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Chris Pronger's overtime goal gives Ducks 1-0 victory over Kings

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LOS ANGELES - Chris Pronger scored 40 seconds into overtime and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 35 saves to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

Pronger drilled a 45-foot slapshot past Kings goalie Erik Ersberg just after a Ducks power play ended giving Anaheim the victory. It was Giguere's second shutout of the season and the 31st of his career.

With the win the Ducks have earned 15 of 16 standings points (6-0-1) in their last eight games.

Looking to end a four-game winless streak, the Kings opted to give back-up goalie Ersberg his first start of the season and the 26-year-old Swede responded with a 26-save effort that allowed Los Angeles to gain just its second standing points in its last five games (0-3-2).

Jason LaBarbera had started all 11 of the Kings' prior games, including a 6-3 victory over the Ducks when the teams last met on October 14.

Ersberg had replaced LaBarbera mid-game on two occasions, giving up two goals on 14 shots. In 14 appearances last season, Ersberg compiled a 6-5-3 record with a 2.48 goals-against-average and a .927 save-percentage, tops among LA goalies. He had stopped 29 of 30 shots in his only other appearance against the Ducks, a 2-1 shootout loss on March 26, 2008.

The Southern California rivals had only skated through a 1-0 game on one prior occasion. Jamie Storr backstopped the Kings to a 1-0 win in LA on April 14, 2002.

The Ducks power play had been a sizzling 10-for-29 (35.5 per cent) over the prior six games, but Kings penalty killers were able to shutdown all five Anaheim power plays Tuesday. Anaheim had to kill six LA power play chances.

After a lacklustre opening period Tuesday, things got heated in the second when Kings rookie forward Brian Boyle sent Ducks right wing Rob Niedermayer sprawling head first into the board with a check near centre ice. Following a brief scuffle the Kings were set up with a four-minute power-play, but the advantage was quickly offset by a subsequent hooking penalty on Michal Handzus.

LA forward Alexander Frolov had a breakaway with nine minutes to play in the second, but couldn't beat Giguere.

Notes: Kings defenceman Dennis Gauthier skated in his 500th NHL game. ... Ducks forward George Parros remains day-to-day after suffering a right-eye abrasion against Vancouver last Friday.

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