ANAHEIM – What was a strong game on most fronts by the Kings, was supported, exceeded, and driven by Jeff Carter
’s magnificent performance in the club’s 4-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday evening at Honda Center.
Carter, playing in his second preseason game of the year, scored the final three goals after defenseman Robyn Regehr got the scoreboard rolling less than three minutes into the first period.
Regehr, after receiving a wonderful pass from Nic Dowd atop the point, whistled a shot into traffic, which ricochet off the leg of Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin and past goaltender Frederik Andersen to give the Kings an early 1-0 lead.
Carter delivered his first tally of the night midway through the first, giving the Kings a 2-0 lead, but the Ducks answered 21 seconds later when Sami Vatanen beat Martin Jones with a blast from the point.
Anaheim clawed back to tie the game late in the second period with a goal from Emerson Etem, but Jeff Carter knocked the wind out of Anaheim’s sails by regaining the lead for the Kings with his second goal of the night.
Carter added his third goal of the night, securing a hat-trick, giving the Kings a 4-2 lead in the opening minutes of the third period.
The Kings held the Ducks scoreless on all six of their power play opportunities, including two separate 5-on-3 situations.
When looking at Carter’s hat trick, don’t undermine his line-mates, who have been having marvelous starts to the campaign themselves, while pitching in on his success.
“They make it exciting to play with them.” Carter told reporters following the game in regards to Toffoli and Pearson. “They play with a lot of speed, a lot of skill, and for me it’s fun. If they get the puck, I know we’re going north, and you just kind of take off, so it’s been fun.”
Toffoli, with two assists tonight, now has recorded multiple points in all three of his games played this preseason, totaling in with six points (1G, 5A). Pearson had two assists tonight as well, and in his three preseason games, has registered a total of five points (1G, 4A).
The Kings are now 3-0-1 this preseason, and have three more games remaining on their exhibition slate. They’ll be in Northern California Tuesday night to take on the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center. The puck is slated to drop at 7:30PM PT.