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Kings 3, Mighty Ducks 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

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Kings 3, Mighty Ducks 1
Anaheim Ducks 1, Los Angeles Kings 3

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jason LaBarbera knows he won't get consecutive starts in goal no matter how he well plays - at least for the time being. That's fine with him, especially if he stays unbeaten.

The rookie made 29 saves to run his record to 5-0, and Mike Cammalleri, Luc Robitaille and Craig Conroy scored goals in the Los Angeles Kings' 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Tuesday night.

LaBarbera matched the best start by a goalie in franchise history. Daniel Berthiaume won his first five decisions in 1990-91 as Kelly Hrudey's backup. LaBarbera has yet to allow more than two goals in any start, and has stopped 126 of 132 shots.

"When I first got here, I think I was a little overwhelmed for the first couple of weeks," LaBarbera said. "But for me, it was just a matter of being comfortable and learning the whole surroundings. It all comes down to practice. I mean, if you feel good in practice, you're going to feel good in the game."

LaBarbera is sharing the workload with another rookie, Mathieu Garon, who is 2-3 with a 3.19 goals-against average.

"People have wondered about our goaltending - and it's only the first 10 games - but I think our guys have played at a really high level," coach Andy Murray said. "It's a challenge every game to show that they can keep it going at this level, and we're going to keep using both of them."

LaBarbera's bid for his first NHL shutout was spoiled by Andy McDonald with 12:26 to play. McDonald beat him through the pads with a 25-foot wrist shot from the left circle after Todd Fedoruk threaded a perfect backhand pass through three Kings.

"It was a pretty solid pass. I thought the guys were going to pick it off, but it went right to him and he made a good shot," LaBarbera said.

Conroy added an insurance goal with 16 seconds left, converting a rebound of Alexander Frolov's shot seconds after Anaheim killed off a hooking penalty against Petr Sykora.

The Kings won the first of eight meetings this season between the Southern California rivals without Jeremy Roenick, who was sidelined by groin and hamstring injures. They lead the series 29-22 and have played 11 ties. The Ducks are 1-9 with two ties in their last 12 games at Staples Center.

"Personally, I hate losing to those guys," Teemu Selanne said. "We've got to find a way to beat them in this building. We haven't had much success here, so we have to keep focusing on that. At home, we're fine. But for some reason, this place has been tough for us, so it's a mission for us."

Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves in his third straight start, while Jean-Sebastien Giguere remained sidelined by a groin injury. Giguere said he expected to start Wednesday night in Anaheim against the Calgary Flames.

The Kings had a goal nullified when Eric Belanger redirected Aaron Miller's long slap into the net with a high stick at 9:02 of the first period. But they opened the scoring just 10 seconds before intermission, as Cammalleri converted a rebound of defenseman Lubomir Visovsky's one-timer during a 5-on-3 power play.

Ducks defenseman Ruslan Salei was the second man sent to the penalty box, getting a delay-of-game infraction for clearing the puck over the glass 28 seconds after a hooking call against teammate Joe DiPenta.

Robitaille made it 2-0 at 16:59 of the second, deflecting Joe Corvo's one-timer over Bryzgalov's left shoulder for his 657th career goal and 546th with the Kings. Robitaille is four shy of Marcel Dionne's club record.

The Kings' 7-2-0 start is their best since 1990-91, when they finished 46-24-10 and won a division title before losing in the second round of the playoffs.

Notes: Sergei Fedorov, who has 29 goals and 49 points in 50 career games against the Kings, missed his sixth straight game because of a groin strain. ... The Ducks haven't scored a second-period goal in five straight games and seven of their last eight. The last time there was an NHL season, the Kings outscored the Ducks 10-0 in the middle period and won the season series 4-1-1.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Mike Cammalleri (2) ASST: Pavol Demitra (5), Lubomir Visnovsky (8)
1 - 0 LAK
2nd Period
Luc Robitaille (4) ASST: Derek Armstrong (7), Joe Corvo (2)
2 - 0 LAK
3rd Period
Andy McDonald (2) ASST: Todd Fedoruk (3), Scott Niedermayer (3)
2 - 1 LAK
Craig Conroy (3) ASST: Alex Frolov (4), Eric Belanger (4)
3 - 1 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
Scott Niedermayer  Holding against  Pavol Demitra
Teemu Selanne  Tripping against  Aaron Miller
Alex Frolov  Hooking against  Scott Niedermayer
Joe Dipenta  Hooking against  Dustin Brown
Ruslan Salei  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
George Parros  Hi-sticking against  Jonathan Hedstrom
2nd Period
Kip Brennan  Hi-sticking against  Pavol Demitra
Kip Brennan  Hi-sticking against  Pavol Demitra
Joffrey Lupul  Hooking against  Eric Belanger
Craig Conroy  Hooking against  Jonathan Hedstrom
Lubomir Visnovsky  Hooking
3rd Period
Tom Kostopoulos  Holding against  Rob Niedermayer
Eric Belanger  Holding against  Andy McDonald
Luc Robitaille  Holding against  Corey Perry
Petr Sykora  Hooking against  Craig Conroy
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .909SH: 2 - 2
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 18 - 18
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