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Anaheim Ducks 2, Los Angeles Kings 4 FINAL @NHLdotcom

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Mighty Ducks have never made the playoffs in the same season since their territorial rivalry began 11 seasons ago.

But one has made it each of the last seven seasons.

At the moment, both teams are on the outside looking in. The Kings have the best shot at the postseason, and they played like it Saturday night when they beat the Ducks 4-2 for their third victory in four games.

Sean Avery and Joe Corvo scored early in the second period and Esa Pirnes notched his first NHL goal. Luc Robitaille also scored and Roman Cechmanek outplayed Jean-Sebastien Giguere by making 30 saves. That helped the Kings remain a point behind Dallas in the race for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.

``It came down to who wanted the two points more,'' Kings forward Trent Klatt said. ``Our goalie played well in the first period and gave us a chance to regroup, and we were fortunate enough to get some goals in the second period.''

Rob Niedermayer and Vaclav Prospal scored power-play goals and Niclas Havelid had two assists for the Ducks, next-to-last in the conference. They are 11 points out of a playoff spot after coming within one victory of winning the Stanley Cup last year.

``The way they played tonight, all they have to do is put together a couple of wins and get right back into that playoff race,'' Kings center Ian Laperriere said. ``They showed last year that they play really good down the stretch. They're playing so hard, I wouldn't be surprised if we see them in the picture.''

The Ducks haven't been getting much production from several players including captain Steve Rucchin, who has one goal in 29 games.

Anaheim outshot opponents in each of the previous eight games, including 47-11 against Minnesota in a 6-2 win Friday. The Ducks outshot the Kings 14-5 in the first period but all they got out of it was a 1-1 tie.

The Kings had 19 shots in the second period, and had a 7-1 advantage the first 3{ minutes when they took the lead on goals by Avery and Corvo.

``As well as Anaheim played in the first period, we elevated our game,'' Kings coach Andy Murray said. ``Sometimes you play like that in one period and it's tough to get out of that funk. So I liked our mental adjustment.''

Avery popped a rebound of Eric Belanger's shot over Giguere's shoulder just 66 seconds into the middle period. Corvo scored on a one-timer from the slot, and Giguere slammed his stick against the left post in disgust before coach Mike Babcock called a timeout.

``It was just a good shot, but I have to find a way to get a piece of it,'' Giguere said. ``Whenever you give a guy a chance to one-time it from the slot, there's a good chance it might go in.''

Robitaille, whose 642 goals are the most in NHL history by a left wing, made it 4-1 at 17:49 of the second with his 11th goal _ matching the total he had last season in 81 games with Detroit.

``I was a little too aggressive on it,'' Giguere said. ``I've got to be standing still on that shot, not moving toward the guy. Sometimes you have a tendency to get too aggressive when things don't go your way, but that's not my game. My game is to be patient and be at the right place at the right time.''

Prospal, who had his first career hat trick Friday, scored a power-play goal with 7:40 remaining. It was his 100th NHL goal and sixth in five games following a 17-game drought.

Kings rookie Dustin Brown, who missed the previous 26 games with a sprained left ankle, played for the first time since Nov. 29 and set up the game's first goal at 7:11.

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