LOS ANGELES - In a game that began with the look and feel of a typical Freeway Faceoff matchup, the more experienced club quickly became evident in a one-sided contest between the crosstown rivals. Brandon Montour scored the lone goal for Anaheim in the 6-1 loss to the LA Kings, which kept the Ducks winless through two preseason games.
Nic Dowd (two goals), Devin Setoguchi, Justin Auger, Dustin Brown and Andy Andreoff scored for the Kings, who improved to 2-1-0.
Dustin Tokarski and Yann Danis split the duties in net for Anaheim, while Peter Budaj and Tom McCollum did the same for Los Angeles.
"For most guys, it's their first time playing together, so maybe it's the nerves," said Montour. "We showed a little bit more in the third period. If we played like that most of the game, it might've been a lot closer. We just didn't play a full 60 minutes."
Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said his club was "overwhelmed" at times during the game.
"If you look at the lineup we dressed and the one they dressed, it was a lot closer to their American Hockey League team with a few of their NHL players, and we had a lot of kids and not a lot of depth," said Carlyle. "But that's what exhibition games are for. We're not happy with the compete and grit levels we displayed. They used their size to their advantage, and were pretty much unimpeded on their entry into our zone."
The Kings struck first when Dowd pounced on a rebound off a shot from defenseman Kurtis MacDermid at 8:22 of the first period. The goal marked the second point in as many games for Dowd, a native of Huntsville, Alabama, who earned an assist in LA's 5-3 loss against the Arizona Coyotes in a split-squad game on Monday.
LA's lead would increase to two goals when Setoguchi wired one over the shoulder of Tokarski from the top of the right circle just three minutes later. Setoguchi, of course, was a longtime member of the San Jose Sharks before moving on to the Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets and the Calgary Flames.
The period would end with a spirited bout between Ducks right wing Stu Bickel and MacDermid, who both landed blows before tumbling to the ice.
After killing off the remainder of Bickel's extra slashing minor to begin the second period, the Ducks would find themselves right back on the penalty kill when Chris Wagner was sent to the box for hooking at 1:56.
Though they didn't capitalize on the man advantage, the Kings would strike again, this time on a goal from Auger, who was allowed a clear path to the front of the net after corralling a loose puck just beneath the left faceoff dot.
With under two minutes to play in the second period, Dowd would find the back of the net again much like he did in the first period, on a rebound chance in front. The goal served as LA's 36th shot of the game through 40 minutes of play.
Anaheim's best chance of the period came from Stefan Noesen, who managed to redirect a cross-crease pass into the pads of McCollum at the midway mark of the game.
The Ducks would break the shutout bid on a penalty kill at the 8:05 mark of the third period when Montour's seemingly harmless point shot sailed over the shoulder of McCollum.
"The forwards made a nice play on the wall," said Montour. "I think it was [Joseph] Cramarossa who made a good play on the wall. I just got on the blueline and saw Wagner in front of the net, and got a quick shot off."
The Kings would answer back with a goal of their own, this time from Brown on the power play that gave the Kings a 5-1 lead.
LA's lead increased to 6-1 when a shot from the right dot caromed off the skate of Andreoff and behind Danis. The goal was scored shorthanded while the Ducks were on a four-minute power play.
"There's really no excuse for a 6-1 loss," said Wagner. "We competed in the first period, but our execution was terrible all night. We're going to work on it, and we have a lot of time to, so that's the positive. It's the second preseason game, but you still need to be sharp and compete harder."
The Ducks will resume preseason action this Saturday when the club travels to Arizona to take on the Coyotes before returning home to host the Kings on Sunday. The lineups Carlyle will dress are expected to be considerably different than those over the first two games.
"Some people play their way onto your team, and some people play their way off of your group," Carlyle said. "In games like this, the latter is probably what was more prevalent. This is the first exhibition game for a lot of our guys. From our standpoint, we've dressed a skeleton crew last night and tonight, and that's going to change.
"We're going to get our people into the lineup because we can't wait any longer. We knew we were going to play some very young kids and some that were smaller in stature. We felt it was important for them to get their feet wet. Now it's time for an analysis."