LOS ANGELES -- Special teams proved to be the difference maker tonight in the preseason version of the Freeway Faceoff. The Ducks, unable to capitalize on a 5-on-3 power play midway through the third period, ended up surrendering a shorthanded goal in the process. The result was a 3-0 loss against the LA Kings at Staples Center on Monday night.
The Ducks had their chances on that power play, notably from Troy Terry, who came within inches of tying the game with a wrist shot that caught the tip of Jack Campbell's blocker.
"We're building. We need to puck some pucks in the net," said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. "Their goalies played great, but I thought Millsy [Ryan Miller] played great tonight, too. He kept us in it. There are some areas we need to shore up in front of our net, and get going the other way faster."
A good amount of veterans dressed for the Ducks, including captain Getzlaf, Adam Henrique, Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson. Miller went the distance in net, stopping 27 saves on 29 shots.
Jeff Carter opened the scoring for the Kings at the 2:56 mark of the first period, Dustin Brown tacked on a shorthanded goal 8:32 into the third and Anze Kopitar scored an empty-net goal with 1:26 left in regulation. Cal Petersen turned in a 23-save performance through two periods, while Campbell came on for the final 20.
The Ducks will get back at it tomorrow night in their preseason home opener against the San Jose Sharks at 7 p.m. PT.
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