ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jonas Hiller made 29 saves for his first NHL shutout and the Anaheim Ducks got goals from Corey Perry and defenceman Bret Hedican to beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 on Sunday night.
It was the Ducks' second shutout in the last two meetings between the Southern California rivals. The last time they met on Nov. 4 at Staples Center, the Ducks won 1-0 on Chris Pronger's overtime goal. The only other time the Ducks have had consecutive shutouts against the Kings in 2000-01, both in Anaheim by 4-0 scores.
Kings goalie Erik Ersberg, whose current string of seven consecutive starts began with the previous meeting against the Ducks, made 24 saves in the rematch. Ersberg had allowed just 13 goals during the last seven games (4-2-1).
Perry scored his sixth goal at 11:36 of the second period, just two seconds after the Kings killed off a hooking penalty against Alexander Frolov. Perry got a pass from Ryan Getzlaf in the middle of the Los Angeles zone, left a drop pass in the slot for Kent Huskins and headed for the crease, where he converted a rebound of Huskins' wrist shot.
Hedican scored with 4 1/2 minutes left, ending a 67-game goal drought dating to Oct. 24, 2007. Chris Kunitz worked the puck free along the left boards and it went to Hedican, whose one-timer from just inside the blue-line beat Ersberg to the stick side. It was Hedican's first goal in 37 games against the Kings.
Hiller, making his fourth start of the season while Jean-Sebastien Giguere got the night off, made 14 saves during the first period - five of them during a four-minute penalty-kill after Getzlaf received a double-minor for cutting Patrick O'Sullivan with a high stick. The Kings didn't get another shot on net during the final 4:10 of the period following that missed power play opportunity.
Staggered penalties to Kings defencemen Peter Harrold and Drew Doughty gave the Ducks a two-man advantage for 1:41 early in the second period, but they managed only one shot on net during that stretch.
Right wing Bobby Ryan and defenceman Brett Festerling were added to the Ducks' lineup following their promotion from Iowa of the AHL on Saturday. Festerling made his NHL debut in place of Francois Beauchemin, who is expected to be sidelined for six months after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Friday's overtime loss to Nashville.
Ryan played in place of left wing Rob Niedermayer, who was a healthy scratch for the first time since joining the Ducks in a trade with Calgary on March 11, 2003. The 15-year veteran has one goal and no assists in his last 13 contests.
Ryan was the second overall pick in the 2005 draft. He had five goals and five assists in 23 games with the Ducks last season, scoring a goal against the Kings in his NHL debut on Sept. 29, 2007 in the season opener.
Notes: Niedermayer is 51 regular-season games away from 1,000. He played for Kings coach Terry Murray during Murray's three seasons with the Florida Panthers. ... The Kings lost all four games they played in Anaheim last season, two by shootout. ... The Ducks are 0-for-13 on the power play in their first three games against the Kings. Last season they were 5-for-36 in eight meetings. ... The Ducks are 6-0 when leading after two periods. ... The Ducks failed to score in the first period for the first time in their last eight home games. ... Getzlaf has 21 points in his last 12 games. ... The Kings have allowed no more than three goals in any of their last eight games.