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Lucic, Versteeg help Kings defeat Ducks

Second-period goals enough for Los Angeles in battle for first in Pacific Division

by Curtis Zupke / Correspondent

Lucic ties game with backhand

ANA@LAK: Lucic deposits backhand for 20th goal

4/7/16: Milan Lucic receives a pass from Tanner Pearson and hammers his backhand shot into the twine, tying the game early in the 2nd period

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings took back control of the Pacific Division on Thursday.

In perhaps the biggest regular-season game in their series history with the Anaheim Ducks, the Kings started strong and closed well to inch closer to their first division title in 25 years.

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Ducks, Kings vie for lead in Pacific race

Winner gains edge in race for division crown

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

The importance of a late-season meeting between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks isn't lost on Kings forward Milan Lucic.

Especially when so much is on the line, including a shot at claiming the Pacific Division title on Thursday at Staples Center (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-SD, PRIME, FWS-W, NHL.TV).

"Playing against a team that also has something to play for, so it's going to be that playoff-type of game right before the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs," Lucic said following the Kings' 5-4 overtime win against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. "I think that's why we're all looking forward to that game Thursday night. It's a big one for both teams."

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Ducks, Kings battle for first place in Pacific

Winner will have inside track to capture division heading into weekend

by Curtis Zupke / Correspondent

DUCKS (44-24-11) at KINGS (47-28-5) 

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-SD, FS-W, SN360
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. --
The Los Angeles Kings are looking to keep their emotions in check when they face the Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center on Thursday in perhaps the biggest regular-season game in series history. 

Los Angeles and Anaheim are tied with 99 points with the Ducks holding a game in hand. Neither team can clinch the Pacific Division, but the winner will have the inside track going into the weekend.

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