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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The Kings defeated the Ducks by a 4-3 score, after squandering all of a 3-0 lead. The win improved the Kings to 17-17-6 for 40 points.

Dustin Brown scored his first goal since being named a Western Conference All-Star for the first time on Wednesday. Brown scored at 19:54 of the first period and Wayne Simmonds then lit the lamp at the 37-second mark of the second period for a 2-0 lead. The two goals were scored 43 seconds apart. In case you are wondering, the Kings record for fastest two goals is 0:06, which has been accomplished three times, believe it or not:
April 15, 1999: Doug Bodger 7:47 & Luc Robitaille 7:53, 3rd period vs. Anaheim
Nov. 2, 1972: Ralph Backstrom (2) 8:30-8:36, 3rd period vs. Boston
March 10, 1968: Bill Flett 9:14 & Eddie Joyal 9:20, 1st period vs. NY Rangers.

In fact, the Kings once scored three times in 41 seconds: March 2, 1989:
Steve Duchesne 12:18, Wayne Gretzky 12:39, Steve Duchesne 12:59; 1st period vs. St. Louis Blues.

The Ducks Bobby Ryan single-handedly tied the game up with a natural hat trick in just 2:21, scoring at 19:14 of the second period and then :16 and 1:35 of the third period. It was his first career hat trick and set a team record for single game goals scored by a rookie.

J-S Giguere started for Anaheim and stopped just 8-of-10 shots and was pulled after Simmonds goal 37 seconds into the second period. Though Jonas Hiller and Ryan got the Western Conference All-Star starter off the hook, Giguere still has not won in his last five starts (0-2-2), stopping 125-of-141 (.886 SV%) with a 3.60 GAA.

There was a 4.5 Eartquake centered in San Bernardino at 7:49 p.m. during the first period of the game that shook the press box. San Bernardino is located 60 miles south east of Los Angeles...Jonathan Quick has a 1.16 goals-against average and .956 save percentage in his last six appearances (4-2-0)... The Kings have only allowed 11 goals in their last seven games...Kings All-Star Dustin Brown (1-1=2) had his 10th multi-point game of the season. The Kings are 8-1-1 in those games...Anze Kopitar (1-1=2) had his ninth multi-point game of the season. The Kings are 8-1-0 in those games...Kopitar put the Kings up 3-0 with his 11th goal of the season and first since Dec. 13 vs. Minnesota...The Kings had scored just four goals in the last three games combined...The Kings were 7-1-2 when scoring three plus goals. Kopitar now has 20 points (6-14=20) in 19 career games vs. the Ducks. He also has 20 points vs. St. Louis for the most against any opponent...Alexander Frolov (1-1=2) had his seventh multi-point game of the season. The Kings are 5-1-1 in those games...Tonight was the sixth sellout of the season and fourth straight.


(Re: Ryan’s goals): “The first one [goal] I probably wasn’t too strong positionally, but he made a good shot.  We gave him a little bit of an opening and he took advantage of it and the second one I didn’t handle as well as I wanted to.  The third was one was just a great move.”

(Re: game recap) “We took some penalties that worked against us and gave them momentum that ended up turning into their first goal.  They carried that into the third period, but we were lucky enough to stay with it and battle back.  We got the big third period power-play goal.”

(Re: game recap): “We knew we were capable of winning this game.  We played a really good, solid team game.  We just gave up a couple goals at the beginning of the third period, but we didn’t stop and kept working and scored a goal.”

(Re: playing with Kopitar and Brown) “They are great players, they know where you are all the time and can feed you.  You just have to get open and they get open all the time for you.”  

(Re: game recap) “It was an even game and we knew we were playing great and that we deserved to win.  We just had to do what we should, like put pucks in the net and score big power-play goals.”

(Re: sellout) “It was a full house and fans were cheering for us.  We appreciate their support.  When we go into the games we always feel their support and play as hard as we can and battle for them.”

(Re: taking four straight penalties): “We lost momentum big time.  We did a great job on the penalty kill, Quick was tremendous, the penalty killers got caught out there for a long time and that was the problem, it took a whole lot of energy out of some players.  It took a little bit of work to get it back together again.”

(Re: line changes): “I liked what (Dustin) Brown did on his first goal, that was real a strong play, just an individual effort, and as soon as that happened I put him back up there with Kopitar and made a few changes on the lines.  There were a lot of things that happened in the game that were reasons why I went back to different lines then when I started.”

(Re: game recap): “Special teams did a good job.  Penalty killing was real good and the power play came up at the right time with a huge goal to take a 4-3 lead. Once we start to play five-on-five like we did in the first period, we did a good job.  We were doing the right things with the puck, we were cycling, we were strong on it, managed the puck very well through all three zones and that allowed us to recapture our confidence and momentum as we head into the second part of the third period.”

(Re: game recap): “We had a terrible first period.  Until we got back to back power plays at the end of the second period, we didn’t have a very good game.  We didn’t do much to warrant being in the hockey game.  But then we had  a power-play goal and started the third period with two quick ones and we were right back in it.  Then we gave up a power-play goal for a too-many-men on the ice penalty.”

(On pulling Giguere):  “I didn’t think he was square to the puck on the first goal and I didn’t think he was square to the puck on the second.  The puck in my mind should not go in from those angles on the stick side on both goals for both goals so I made the decision.”

(Re: game recap):  “You don’t win if you don’t work.  It’s a pretty simple ingredient in the game of hockey and we didn’t do it for the full game and they did for the most part.”  

“We expect good things to happen after playing a few games of playing our brand of hockey.  It doesn’t just happen.  It takes the hard work and the commitment that maybe we weren’t quite ready to bring today.” 

(On Bobby Ryan): “Bobby had a great game.  He was attacking with the puck, skating,  You like to take advantage of an opportunity like that when you have a guy that hot and he gets you back in the game and ties it up when you’re down by two and unfortunately we couldn’t finish it off.”

(Re: game recap):  “It’s tough to succeed and have a good night when everybody’s not going as well as they would like to.  We got behind the eight ball early and we gave them too many opportunities and we didn’t take advantage of the opportunities that we had on the power play right off the bat.  We didn’t deserve the two points tonight, that’s for sure.”

(On being called up from Iowa): “I think it’s your job to earn the right to stay for the long haul every single day and that’s just what I’m trying to do right now.  Continue to play well and… earn Carlyle’s trust.”

Post Game Quotes Compiled By:  Karen Chun and Courtney Ports.

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