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LOS ANGELES (AP) -Alexander Frolov scored the go-ahead goal for Los Angeles on a power play after Anaheim rookie Bobby Ryan tied it with three consecutive goals, and the Kings beat the Ducks 4-3 on Thursday night.

Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown each had a goal and an assist, and rookie Wayne Simmonds also scored for the Kings. Rookie Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for Los Angeles.

Ryan's hat trick was the first by an Anaheim rookie in the franchise's 15-year history. His three goals came during a 2:21 span. The second overall pick in the 2005 draft has scored seven of his 11 goals in the last 10 games.

Ryan, who began the season in the minors and didn't get called up until mid-November, triggered Anaheim's comeback just 46 seconds before the first intermission when he beat Quick from a sharp angle to the left of the net while Jarret Stoll was serving a delay-of-game penalty for clearing the puck over the glass.

Ryan connected again 16 seconds into the second period on a rebound after Quick stopped Ryan Getzlaf's wrist shot from the right circle.

The teams were skating 4-on-4 when Ryan got a pass off the left boards from Getzlaf and put a sensational 360-degree move around defenseman Steve Montador before sliding his 11th goal of the season past Quick's glove at 1:35 of the period.

But all that went for naught when Frolov converted a rebound of Kyle Quincey's shot from the top of the left circle with 12:17 to play, after the Kings were penalized for having too many men on the ice.

Last Sunday, the Ducks capitalized on two Phoenix penalties for too many men on the ice and converted both into power-play goals for a 2-1 win.

The Kings were held to just one goal in their previous three meetings with their Southern California rivals - and that one came during a 5-on-3 power play in Tuesday's 3-1 loss at Anaheim. But Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead on Brown's goal with 6 seconds left in the first period and Simmonds' goal just 37 seconds into the second period.

Brown's 14th of the season came on a wrist shot from the middle of the right circle after the Kings' captain got the puck from Kyle Calder and carried it across three lines. Simmonds also beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the stick side with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle, forcing Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle to bench Giguere for the third time this season.

Kopitar gave Los Angeles a three-goal lead at 8:50 of the second, converting his own rebound after Jonas Hiller stopped his backhander in the low slot.

Notes: A 4.5 earthquake with its epicenter about 55 miles east of Staples Center in San Bernardino was felt in the press box about 12 1/2 minutes into the game. During the next play stoppage, the audio crew played Carole King's "I Feel The Earth Move (Under My Feet)." ... Each of Simmonds' previous three goals this season came on his only shot of the game. This one came on his second shot. ... The Kings and Ducks have never been in the playoffs during the same year. ... Kings rookie C Oscar Miller, who helped Team Sweden win a silver medal at the world junior hockey championships, was scratched because of a fractured clavicle that didn't prevent him from playing in Monday night's title game. ... Anaheim is 3-4-2 since Teemu Selanne has been sidelined because of a lacerated left quadriceps. ... The Ducks are 0-8-1 when trailing after one period. ... When the Kings host Tampa Bay next Monday night, it will mark the first head-to-head matchup between the first two picks in the 2008 draft - Kings D Drew Doughty and No.1 overall selection Steven Stamkos. ... Corey Perry has one game left on his four-game suspension for elbowing Philadelphia's Claude Giroux in the head.

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