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Ducks hang on, defeat Kings for second win in seven games

Miller makes 15 saves with Anaheim clinging to one-goal lead; L.A. drops to 0-8-1 in past nine on road

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Silfverberg's one-time PPG

LAK@ANA: Silfverberg one-times PPG from the circle

Jakob Silfverberg winds up and cranks a one-time slap shot into the twine for a power-play goal, doubling the Ducks' lead in the 1st

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ANAHEIM -- Derek Grant scored two goals for the Anaheim Ducks in a 4-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center on Monday.

Hampus Lindholm tied his NHL career high with three assists, Carter Rowney had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Miller made 33 saves in his seventh start of the season for Anaheim (12-12-4). The Ducks won for the first time in three games (1-1-1) and second in their past seven (2-3-2).

 

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Anaheim's fourth line of Nicolas Deslauriers, Grant and Rowney played a role in all four goals.

"As a team, when you're struggling to score goals, you're going to take them from anywhere," Grant said. "It's something that, for our team to be successful, we need all four lines to chip in at different times. We did that tonight."

Kurtis MacDermid and Nikolai Prokhorkin scored, and Jack Campbell made 16 saves for the Kings (11-15-2), who dropped to 0-8-1 in their past nine road games.

"It seems to me that we don't bring the same energy on the road as we do at home," Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said. "We take a lot of jabs, we get knocked down, we slowly pick ourselves up off the mat, and then it's too late. Can't play that way. So we've got some things we need to address."

Rowney scored at 6:57 of the second period to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead. Lindholm passed the puck from the left face-off circle through traffic in front of the net to Rowney coming through the right circle for a high shot that beat a sprawled Campbell.

Video: LAK@ANA: Rowney finishes nice feed from Lindholm

The Kings failed to score on a 5-on-3 that lasted 20 seconds, but nine seconds after the Ducks returned to even strength, Prokhorkin made it 3-2.

He split two Anaheim defenders and faked Miller out of position before scoring with a backhand from in close at 11:42 of the second.

Grant scored into an empty net with 38 seconds left for his second goal of the night and sixth in eight games to make it 4-2.

Miller made 15 saves between Prohorkin's goal and Grant's empty-net goal.

Grant gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead at 5:14 of the first period. He had his back to Campbell in front of the crease for a one-timer from Deslauriers. Campbell made the save, but Grant spun away from MacDermid and backhanded the rebound into the net.

Video: LAK@ANA: Grant buries loose puck in front

Rowney drew a slashing penalty against Tyler Toffoli on an odd-man rush, and Jakob Silfverberg scored on the ensuing power play with a one-timer from the right face-off dot for a 2-0 lead at 9:47 of the first.

Anaheim entered the game next to last in the NHL on the power play (10.0 percent) but scored on its only chance. Los Angeles, which had won two of its previous three games, was 0-for-2.

"We thought it was important, especially against a team that had been playing well as of late, to do our best to get ahead in that game," Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said.

MacDermid made it 2-1 at 6:01 of the second when his point shot went through traffic and off Miller's glove.

The Kings outshot the Ducks 19-6 in the second.

"We didn't get the start that we wanted, but I think after the first (period) we got some legs and found ourselves," Los Angeles forward Michael Amadio said.

 

They said it

"We still had some guys at the end of the night that didn't have a big impact, and they're guys that we count on. I understand that there's some 'off' nights, but we've got to get more guys having 'on' nights when it comes to road games." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan

"They just do everything that's asked of them. They play a very, very simple game, and I think playing a simple game has a great advantage. And, again, tonight those guys leading the way was very important to our success." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins on the fourth line of Nicolas Deslauriers, Derek Grant and Carter Rowney

 

Need to know

Prokhorkin, a rookie forward, has scored in consecutive games and has three goals in the past four. ... Ducks goalie John Gibson missed the game because of illness. Anthony Stolarz was recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League to back up Miller. ... Anaheim is 19-6-5 in the past 30 games against Los Angeles. ... Ducks forward Devin Shore and defenseman Michael Del Zotto were in the lineup after Shore was a healthy scratch the previous three games and Del Zotto the previous four. ... Anaheim improved to 12-3-1 this season when getting outshot by its opponent. ... Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf had an assist on Grant's empty-net goal and has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the past eight games.

 

What's next

Kings: Host the Washington Capitals on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN, FS-W, NBCSWA, NHL.TV)

Ducks: Host the Washington Capitals on Friday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNE, SNO, SNP, KCOP-13, NBCSWA+, NHL.TV)

Video: Grant, Miller lead Ducks to 4-2 win vs. Kings

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