Seeing the NHL’s hottest team Sunday evening, the Anaheim Ducks, the Kings’ four-game win streak was snapped in their 4-2 loss at Honda Center.
Anaheim’s Corey Perry broke a four-game pointless streak, registering four points in the Kings’ loss, scoring his ninth-career NHL hat-trick.
For the Kings, it was their second game in less than 24 hours, and their first regulation loss in the second half of a back-to-back set this season. The Kings came into the night with an outstanding 8-0-1 mark when playing their second game in as many days.
The Ducks extended their win streak to eight games, they’re 17-2-1 in their last 20, and are now just two points behind the Kings for the Pacific Division’s top spot with one game in hand.
Corey Perry opened the scoring with just over three minutes remaining in the first, burying the first of Anaheim’s three power play goals to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.
The Kings responded with a power play marker of their own when Alec Martinez rifled home a shot from the right point past John Gibson to tie the score 1-1 with 59 seconds left to play in the opening frame.
Midway through the second, the Kings took a 2-1 lead when Tanner Pearson capitalized on a fortuitous bounce that landed right on his stick while he was on the forecheck. Pearson easily shoveled the puck past a bewildered John Gibson.
Corey Perry banked a shot off of Jonathan Quick from the goal-line to tie the score 2-2 with two minutes left in the second.
Just over a minute into the third, Perry gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead when he squeaked a shot through Jonathan Quick’s skates.
David Perron gave Anaheim a 4-2 lead with 16:07 remaining in regulation, recovering a Kings turnover and beating Quick high to the glove side.
With 12 minutes left to play, Milan Lucic seemed to bring the Kings back to within a goal, but Anaheim challenged the call for offside, which video replay confirmed, overturning the call on the ice.
The Kings are now 1-2-0 against Anaheim this season, they’ll host the Ducks Saturday afternoon at STAPLES Center.
Drew Doughty (1A), Anze Kopitar (1A), Alec Martinez (1G) and Tanner Pearson (1G) led all Kings players in points scored (1), Jake Muzzin in shots taken (7), Jake Muzzin in hits delivered (6), Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez in shots blocked (4), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (28:31). Jonathan Quick made 25 saves in the loss.
Following three days rest, the Kings will being a five-game home stand Thursday night when they take on the Montreal Canadiens at STAPLES Center, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 7:30 PM PST.