By Adam Brady (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ANAHEIM – The Ducks lived by the power play and died by the power play in a disappointing 4-3 defeat to the Kings at Honda Center.
Man advantage goals by Teemu Selanne in the second period and Ryan Getzlaf in the third helped the Ducks catch the Kings after an early deficit, but two power play responses by the Kings ultimately put the game out of reach.
|The Ducks tied the game in the third, but two power play goals from the Kings the rest of the way did them in.
"We’re disappointed," said Scott Niedermayer. "I think for the most part we worked hard and did a lot of things we wanted to do. Obviously, we had some mistakes happen and some dumb decisions. The Kings played a good game as well. We just had the breakdowns and the plays that gave the game away."
The Ducks trailed 2-1 going into the third, but Getzlaf quickly erased that lead on a pretty goal with the Ducks skating 5-on-4. Getzlaf made a slick deke move in the slot to elude defenseman Michal Handzus before slinging a wrist shot top shelf.
But the Kings got that lead back 9:35 into the period, mere seconds after Scott Niedermayer was sent to the penalty box for slashing. Dustin Brown got his stick on a Kyle Quincey shot from the point to tip it past Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller.
Another Niedermayer infraction gave the Kings a 5-on-3 with a little more than six minutes left in the game when the Ducks captain slammed into goalie Jonathan Quick behind the net, sparking a melee in which the goalie punched Niedermayer with his catching glove. Niedermayer was tagged with a charging call and a roughing minor, joining brother Rob Niedermayer, who was already in the box for cross checking. The Kings took quick advantage, as Anze Kopitar took a feed from Brown right in front of the Anaheim net and roofed it for a two-goal lead.
"On my part, to end up in the box like that, you’re not going to win by doing that," Niedermayer said.
Said coach Randy Carlyle of Niedermayer, "He’s trying to carry the team. It’s very plain to see that he’s trying to do things that are going to make a difference for our hockey club. Sometimes it works. He’s human. He is going to make mistakes, but you have to appreciate the will and the effort that he puts in."
The Ducks managed to get one back less than a minute later, as Getzlaf dropped the puck back to Chris Kunitz near the left wing wall and Kunitz threw a wrist shot on net that sent the water bottle flying.
But that would prove too little too late for Anaheim, which couldn’t find the net over the final moments, even when they pulled Hiller for the last half-minute.
It was the fourth defeat in the last six for Anaheim and the second straight to the rival Kings, who with the victory clinched the Freeway Face-Off rivalry series. With three wins and an overtime loss in the six games between the teams, the Kings edged the Ducks in the series with seven points to Anaheim’s six. The Ducks will make a $50,000 donation to the Kings’ charity of choice.
|Selanne's power play goal (above) in the second and Getzlaf's in the third got the Ducks even temporarily.
The Ducks gave up the first goal for a maddening 11th time in the last 12 games when Jarret Stoll one-timed a Kyle Calder feed 12:56 into the first period. And it got worse for Anaheim when the Kings took a 2-0 lead halfway through the second period. Patrick O’Sullivan dove past Todd Marchant with an outstretched stick to chip a loose puck over Hiller.
Soon afterward, the Ducks cut into the lead when Teemu Selanne scored his first power play goal in the nine games since he came back from missing significant time with a lacerated quad muscle. After a Getzlaf centering pass was knocked down by Kings sticks, Selanne jumped on the loose puck in the slot and sent it underneath Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. It was the 14th power play goal of the year for Selanne, still good enough to tie for third in the NHL.
It was a tough swan song at home for Anaheim before it heads out on a road trip that will see the team play six games in 13 days, all against teams currently in playoff position. That starts with a battle with another longtime rival, the Detroit Red Wings, on Friday night.
"I think what we have to do is just realize that we have an opportunity and a challenge in front of us," said Scott Niedermayer. "We have to try and meet it. You can forget what the plan was back in September right now. We just have to deal with what is in front of us."
20:00 - END OF GAME - The Ducks can't get the puck into the L.A. zone in the closing seconds and lose it, 4-3.
19:37 - Ducks call timeout and come out of it with Hiller on the bench for an extra skater.
19:37 - The Ducks tease the house a bit when Perry feeds Selanne on the rush, but the Ducks are whistled for offside.
18:30 - Ninety seconds left and the Ducks need some help.
17:19 - Perry tries a wraparound and it's saved by Quick. The Ducks try to jab at the rebound to no avail.
17:15 - Right after he gets slammed into the wall by Getzlaf, Richardson sticks his leg out and trips Kunitz. Somehow all four officials missed that.
16:43 - Ryan slings a one-timer on net that Quick stops. The kid can't buy one tonight and he's not too happy about it. .
16:20 - ANAHEIM GOAL - CHRIS KUNITZ - Ryan Getzlaf fights with Matt Greene for the puck in the corner and wins, sending it back to Kunitz along the wall. He whips a shot on net that flies over Quick's shoulder and pops the water bottle. This thing's not even close to over. It's 4-3 Kings.
15:23 - LOS ANGELES GOAL (POWER PLAY) - ANZE KOPITAR The Kings move the puck well against the 3-man Ducks penalty kill unit, as Dustin Brown gets the puck near the post and sends a pass across the crease to Kopitar, who expertly catches it and roofs it. It's 4-2 Kings.
Scoring change on the last Kings goal, as they determine Brown tipped it.
13:50 - Lengthy 5-on-3 for the Kings.
13:48 - ANA Penalty - Scott Niedermayer, 2 min. charging and 2 min. roughing and LAK Penalty - Kyle Quincey, 2 min. roughing. Niedermayer chases the puck behind the Kings net and slams hard into Quick, sparking a melee in which Quincey goes after Niedermayer and Quick punches Niedermayer in the face with his catching glove.
13:37 - ANA Penalty - Rob Niedermayer, 2 min. cross checking. Exactly what the Ducks didn't
need right now.
13:29 - Niedermayer takes a pass in the slot from little brother and has only Quick to beat. He tries to deke to his forehand, but Quick isn't fooled. Big opportunity for Anaheim slips away.
12:40 - Bobby Ryan
throws Brad Richardson into the glass, drawing a cheer.
9:35 - LOS ANGELES GOAL (POWER PLAY) - DUSTIN BROWN (scoring change from earlier) - Not long after the Niedermayer penalty, Quincey tags a slap shot from the high slot that past Hiller, and it's tipped through by a screening Brown. Ducks go down 3-2, as the game's last three goals have come on the PP.
9:23 - ANA Penalty - Scott Niedermayer, 2 min. slashing. Could be costly.
8:50 - Hiller makes a big save as Doughty weaves his way to a wide-open point blank shot.
7:33 - ANA Penalty - Bobby Ryan
, 2 min. holding the stick and LAK Penalty - Peter Harrold, 2 min. hooking. Ryan and Harrold get locked up and both get sent off.
6:50 - Bobby Ryan
is taken down behind the L.A. net by what looks like a high stick from O'Donnell. No call.
5:35 - Scary moment for Anaheim as Hiller has the puck pinned against the post, but can't cover it. That leads to a big pileup in front of the net, but no damage.
3:55 - A strreaking Ebbett has a chance after a nice Scott Niedermayer feed, but his backhand is thwarted.
1:52 - LAK Penalty - Matt Greene, 2 min. cross checking. This crowd is pumped.
1:29 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - RYAN GETZLAF - Absolutely sick play by Getzlaf, who gets the puck from Perry just inside the blue line, dekes Michal Handzus out of his jock and slings a wrist shot top shelf to tie the game. I'm just gonna say it -- he's a pretty good player. It's 2-2.
1:03 - LAK Penalty - Jack Johnson, 2 min. interference. Kunitz tries to send the puck off the wall and chase it into the zone, but Jack Johnson jumps in front of him and shoves him down. I hate his music too.
0:00 - Here we go in the third, the Ducks needing a goal. Oh, and also not one from L.A.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks go down two goals when O'Sullivan strikes halfway through, but they get one back from Selanne on the power play to trail 2-1.
19:28 - Montador breaks behind the defense to pick up the puck, but his wrist shot flies wide. Doesn't matter. He was offside.
18:59 - ANA Penalty - Teemu Selanne
, 2 min. interference. Selanne runs into Handzus in the middle of the ice. Bad break for Anaheim. The crowd does not like the call.
18:20 - Bobby Ryan
looks to have a sure goal as he one-times one from the left wing circle, but Quick slides over the take it in the chest. Missed target for Ryan.
17:31 - LAK Penalty - Alexander Frolov, 2 min. hooking. Frolov hooks Montador from behind near the Anaheim net.
17:05 - The Ducks dodge a bullet and Kopitar can't handle the puck on a one-timer while looking at an empty net.
15:39 - ANA Penalty - Travis Moen, 2 min. hooking. After a Ducks turnover in their zone, Moen hooks a Kings player while trying to get it back.
14:57 - And another one.
14:35 - Hiller makes two very slick saves in a row. Looking strong.
10:34 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - TEEMU SELANNE - Getzlaf gets the puck down low from Scott Niedermayer and tries to center it, but it hits a couple of Kings sticks. The puck is bouncing in the slot when Selanne pounces on it and send it under Quick. First power play goal for Selanne in the nine games since he came back from the injury, and his 14th overall (tied for third in the league). Absolutely huge goal for Anaheim.
10:19 - LAK Penalty - Jarrett Stoll, 2 min. tripping. Stoll gets tangled with Kunitz and Kuni goes down to the ice hard face first. He appears okay.
It's Kiss Cam time and one girl gets denied as her guy refuses to look up when she taps him on the shoulder and points to the video board. Then they come back to that same couple and he finally looks up with an embarrassed look on his face and flips off the camera. Classy move, dude. He gets justifiably booed.
9:18 - LOS ANGELES GOAL - PATRICK O'SULLIVAN - Matt Greene takes a shot from the point that bounces hard off Hiller. The puck falls to the ice, where O'Sullivan dives around Todd Marchant and reaches out with the stick, chipping it over Hiller. It's 2-0 Kings and I feel nauseous.
7:52 - Perry is right around Quick waiting for a rebound when he's shoved from behind by one King and confronted by Matt Greene. That leads to a mini-fracas against the glass. No penalties handed out.
7:28 - A welcome penalty kill for Anaheim.
5:28 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry
, 2 min. slashing. Right after Perry tries to redirect a Festerling pass, he's clotheslined by Jack Johnson. Then as Perry is on the ground, Getzlaf pushes Johnson and Perry ill-advisedly hits him in the shin with his stick.
3:50 - Selanne makes a nice feed to Kunitz in the slot, but he can't manage to get good stick on it.
3:07 - Hiller stands strong as O'Sullivan tries to force his way in.
1:05 - Just as the power play is expiring, Perry feeds Niedermayer for a one-timer from the low wing and Quick makes a sprawling save.
0:00 - Here we go in the second, the Ducks with 1:04 of power play time.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks own most of the period, but are on the wrong side of the scoreboard once again. They trail 1-0.
19:50 - Getzlaf nicely fakes a shot and feeds Selanne, who slings it on net and it's blocked by Doughty.
19:03 - LAK Penalty - Matt Greene, 2 min. hooking. Selanne and Ebbett play give-and-go, and Ebbett is pulled down from behind as he tries to one-time a Selanne feed.
16:58 - Mike Brown and Wayne Simmonds drop the gloves in front of the Ducks bench. Brown gets in several hard rights to the back of Simmonds head, before pulling Simmonds down on top of himself.
16:07 - The puck gets deflected into the Ducks bench, and somehow J.S. Giguere catches it with his glove. (Smart-aleck comment deleted.)
On second glance, Hiller's new mask is drastically different from the old one, and even has an old Mighty Ducks logo on the side. We'll have to get a picture of that.
The tennis balls are in their usual spot, but there is a third one a row behind them. That's new.
14:53 - Kopitar gets some open ice with just Niedermayer on his side, but his wrist shot is nicely saved by Hiller.
12:56 - LOS ANGELES GOAL - JARRET STOLL - Kyle Calder races down the left wing, getting around Niedermayer before sending a pass to the top of the crease, where Stoll bats it through. It's the 11th time in the last 12 the Ducks have gone down 1-0.
10:40 - Getzlaf surprisingly whips it in net from a few feet in front of the blueline, looking for a tip by Perry. But he tips it into over the glass.
9:18 - LAK Penalty - Raitis Ivanans, 2 min. elbowing. And guess what? It's Ebbett he gets in the face behind the Anaheim net. Did he re-break the nose? At least this one was a freakin' penalty.
Do you think Sean O'Donnell is mad they gave Sheldon Brookbank his old number?
1:50 - Parros crashes the net to receive a Morrison feed, but can't force it through. Ducks putting a lot of pressure on the L.A. net in the early going.
Please don't give up the first goal, please don't give up the first goal...
1:06 - Getzlaf deftly steals the puck behind the Kings net and makes a blind feed in the slot to Ryan, whose shot is tragically saved by Quick.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center.
Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jonas Hiller
; LAK Jonathan Quick
Starting Skaters - ANA Sheldon Brookbank
, Chris Pronger, Teemu Selanne
, Chris Kunitz, Andrew Ebbett
Scratches - ANA Ryan Carter
, Brendan Mikkelson
; LAK Oscar Moller, John Zeiler