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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle tried to put a positive spin on the Mighty Ducks' latest shootout loss.

Luc Robitaille scored the tying goal in the third period and Joe Corvo got the deciding goal in a shootout, lifting the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory over their Southern California rivals Monday night.

The Kings have beaten the Ducks in the last nine meetings that have gone past regulation, including a 4-3 shootout win Dec. 16 in Anaheim. The last time the Ducks beat Los Angeles in overtime was Feb. 17, 1996, on Paul Kariya's goal.

"Our record hasn't been great in them," Randy Carlyle said. "We scored two goals in the shootout, and usually that's enough to win it. But there's too many positives in this game for us to get down."

Corvo beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere in the fifth round of the shootout, right after Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf hit the left post behind Mathieu Garon.

"We go by the rankings we have in practice, and he certainly was one of our better ones," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "He scored on a penalty shot earlier this year."

The Ducks are 0-5 in overtime games that haven't involved shootouts. When they go to a shootout, they are 2-5. Nine of Giguere's 15 losses this season have been decided after regulation.

"We played a really good game and we were in the lead pretty much the whole way," Giguere said. "This is a tough building to come into. The Kings work hard and they never quit. It's a tough loss, but we've got to go with the positives. We have two big games coming up this week before we play them again Saturday, and those are the games we have to focus on."

The Ducks, who trail Edmonton by four points for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth, began an eight-game stretch in which they will face the Kings three times and the Oilers twice.

The Kings have 30 victories in 51 games, tying the 1980-81 squad for the fewest number of games with 30 wins in the franchise's 38-year history.

Alexander Frolov scored a short-handed goal after missing the previous three games with flu-like symptoms. Garon, who made a season-high 42 saves against the Ducks in the 4-3 shootout win Dec. 16 in Anaheim, stopped 33 shots in regulation - including a breakaway by Chris Kunitz with 13:08 to play. Kunitz was the first player he stopped in the shootout.

Francois Beauchemin scored twice, including a power-play goal. Todd Marchant, playing in his 800th NHL game, got his 400th career point with an assist on Beauchemin's second goal.

Robitaille, who became the Kings career goal leader Thursday night, pulled the Kings even with 8:22 left in the third period when he converted Derek Armstrong's centering pass from the right of the net for his 11th goal and 664th of his career.

"Lubomir Visnovsky held up the puck at the blue line, and that was big because I was coming off the bench and it gave me some time to go all the way to the front of the net," Robitaille said. "He was giving a look to whoever was open, I just gave him a yell and he put it right on my stick."

The Ducks opened the scoring at 7:47 of the first period when Teemu Selanne set up Beauchemin at the edge of the crease with a pass from the base of the left circle. Selanne's assist put him within eight points of the 1,000 mark.

Less than 1 1/2 minutes into the second period, Beauchemin drew a 4-minute, high-sticking penalty from Craig Conroy after getting clipped near his left eye behind the Anaheim net. The Kings ended up with their 10th short-handed goal 37 seconds later, as Frolov intercepted a cross-ice pass in the Kings' zone and converted a rebound of Michael Cammalleri's weak flip on Giguere at the other end at 2:05 of the second period.

"It wasn't a case of not playing well or not playing hard enough," Carlyle said. "We made a couple of mistakes defensively, but hockey is a game of mistakes. If every team played the game mistake-free, it would be nothing-nothing.

"You can't give up a short-handed goal in a critical game like we did tonight. On the Robitaille goal we had people back, but we didn't get inside position defensively."

Beauchemin put Anaheim back in front 2-1 with 10 seconds remaining on Conroy's double-minor. The Ducks' rookie defenseman took a 45-foot slap shot along the ice that changed direction off the stick of Kings defenseman Tim Gleason and slipped between Garon's pads at 4:12 of the period.

Notes: The Kings took out a full-page ad in the sports section of Sunday's Los Angeles Times, congratulating Robitaille for breaking Marcel Dionne's franchise record for goals. Only seven players have scored more goals with one team than Robitaille. ... The Kings lead the series 30-23. There have been 11 ties. ... The Ducks have won only once in their last 13 visits to Staples Center.

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