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Ducks win fifth straight Pacific Division title

Defeat Kings in overtime, will face Flames in first round of playoffs

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks clinched their fifth straight Pacific Division title in a 4-3 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center on Sunday.

The Ducks (46-23-13) will face the Calgary Flames in the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"It's a credit to the players, who came together and achieved it," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "It's only one part, though. The most important part comes next."

 

WATCH: All Kings vs. Ducks highlights

 

Shea Theodore scored his second goal of the season on a breakaway 53 seconds into overtime.

Nate Thompson scored his first goal of the season for the Ducks at 11:34 of the third period to tie it 3-3. Brandon Montour centered the puck from near the goal line and Thompson redirected the pass off Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and across the goal line.

Dustin Brown scored at 7:55 of the third off a deflection to give the Kings their only lead at 3-2.

Drew Doughty and Kyle Clifford also scored for Los Angeles.

The Kings (39-35-8) tied it 2-2 on a redirection by Clifford at 15:56 of the second period.

Anaheim took a 2-1 lead at 9:53 of the second on the first goal by Antoine Vermette since Feb. 9. The Ducks were on the power play after the Kings were penalized for too many men on the ice. Ryan Getzlaf passed from behind the net to Vermette. Quick scrambled to get back in position and Vermette scored his ninth goal of the season.

Video: LAK@ANA: Theodore rings in OT winner off the post

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead 27 seconds into the game.

Doughty brought the puck out of the Los Angeles zone for the first time, but his pass was behind Anze Kopitar and went off a skate. Getzlaf retrieved the puck in the neutral zone, backhanded a pass to Patrick Eaves on his right and he scored on the short side of the net with a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle.

Eaves left in the second period because of an undisclosed injury.

"I saw him after the game. He looked fine," Carlyle said.

Doughty scored a power-play goal at 11:20 of the first to tie it 1-1.

Kopitar said he anticipates some new faces in the locker room next season.

"It's tough to see your friends and the players you've won with go, but if that's the case, you can't really mope about it," he said. "You have to create new memories."

Video: LAK@ANA: Eaves snipes early top-shelf tally

 

Goal of the game

Doughty received a pass from Alec Martinez just inside the blue line with room to take a couple strides toward the Los Angeles net. He shot through a screen by Brown and past Ducks goalie Jonathan Bernier.

Video: LAK@ANA: Doughty unleashes a PPG through traffic

 

Save of the game

Sami Vatanen centered a backhand pass through the middle and the puck got through Quick to Andrew Cogliano on the opposite side. Cogliano had an open side of the net, but didn't get a lot on his shot. Quick dove back across the crease and swiped at the puck with his glove just as it started to cross the goal line. The puck traveled up his left arm and ended up near his neck when Quick was on his back at 16:17 of the first period.

Video: LAK@ANA: Quick reaches back for fantastic glove save

 

Highlight of the game

With the game tied 2-2 early in the third period, Ducks forward Rickard Rakell made a stick move to get around Kings defenseman Derek Forbort when he entered the Los Angeles zone. Rakell got in close on Quick, but his shot was turned away at 2:30.

Video: LAK@ANA: Quick robs Rakell with great pad save

 

Unsung performance of the game

Ducks center Ryan Kesler won 10-of-17 faceoffs and had two shots on goal in 15:53 of ice time, including 3:50 on the power play and 1:32 shorthanded.

 
They said it

"It's a clean slate now. It's one game at a time. We need to review our season as individuals and get ready." -- Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano

 

"We hung in there. I've said that lots. The bottom line is we didn't score enough goals this year." -- Kings coach Darryl Sutter

 
Need to know

The Ducks got a point in their 14th straight game (11-0-3). Anaheim set its record with 16 straight games with a point at the start of the 2006-07 season. … Bernier had 15 saves and was 12-1-2 in his final 15 starts. … Eaves has 10 points (nine goals, one assist) in his past 11 games, and 14 points (11 goals, three assists) in 20 games with Anaheim. ... Getzlaf has a goal and six assists during a five-game point streak, and 27 points (four goals, 23 assists) in the past 18 games.

 

What's next

Kings: Season over

Ducks: Host Game 1 of Western Conference First Round against Calgary Flames on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports)

 

Video: Theodore scores OT winner to lift Ducks to 4-3 win

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