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Recap: Miller Shuts Out Kings as Ducks Win Second Straight

by Adam Brady @AdamJBrady /

ANAHEIM -- It may be just the preseason, but Ryan Miller showed no signs of letting up tonight at Honda Center.

The 39-year-old goalie, who re-signed with the Ducks for another year last June, shut out the rival Kings with 34 stops in helping Anaheim to a gritty 2-0 victory. It was the second win in as many nights for the Ducks, who downed the Sharks 4-1 Tuesday on home ice.

"It's a great sign," said Ducks coach Dallas Eakins of Miller's play. "I know he worked extremely hard over the summer on a number of things. He's been extremely focused right through camp. He's been really open with his opinion on a number of things. He's been a really good leader in the room."

It only took the Ducks a minute and a half to jump in front, and it came courtesy of Adam Henrique punching in a rebound off a hard Jacob Larsson point shot, Henrique's second goal of the preseason.

Video: LAK@ANA: Henrique fires in rebound for early goal

"You always want to improve every day in camp and work on things," Henrique said. "You want to be ready to go on [opening night]. As we get closer, it gets more and more exciting, and it seems like the days are getting longer. You want it to be here. It's been a fun camp, but a tough camp. Everyone is really buying into what's happening in the locker room as a group, which is exciting."

Anaheim appeared to make it 2-0 late in the second, but Nick Ritchie was whistled for running over Kings goalie Jonathan Quick just before Cam Fowler's shot went through.

The Ducks iced a somewhat different lineup than the one that faced San Jose one night prior, featuring the likes of Fowler, Henrique, Ritchie, Ryan Getzlaf, Hampus Lindholm, Josh Manson, Rickard Rakell and youngsters Max Comtois and Troy Terry along with Miller.

Video: LAK@ANA: Miller stymies Kempe's shot

His shutout looked to be spoiled with 3 1/2 minutes left in the game, when a bouncing puck in the crease trickled over the stripe, but Adrian Kempe of the Kings was called for a cross check just seconds prior.

And the Ducks put it away soon after Quick went to the bench for an extra attacker with about a minute left, as Ducks forward Sam Carrick filled the empty net.

Video: LAK@ANA: Carrick seals win with empty-netter

"I thought there was a little bit of tiredness to start the third period, but we settled down and worked together," Miller said. "It was a good night with my [defensemen]. They were working the puck really well together getting the puck out of the zone. They were around me when I needed them."

The Ducks (3-1-1 this preseason) will look to make it three straight Saturday vs. the Coyotes, the same team the Ducks will open the season against on October 3 at Honda Center.

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