gets past Garon on his stick side. It's Selanne's fourth in five games. Assists go to Chris Kunitz and Ric Jackman.
0:00 - Second period is underway.
20:00 - End of period. Ducks and Kings do almost more scoring in the first than UCLA-Indiana yesterday. Kings outshoot the Ducks 8-6.
18:25 - LA PENALTY - Jamie Lundmark 2 min. holding. Ducks are 0-1 on the power play so far.
15:17 - ANA PENALTY - Rob Niedermayer 2 min. holding - Rob grabs the Kings player in the corner trying to pry the puck loose. Kings are 1 for 1 on the power play.
7:23 - LA GOAL - POWER PLAY - MICHAEL CAMMALLERI (31) - Cammalleri gets his second of the game from nearly the identical spot left of the goal when Patrick O'Sullivan sends a pretty pass to him and Cammalleri one-times it past Giguere. Fittingly, O'Sullivan now has two points just one day after St. Patrick's Day.
6:35 - ANA PENALTY - 2-min. bench minor for too many men on the ice.
5:08 - LA PENALTY - Dustin Brown, 2 min. hooking.
4:22 - ANA GOAL - DUSTIN PENNER (26): Burke tries to poke away a loose puck in front of the net, but right to Penner who one-times it past him. Burke is immediately replaced in goal by Mathieu Garon. Assists go to Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.
2:57 - ANA GOAL - TRAVIS MOEN (10): Moen's seemingly harmless shot from the left corner somehow gets through goalie Sean Burke to tie it up 1-1. Assists to Samuel Pahlsson and Sean O'Donnell.
2:16 - LA GOAL - MICHAEL CAMMALLERI (30): Dustin Brown's shot caroms off Giguere's pad and Cammelleri bats in the rebound in the open net. Second assist goes to Patrick O'Sullivan.
0:00 - The Ducks and Kings are underway.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA J.S. Giguere, LA Sean Burke
Starting Skaters: ANA Ric Jackman, Teemu Selanne, Chris Kunitz, Andy McDonald, Francois Beauchemin; LA Rob Blake, Mike Weaver, Noah Clarke, Gabe Gauthier, John Zeiler
Scratches: ANA Todd Marchant, Brad May, Chris Pronger, Tim Brent ; LA Derek Armstrong, Alyn McCauley, Anze Kopitar, Kevin Dallman
5:05 p.m. at Honda Center
TV: KDOC Radio: AM 830
The Ducks face the rival Kings for the last time this season, with much more at stake than the chance to get back at a team that has beaten them the last two contests. With a win tonight, the Ducks can break the team records for wins (43) and standings points (98), which they tied with their 5-2 victory over Chicago on Friday.
Tonight is also the close of the season-high eight-game homestand, during which the Ducks have been able to make up significant ground in the Western Conference race and increase their Pacific Division lead. The Ducks, looking to win the division for the first time in their history, hold a seven-point lead over San Jose. They are one behind Detroit for the top spot in the Western Conference.
The Ducks can also clinch a playoff spot tonight. A win over Los Angeles and a Colorado loss (in regulation or OT) vs. San Jose tonight puts the Ducks in the postseason. Or, an overtime loss tonight and a Colorado loss in regulation vs. San Jose will also do the trick. The Colorado game tonight also begins at 5 p.m. PDT.
|Western Conference Leaders |
|RK || ||GP ||W ||L || ||OT ||PTS ||GF ||GA ||HOME ||AWAY ||L10 |
|1 ||NASHVILLE* ||73 ||47 ||20 || ||6 ||100 ||249 ||192 ||26-6-4 ||21-14-2 ||6-2-2 |
|2 ||ANAHEIM* ||72 ||43 ||17 || ||12 ||98 ||233 ||185 ||25-5-8 ||18-12-4 ||8-0-2 |
|3 ||VANCOUVER* ||72 ||43 ||23 || ||6 ||92 ||195 ||179 ||24-9-3 ||19-14-3 ||7-2-1 |
|4 ||DETROIT ||72 ||45 ||18 || ||9 ||99 ||228 ||181 ||26-4-5 ||19-14-4 ||6-2-2 |
|5 ||SAN JOSE ||72 ||44 ||25 || ||3 ||91 ||219 ||173 ||21-12-3 ||23-13-0 ||6-2-2 |
Anaheim (43-17-12) is 6-0-1 over the first seven games of this homestand, while outscoring opponents 25-13.
The Ducks earned their eighth win in the last 10 games overall on Friday, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2. Teemu Selanne scored two of Anaheim's three first-period goals, and Andy McDonald had two goals and a pair of assists.
"It was a great team win," said left wing Chris Kunitz. "Teemu and Mac were great tonight, and that helps. We had all four lines going. When we flow like that and get good offense early on, we tend to win."
Selanne has three straight multipoint games, and has 22 points over his last 14 contests. The right wing has four goals and 11 points in seven matchups against the Kings (24-34-14) this season, and 39 goals and 93 points in 39 career games versus Los Angeles. The points are his most against any opponent.
The Ducks have nine games left following Sunday's contest, although just two will be played on home ice, where they are 25-5-8 compared with 18-12-4 on the road.
Anaheim has dropped its last two home meetings with the Kings, however, including a 4-3 shootout loss on Feb. 18 - also the Kings' last road win. Four of the seven meetings between these clubs this season have gone to overtime.
Los Angeles defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3 on Saturday - the team's second win during a three-game homestand. The Kings scored the first four goals of the contest and cruised to victory.
Defensemen Jamie Heward, Lubomir Visnovsky, Mike Weaver and Rob Blake each had a goal - the first time this season the Los Angeles had four defensemen score in a game. Center Jamie Lundmark scored his sixth goal of 2006-07 to complete the Kings' offense.
"When you can get guys scoring from the point, it's nice because it takes some pressure off the forwards," Heward said. "You're not going to get a lot of those kind of games during the season. But anytime they come, it takes pressure off our top lines and they can just concentrate on playing good solid team hockey."
The Kings, who with a 9-20-5 road record are tied with Florida and Calgary for fewest road wins in the NHL - play seven of their final 10 games away from home starting with this contest.
Los Angeles has dropped four of its last six games overall, but all the defeats came in either overtime or the shootout.
- Associated Press contributed to this report
| ||DATE ||SCORE ||WINNING GOALIE ||GWG |
| ||Mar 1, 2007 ||4 - 3 ||S. BURKE ||M. CAMMALLERI |
| ||Feb 18, 2007 ||4 - 3 ||S. BURKE ||L. VISNOVSKY |
| ||Feb 17, 2007 ||3 - 2 ||J. GIGUERE ||C. PERRY |
| ||Dec 3, 2006 ||3 - 2 ||D. CLOUTIER ||A. FROLOV |
| ||Dec 2, 2006 ||4 - 3 ||J. GIGUERE ||T. SELANNE |
| ||Oct 22, 2006 ||3 - 2 ||J. GIGUERE ||R. GETZLAF |
| ||Oct 6, 2006 ||4 - 3 ||J. GIGUERE ||C. KUNITZ |
| ||RECENT 5 GAMES || |
|DATE ||RESULT ||DATE ||RESULT |
|Mar 17, 2007 || CBJ 3 @ LAK 5 |
|Mar 15, 2007 || CHI 4 @ LAK 3 |
|Mar 12, 2007 || EDM 1 @ LAK 5 |
|Mar 11, 2007 || LAK 3 @ DAL 4 |
|Mar 9, 2007 || LAK 2 @ DET 3 || |
|Mar 16, 2007 || CHI 2 @ ANA 5 |
|Mar 14, 2007 || CBJ 5 @ ANA 4 |
|Mar 11, 2007 || VAN 2 @ ANA 4 |
|Mar 9, 2007 || EDM 1 @ ANA 5 |
|Mar 7, 2007 || PHX 1 @ ANA 2 |
| ||NEXT 5 GAMES || |
|DATE || ||DATE || |
|Mar 18, 2007 || LAK @ ANA |
|Mar 21, 2007 || DAL @ LAK |
|Mar 23, 2007 || LAK @ CHI |
|Mar 24, 2007 || LAK @ MIN |
|Mar 27, 2007 || LAK @ SJS || |
|Mar 18, 2007 || LAK @ ANA |
|Mar 22, 2007 || ANA @ PHX |
|Mar 23, 2007 || DAL @ ANA |
|Mar 26, 2007 || ANA @ DET |
|Mar 28, 2007 || ANA @ CHI |
| || |
| ||2006-2007 Team Stats || |
|62 ||Points: ||98 |
|24 ||Wins: ||43 |
|3 ||ShutOuts: ||5 |
|16 ||Power Play Rank: ||3 |
|30 ||Penalty Kill Rank: ||8 |
|.611 ||Win % When Leading After 1: ||.741 |
|.696 ||Win % When Leading After 2: ||.853 |
|.100 ||Win % When Trailing After 1: ||.421 |
|.086 ||Win % When Trailing After 2: ||.227 |
| || || || |
|GOALS: ||A. FROLOV ||34 || ||T. SELANNE ||43 |
|ASSISTS: ||M. CAMMALLERI ||40 || ||S. NIEDERMAYER ||50 |
|POINTS: ||M. CAMMALLERI ||69 || ||T. SELANNE ||85 |
|+/-: ||D. ARMSTRONG ||14 || ||C. PRONGER ||26 |
|OT GOALS: ||M. CAMMALLERI ||1 || ||T. SELANNE ||2 |