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Recap: Ducks Come up Short in 1-0 OT Loss to Kings in Preseason Finale

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

LOS ANGELES -- Missed opportunities proved costly for the Ducks, who lost 1-0 in overtime to the LA Kings at Staples Center on Saturday night.

The Ducks failed to capitalize on two separate 5-on-3 power plays, including one with two minutes remaining in regulation, and ended their seven-game preseason slate with a 3-3-1 record. John Gibson was sensational in net despite the loss, stopping 35-of-36 shots.

Jake Muzzin scored the game winner for the Kings, who finished the preseason with a 5-1-1 record. Darcy Kuemper went the distance in goal, stopping all 20 shots for the victory.

The biggest takeaway from tonight's game was Anaheim's inability to convert with the man advantage. In total, the Ducks had seven power plays, but came up short on all of them.

"It was a good tune up," said Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler. "Our power play would have liked to put one in at the end there, but we're continuing to work at it. Eventually we'll find it."

Though the game went scoreless for more than 60 minutes, it started with a bang.

It took all of 28 seconds for the game's first fight, this one featuring Ducks right wing Jared Boll and Kings left wing Kyle Clifford. Though neither player appeared to land anything flush, the fight lasted over two minutes. When the dust settled, Clifford was assessed an addition 10-minute misconduct, while Kings defenseman Alec Martinez was given two minutes for cross-checking Boll after he lined up Trevor Lewis inside the Kings' zone.

Fireworks went off again, this time in the second period when Boll mixed it up with hulking Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid at center ice. Standing 6-3, Boll gave up two inches on the 6-5 MacDermid, who entered the game with a team-high 12 penalty minutes.

Anaheim's best chance in the middle frame came on a full two-minute 5-on-3 power play with Kings defensemen Derek Forbort and Drew Doughty in the box for interference and unsportsmanlike conduct, respectively.

The Ducks had another glorious chance to break open the scoreless tie in the final minutes of regulation when they had a 5-on-3 for the second time in the game. Anaheim came within inches of breaking through when Antoine Vermette got ahold of a puck with a wide open net. Unfortunately, his one-timer was shanked wide as the clock ticked down.

"We got our shots," said Ducks defenseman Brandon Montour, on the team's power-play opportunities. "It's tough with preseason, having guys out and guys rolling in, not used to playing with each other, but we had our chances. Just couldn't find a way to put one in the net."

Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle adds, "It's a nothing-nothing hockey game. It's the last game. We were trying to get some people into some situations. We didn't really plan on having this type of lineup, but with a few injuries and what-not, we felt that our effort was where it needed to be and we got a mix of a little bit of everything in tonight's game so you have to look at it as a positive experience."

In the end, the Kings were victorious after Muzzin's slap shot beat Gibson over the shoulder on a 4-on-3 power play at the 2:55 mark of overtime.

Now the Ducks will prepare for their 2017-18 regular season opener, which takes place this coming Thursday at Honda Center against the Arizona Coyotes.

Video: Montour on the power-play struggles in preseason

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