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Kings rally for OT win against Ducks

Shore scores with 1:09 remaining to cap comeback; Brown, Kopitar each has goal, assist

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Nick Shore scored with 1:09 remaining in overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 4-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Tuesday.

Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and an assist for the Kings (11-2-2), who twice trailed by two goals. Jonathan Quick made 33 saves.

 

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"It was a big game for us. It kind of took everyone," Shore said. "We got down early there but battled back and were able to get it done.

"We had 2-on-1 coming down the ice, and [Brown] made a really good play. We got the D and the goalie to bite, and fortunately it went in."

Video: LAK@ANA: Kopitar fakes shot, goes five-hole for goal

Jared Boll scored his first NHL goal in 20 months, and Rickard Rakell had a goal and an assist for the Ducks (6-6-3), who lost goalie John Gibson to an upper-body injury in the third period.

Los Angeles trailed 2-0 in the first period and 3-1 in the second before tying the game 3-3 on a power-play goal by Brown at 5:49 of the third.

The Kings were 1-for-7 on the power play. Brown scored on the first of four opportunities in the third period.

"The emotion got high in the third period," Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin said. "We want to be physical at the same time, so we will take penalties, but we have to limit those, for sure."

Brown appeared to give the Kings a 4-3 lead at 10:15, but Ducks coach Randy Carlyle challenged, and video review showed Drew Doughty was offside prior to the goal.

Los Angeles forward Brooks Laich put in a rebound with 6:53 remaining, but the goal was immediately waved off because Gibson lost his mask making the initial save.

Gibson appeared to be hit in the head with a stick on the play. He was replaced by Ryan Miller, who made nine saves.

Rakell gave Anaheim a 3-1 lead when he scored his Ducks-leading sixth goal on a slap shot from just above the right face-off circle at 14:52 of the second period. Los Angeles coach John Stevens challenged the goal for interference against Quick, but video review showed defenseman Oscar Fantenberg caused Anaheim forward Corey Perry to contact the goalie.

Video: LAK@ANA: Kempe finishes off pretty passing play

Kings forward Adrian Kempe scored his seventh goal with 59 seconds left in the second to make it 3-2. Los Angeles kept the puck in the Anaheim zone with a sustained forecheck, and Tyler Toffoli centered the puck to Tanner Pearson, who backhanded a no-look pass to Kempe below the right circle for a sharp-angled, one-timer high into the net.

"Certainly gratifying that the guys just stuck with it," Stevens said. "There's lots of times where we could have thought that it wasn't our night."

The Ducks started the game strong and took a 1-0 lead at 6:01 of the first period on a goal by Boll, his first since March 20, 2016.

Defenseman Brandon Montour brought the puck through center ice with speed and took a shot from the right circle that was blocked by Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin. Montour recovered the puck and took it behind the net for a sharp-angled shot from the left of the net that was blocked by Los Angeles defenseman Alec Martinez. The puck caromed toward Boll, who shot it into the net with Quick out of position.

The Ducks stretched the lead to 2-0 when Sami Vatanen scored at 12:26 of the first, one second after a five-minute major interference penalty on Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid for a hit against forward Ondrej Kase ended.

MacDermid was given a game misconduct, and Kase left the game with an upper-body injury.

Kopitar scored his Kings-leading eighth goal at 16:58 of the first period to make it 2-1. He had 12 goals in 76 games last season.

Gibson made 30 saves.

Video: LAK@ANA: Vatanen wires wrister past Quick

 

Goal of the game

Shore's goal with 1:09 left in overtime.

Video: LAK@ANA: Shore wires wrister to win it in overtime

 

Save of the game

Quick's poke save on Chris Wagner at 1:05 of overtime.

Video: LAK@ANA: Quick stops Wagner with perfect poke check

 

Highlight of the game

Brown's game-tying, power-play goal at 5:49 of the third.

Video: LAK@ANA: Brown taps in Iafallo's pass for PPG

 

They said it

"There's really no quit in here. We get down two goals early, but it seemed like there was a sense of calmness on the bench. Nobody panicked. Nobody was running around like a maniac." -- Kings captain Anze Kopitar

 

"We all have to be ready to contribute. Happy to get that point, but a little frustrated we couldn't get that second one to cap it off." -- Ducks goalie Ryan Miller on their injuries

 

Need to know

The Ducks have lost four in a row for the first time since starting 0-3-1 last season. ... Anaheim's Derek Grant had an assist on Rakell's goal to extend his point streak to five games. The 27-year-old forward, who has played for five teams in five NHL seasons, has a goal and four assists during the streak, and has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past nine games after he had no goals and seven assists in his first 92 games in the League. ... The Ducks are 36-for-41 (87.8 percent) on the penalty kill in their past 10 games. ... Anaheim was 0-for-5 on the power play. ... The Kings are 25-9 all-time in 3-on-3 overtime, the best record in the NHL.

 

What's next

Kings: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; SN, FS-W, SUN, NHL.TV)

Ducks: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, SNP, NHL.TV)

 

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