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Kings defeat Ducks, end 11-game road winless streak

Quick makes 36 saves for Los Angeles, which had been 0-10-1 in run

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Quick denies Mahura in the 3rd

LAK@ANA: Quick blockers away Mahura's quick shot

Jonathan Quick knocks away Josh Mahura's snap shot with his blocker to preserve a 2-1 third-period lead for the Kings

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ANAHEIM -- Jonathan Quick made 36 saves and the Los Angeles Kings ended an 11-game road winless streak with a 2-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Thursday.

Matt Luff and Jeff Carter scored, and Tyler Toffoli had two assists for the Kings (13-18-2), who were 0-10-1 on the road since a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 22.

"Good team effort, great goaltending," Kings coach Todd McLellan said. "You need all of those things to win, especially on the road."

 

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Derek Grant scored, and John Gibson made 25 saves for the Ducks (13-15-4), who were trying to win two in a row for the first time since Nov. 1.

"We were playing with a little more desperation," Grant said. "We got good control and some good looks, but their goalie played well and we couldn't get it done tonight."

Quick has saved 65 of 67 shots in his past two starts. 

"Even the goal we scored, he still got a piece of it," Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. "He was certainly on his game tonight."

Anaheim had a season-high 15 shots on goal in the first period, but the Kings scored the only goal at 18:31.

Matt Roy took a one-timer from the right point. Gibson saved Luff's tip, but the puck went to Toffoli to the right of the net. Toffoli's shot attempt went under a sprawling Gibson and through the crease to Luff, who scored into the open side for a 1-0 lead.

Video: LAK@ANA: Luff spots loose puck, taps it in for opener

The Ducks committed two minor penalties 1:12 apart early in the second period and Carter scored six seconds into the 5 on 3 on a one-timer from the left to make it 2-0 at 4:27.

Grant scored a power-play goal on a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle off Jakob Silfverberg's backhand pass from the slot to cut it to 2-1 at 5:12 of the third period.

The Ducks came into the game 30th in the NHL in power-play efficiency (11.4 percent).

"Our power play has had some good looks recently," Grant said. "We've been converting a little bit more, but it's something we've got to keep working on. ... In a lot of games, that's the difference." 

Anaheim was the first stop in a six-game road trip for Los Angeles.

"We've got to come back with a bunch of wins because we want to climb out of this last spot in our conference," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "We want to try and make a push to get up in the standings."

Video: LAK@ANA: Carter pots PPG from sharp angle

 

They said it

"Our game has improved incrementally and slowly, but not dramatically over the past two or three weeks. We've been playing the same game, we just haven't been getting the wins or a bounce here or there. Maybe now it will start to go our way." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan

"I thought we were engaged the whole night. A good team effort but, again, we've got to find a way to not just get the puck to the goal line a couple times, but over it." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins

 

Need to know

Roy has four points (one goal, three assists) in an NHL career-high three-game point streak. ... Toffoli has four points (one goal, three assists) in the past two games. ... The Ducks assigned defenseman Brendan Guhle to San Diego of the American Hockey League before the game. ... Silfverberg has a goal and two assists in a three-game point streak.

 

What's next

Kings: At the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, FS-W, NHL.TV) 

Ducks: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday (4 p.m. ET; PRIME, MSG, NHL.TV) 

Video: Luff, Carter score to propel Kings to 2-1 victory

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