Kings 4, Ducks 3 (Shootout)
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Lubomir Visnovsky scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of a shootout to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 victory over the Ducks on Sunday at Honda Center.
Veteran goaltender Sean Burke stopped 38 shots for Los Angeles.
"I think you have to give our guys a lot of credit," said Burke. "That's an excellent hockey club over there and we matched them shift for shift for two games."
Chris Kunitz, Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf tallied in the game for the Ducks who gained a point in the standings and lead the Pacific Division at 35-16-9 with 79 points. Second place San Jose currently stands at 73 points.
"If we play like that, we'll have no problems with anybody," said Selanne. "I'm not worried that we lost a point. I'm very happy with how we played. When you have over 40 shots and double their amount of scoring chances, you know you have done some good things."
Selanne also hit another career milestone in the contest. His third period goal was the 301st in his career with Anaheim making him the franchise's all-time leader in that category. Paul Kariya originally held the franchise mark with 300 tallies.
"Obviously it's an honor with all the great players who have been here," said Selanne. It's a really nice bonus."
The Kings took a 1-0 lead into the dressing room after one period thanks to a power play goal by Visnovsky. Visnovsky unloaded a slap shot from the point that caught a piece of Rob Niedermayer's stick on its way into the top-righthand corner at 13:04.
Anaheim tied the contest 1:54 into the second period. Kunitz took a pass in the high slot from linemate Teemu Selanne and fired a wrist shot past Los Angeles netminder Sean Burke for his 20th goal of the season.
The Kings got back on top with another power play goal, this one by Michael Cammalleri at 7:46 of the second period. Cammalleri ripped a slap shot that hit JS Giguere and trickled over the line to give the Ducks a 2-1 second period lead.
The Ducks struck again at the beginning of the third period when Selanne picked up his 301st goal in an Anaheim uniform. Selanne got a wrist shot up over Burke short-side to tie the contest 2-2 at 1:01.
Los Angeles regained the lead at 3:49 as Derek Armstrong potted his 10th goal of the season off a rebound of a Cammalleri shot to put the Kings in front 3-2.
Anaheim once again answered with a Getzlaf power play goal at 10:34. Getzlaf played a nifty give-and-go with a behind-the-back pass to Selanne. Selanne's return pass set Getzlaf up with an empty net to tie the contest 3-3.
"I just tried to hit his stick," said Selanne. "It was a nice bit of chemistry."
The Ducks got a scare in the overtime period when a Visnovsky slap shot seemed to catch Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger in the face.
"The majority of the puck hit him in the chin, so we were fortunate in that respect," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "It didn't do as much damage as we thought it did at first. But it was pretty awful when we first saw it."
Visnovsky, the sixth shooter for the Kings in the shootout, beat Giguere with a backhand through the five-hole to earn the Kings the extra point.
The Ducks next face the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday at Honda Center.
Goaltenders: ANA JS Giguere, LA Sean Burke
1. ANA - Ryan Getzlaf - GOAL
2. LA - Michael Cammalleri - NO GOAL (SAVE)
3. ANA - Teemu Selanne - NO GOAL (SAVE)
4. LA - Anze Kopitar - GOAL
5. ANA - Corey Perry - NO GOAL (POST)
6. LA - Patrick O'Sullivan - NO GOAL (SAVE)
7. ANA - Chris Kunitz - GOAL
8. LA - Jamie Lundmark - GOAL
9. ANA - Andy McDonald - NO GOAL (SAVE)
10. LA - Dustin Brown - NO GOAL (SAVE)
11. ANA - Rob Niedermayer - NO GOAL (SAVE)
12. LA - Lubomir Visnovsky - GOAL
5:00 - END OF OVERTIME - FINAL SHOTS: ANA 1-42, LA 3-24
3:33 - ANA PEN - Bench - 2 min for too many men on the ice.
0:48 - Chris Pronger takes a shot to the face off the stick of Lubomir Visnovsky and immediately leaves the ice surface for the dressing room.
0:00 - Overtime is under way between the Ducks and Kings at Honda Center. LA will have 41 seconds remaining on their power play.
20:00 - END OF 3RD PERIOD. SHOTS ON GOALANA 14-41, LA 7-21.
18:44 - ANA PEN - Scott Niedermayer - 2 min for tripping. The teams will skate 4-on-4 for 28 seconds before LA's power play.
17:12 - LA PEN - Patrick O'Sullivan - 2 min for hooking.
11:45 - ANA PEN - Chris Kunitz - 2 min for interference. Kunitz lays a huge hit on Lubomir Visnovsky at the Anaheim blue line but gets called on the interference.
10:34 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - RYAN GETZLAF (21). Getzlaf plays a nifty give-and-go with a behind the back pass to Teemu Selanne. Selanne's return pass sets Getzlaf up with an open net to tie the contest 3-3. Selanne and Scott Niedermayer pick up assists.
9:52 - LA PEN - Michael Cammalleri - 2 min for interference. Anaheim is 1-for-5 on the power play.
3:49 - LOS ANGELES GOAL - DEREK ARMSTRONG (10). Armstrong puts home a rebound to regain the lead for the Kings. Michael Cammalleri and Brent Sopel get the assists on the goal.
1:01 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - TEEMU SELANNE (36). Selanne beats Sean Burke from the right face off circle with a wrist shot to tie the contest 2-2. Selanne's goal gives him 301 as a Ducks passing Paul Kariya for the Ducks all-time record. Assists on the marker go to Scott Niedermayer and Dustin Penner.
0:12 - LA PEN - Tom Kostopoulos - 2 min for tripping.
0:00 - The third period is under way.
20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 12-27, LA 8-13
15:08 - LA PEN - Aaron Miller - 2 min for hooking. The Ducks go on their fourth power play.
10:55 - ANA PEN - Corey Perry - 2 min for hooking. LA goes on their fourth power play - they are 2-for-3.
8:25 - LA PEN - Mike Weaver - 2 min for tripping. Anaheim goes on their third power play - they are 0-for-2 so far.
7:46 - LOS ANGELES GOAL - POWER PLAY - MICHAEL CAMMALLERI (24). Cammalleri gets a slap shot by JS Giguere to give LA a 2-1 lead. The assists go to Anze Kopitar and Lubomir Visnovski.
6:48 - ANA PEN - Rob Niedermayer - 2 min for hooking. LA will have 22 seconds of two man advantage.
5:09 - ANA PEN - Shane O'Brien - 2 min for hooking. LA goes on their second power play - they are 1-for-1 with the man advantage.
1:54 - ANAHEIM GOAL - CHRIS KUNITZ (20). Kunitz takes a pass from Teemu Selanne in high slot and fires a wrist shot past Sean Burke to tie the contest 1-1. The assists go to Selanne and Andy McDonald.
0:00 - The second period is under way at Honda Center.
20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD. SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 15, LA 5.
16:10 - LA PEN - Micheal Cammalleri - 2 min for hooking. Anaheim goes on their second power play of the period.
13:04 - LOS ANGELES GOAL - POWER PLAY - LUBOMIR VISNOVSKY (15). Visnovsky unloads a slap shot from the point the grabs a piece of Rob Niedermayer's stick on it's way into the top-righthand corner. Assists on the goal go to Michael Cammalleri and Anze Kopitar.
12:49 - ANA PEN - Andy McDonald - 2 min for interference. LA has a 17.1%-efficient power play (T-19th NHL). Anaheim is killing at 84.9% (5th NHL)
4:35 - LA PEN - Brent Sopel - 2 min for hooking. Anaheim goes on their first power play. The Ducks are operating at 21% (3rd NHL) with the man advantage this season. LA is killing at 78.5% (T-27th NHL).
0:00 - The first period is under way at Honda Center between the Ducks and Kings.
Starters: ANA G 35 JS Giguere, RW 8 Teemu Selanne, C 19 Andy McDonald, LW 14 Chris Kunitz, D 27 Scott Niedermayer, D 23 Francois Beauchemin; LA G 1 Sean Burke, RW 29 Tom Kostopoulos, C 7 Derek Armstrong, LW 41 Raitis Ivanans, D 17 Lubomir Visnovsky, D 4 Rob Blake.
Scratches: ANA 22 C Todd Marchant, 33 D Joe DiPenta; LA C 10 Alyn McCauley, D 14 Mattias Norstrom, D 28 Oleg Tverdovsky.
The Anaheim Ducks still remain one of the top teams in the Western Conference despite not having won three straight games in more than two months.
The Pacific Division-leading Ducks will have a chance to change that and continue their strong play over the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Sunday in the finale of a home-and-home series.
Anaheim (35-16-8), which holds the No. 2 seed in the West, hasn't had a three-game winning streak since a season high-tying five-game run from Dec. 6-13. That can change with a win Sunday against Los Angeles (19-31-10), which lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Ducks on Saturday.
Corey Perry beat the Kings' Mathieu Garon for the game-winner. Teemu Selanne scored his NHL-leading 19th power-play goal and 35th of the season plus had an assist as the Ducks won back-to-back games after losing 13 of their previous 19 games.
"Tomorrow we will have the same game plan - try to get on them early," said Perry.
The Ducks won in a shootout for the third time in nine tries and second over the Kings. Anaheim is 4-1-0 against Los Angeles this season.
Selanne has five points in his last two games after being held scoreless in his previous two. He has three goals, all on the power play, and four assists in five games against Los Angeles this season.
"It's always fun to play against those guys," Selanne said. "They work hard, they have a lot of great young players and their defense is really good, too. I'm shocked they're so down in the standings because I really believe they have a better team."
Sunday will mark the second time this season the two Southern California rivals will play each other on consecutive nights. Each won on the other's home ice in games on Dec. 2-3.
Los Angeles earned a point Saturday giving it a conference-low 48. The Kings have lost 14 of their last 17.
"We want to win," Kings coach Marc Crawford said. "You can never be happy if you don't get two points. In the shootout, if we'd have shown a bit more finish on any of those shots we could have won.
"It was a spirited game. It's going to be more of the same tomorrow."
Alexander Frolov scored his team-leading 31st goal on the power play in the first period and rookie star Anze Kopitar tied the game with 5:14 to play in regulation. Kopitar leads all first-year players with 60 games played, but is second with 52 points - 13 behind Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin.
Frolov, who is having a career year in his fourth NHL season, has scored a goal in three of his last four games. He's had three in his last two against Anaheim.
- Associated Press