By Adam Brady
ANAHEIM – For the last two months, the Ducks and Kings have been holding a contest with fans to come up with a name for their rivalry.
Just for tonight, the word “thrilling” would suffice.
The rivalry that (with more than 4,800 votes) was officially coined “Freeway Faceoff” with an announcement during tonight’s telecast of the game, did not disappoint the sellout crowd of 17,147 in Honda Center on this night.
The Ducks spoiled another third-period comeback by the Kings, outdueling them in a shootout, 4-3. Corey Perry and Andy McDonald each connected in the shootout, the second straight game in which McDonald has clinched it in the tiebreaker. It was also the third straight shootout victory for the Ducks, who have played five overtime games in the last seven.
"That was a big way to finish after letting up in the third period and giving up those two goals," said Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf. "It was a big battle back and finish for us. We gutted it out and got it done. "
The Kings made their second third-period comeback in a row, though certainly not on the level of the one Saturday night. In that game, L.A. beat Dallas in their last game 6-5 in overtime, after overcoming a 4-0 deficit midway through the third period and scoring five times in 5:07.
This time, the Kings erased a 3-1 Ducks lead on goals by Matt Moulson 4:36 into the period, and Michael Cammalleri on the power play with 6:49 left. Cammalleri, who had two goals in the first game against Anaheim in London, converted with the Kings on a 5-on-3 power play with Francois Beauchemin and Rob Niedermayer in the box.Neither team could find the net in the five-minute overtime, with the Ducks getting off just two shots and the Kings attempting one, despite starting the first 52 seconds on a power play.
The physical game had several skirmishes, the last between Chris Pronger and Michal Handzus after the horn ended the overtime period and Handzus shot the puck at Ducks goalie J.S. Giguere. Pronger landed several uppercuts to Handzus' body in the scuffle, and received an instigator penalty in addition to the fighting major. Because the instigator minor occurred with less than five minutes remaining, Pronger will receive an automatic one-game suspension, according to NHL rules. However, the league will likely review the video and see if Handzus through the first punch, as Pronger claimed after the game.
"He shot the puck after the whistle," Pronger said. "I went into him. He tried to come back at me. I threw him into the boards. He started swinging, so I reciprocated, and that was the end result."
Pronger wasn't able to witness the shootout, in which Perry followed Ryan Getzlaf’s mishandled attempt and McDonald came through two shooters later, flipping it inside the left post and eliciting a loud roar from the Honda Center faithful. In between, Giguere made slick saves on attempts by Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown.
|Ryan Getzlaf (middle) got the Ducks on the board in the first.
Giguere had 29 saves in the victory, and has won three straight shootouts after struggling in the format in the past.
"If you just keep being positive and working hard at it, eventually it’s going to turn around for you," he said. "We’ve been scoring some big goals too. The last two games we’ve scored two goals in the shootout. I believe when your team scores two goals in the first three shots, you should win."
The Ducks took their first 2-0 lead at Honda Center of the year with two scores 1:16 apart in the first period. Ryan Getzlaf went first at 15:14, ripping a one-timer from the point off a Chris Pronger pass that zipped by Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera and under the crossbar.
Then Todd Marchant scored just his second of the year off a rebound with 3:30 left in the period. After Drew Miller burned toward the crease and the puck was poked away by LaBarbera toward the middle. It sent right to Marchant, whose first shot glanced off Lubomir Visnovsky back to Marchant, who batted it in the net. 700K
The Ducks looked like they would escape the period with that 2-0 lead intact, but Tom Preissing connected on the power play with just 14 seconds remaining. The Kings got the man advantage when Todd Marchant took a double minor for hitting John Zeiler in the back of head while Zeiler was down on the ice. Zeiler had given Getzlaf a vicious hit to the face just seconds earlier.
Earlier in the period, Corey Perry took a hard hit into the boards from Rob Blake and had to be helped off. His reported left knee bruise didn’t keep him from coming back in the second period.
In fact, Perry was on the ice when Kent Huskins made it 3-1 with 5:09 left in the second period on the power play, just his second goal of his career. Huskins took a one-timer from the point that whistled by LaBarbera, who hardly moved since he had lost his stick moments before. 700K
The Kings spent plenty of time in the Ducks zone during the period, but couldn’t find the net, despite 11 shots on Ducks goalie J.S. Giguere.
The Ducks and Kings will do it again two nights from now at Staples Center.
Tonight marked the Ducks’ 45th consecutive sellout (17,174) at Honda Center (33 regular season plus 12 playoff games).
The Ducks have earned at least one point in six of their last seven contests.
The Ducks have lost only four of the last 19 games IN REGULATION versus the Kings since the start of the 2005-06 season (11-4-4). Five of the last 11 contests between the two teams have gone into overtime.
Anaheim has reached the overtime session in five of the last seven contests, winning three of the five. This is the third consecutive contest in which the Ducks have reached overtime at home, winning two of those games. The club is currently tied for the league-lead in overtime appearances with six this season (also Montreal).
The Ducks have reached a shootout in four of their last six HOME contests (four of their last seven contests overall). They have won three of those four shootouts.
Mathieu Schneider has earned 2-6=8 points in the last five games. He currently has a three-game point streak (1-4=5).
Ryan Getzlaf has a three-game point streak (2-3=5) and has recorded 3-5=8 points in the last five games.
Andy McDonald also has a three-game point streak (1-2=3).
Todd Marchant has a three-game point streak (2-1=3), his longest since Nov. 22-28, 2006 (four games, 3-2=5).
Kent Huskins scored the second goal of his career and has a two-game point streak (1-1=2).
In seven home starts this season, J.S. Giguere has posted a 2.81 GAA (15 GA/320 min.) and .918 SV% (157-of-171 shots). In 35 home starts, dating back to the beginning of the 2006-07 regular season, Giguere has posted a 2.27 GAA (75 GA/1,980 min.) and .917 SV% (816-of-890 shots).
ANA Andy McDonald's attempt is GOOD as he makes a deke and wrists it inside the left post. DUCKS WIN IN THE SHOOTOUT!
LAK Dustin Brown's attempt is easily saved by Giguere as he slides into position.
ANA Corey Perry's attempt is a wrister that find the top shelf as he skates in from the right circle.
LAK Anze Kopitar's attempt is gloved by Giguere as Kopitar tries a backhand.
ANA Ryan Getzlaf
's shootout attempt is saved by a diving LaBarbera as Getzlaf tries too make one too many moves and doesn't have control.
5:00 - END OF OVERTIME - The Ducks and Kings go at it after the horn, with Pronger ending up throwing body uppercuts at Handzus. Pronger heads off into the dressing room, content to watch this shootout on TV. Handzus gets 5 for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct. Pronger gets 2 for instigating the fight and 5 for fighting.
4:40 - ANA and LAK Penalties - Chris Kunitz and LAK Rob Blake, 2 min. each roughing. Kunitz takes a shot on the move, but it's knocked away by LaBarbera. Kunitz gives Blake a shot and Blake gives it back as they chase it down.
2:10 - O'Donnell is right there for a loose puck in the slot, but his slapper flies way over the cage.
1:10 - Perry comes out of the box and gets the puck to Getzlaf, whose wrister is saved.
0:52 - The Ducks kill it.
0:00 - We're underway in OT, with 52 seconds to go on the Perry minor.
20:00 - END OF REGULATION - The Ducks take their chances with the Kings power play at the end of the period, but keep the Kings mostly out of the zone. It will carry into this 5-minute overtime, however, with 52 seconds still remaining. To review, the Kings come back for the second straight game, erasing a 3-1 Ducks lead in the period. We're tied 3-3 going into the extra session.
18:51 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry
, 2 min. elbowing. Perry and Visnovsky collide hard going for a puck in the corner, and Perry gets caught with the elbow.
17:58 - Miller hits a one-timer that LaBarbera just kicks away. This came after the Kings had their chances with a loose puck in front of Giguere ... again ,.. before Schneider swept it away.
16:35 - Pronger winds up and drills a loose puck in the slot, but LaBarbera is right there.
5:47 - Giguere dives to save one Kings shot, then narrowly escapes when a loose puck is bouncing in front of him seconds later.
15:29 - Giguere saves a Kopitar wrister from the right circle, then smothers the loose puck.
12:35 - McDonald pounced on a loose puck right in front, but can't punch it in, toppling over LaBarbera.
13:11 - LOS ANGELES GOAL (POWER PLAY) - MICHAEL CAMMALLERI - Cammalleri lays a hard one-timer on a Visnovsky pass that zips by Giguere on the far side. Call them the comeback Kings. We're tied 3-3.
12:33 - ANA Penalty - Rob Niedermayer, 2 min. high sticking. Niedermayer gets Brown in the face in the corner. It's 5 on 3 for the Kings for 39 seconds.
11:11 - ANA Penalty - Francois Beauchemin, 2 min. cross checking. Beauchemin has words with the official on his way to the box.
8:05 - LAK Penalty - Rob Blake, 2 min. tripping. The Ducks look for one on the PP.
7:50 - Sean O'Donnell puts a hard hit on Dustin Brown with his backside, and the crowd is pleased.
7:04 - On the move, Getzlaf flings a backhand toward the net, but LaBarbera covers it before anything gets crazy.
5:45 - Brad May chases down the puck behind the net and feeds Parros in front, but the one-time attempt is stopped.
4:36 - LOS ANGELES GOAL - MATT MOULSON - Alexander Frolov skates with it from behind the net, then reverses around Schneider toward the net. He makes a great pass across the crease to Moulson who one-times it in the wide-open net. It's 3-2 Ducks. Second assist to Jaroslav Modry.
0:46 - The Ducks kill the penalty, thanks in part to Giguere.
0:00 - And we're off in the third.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks clear the puck out of their zone after it spends a ton of time in there and the clock finally hits zero. The Kings have their chances, but can't find the net, as the Ducks get one from unlikely candidate Kent Huskins at 14:51. It's 3-1 Ducks, though the Kings go into their dressing room with memories of a comeback from 4-0 down dancing in their heads.
18:46 - ANA Penalty - Kent Huskins, 2 min. holding. Huskins takes down Zeiler.
18:35 - Pahlsson ends up on a 2 on 1 after eluding a diving Cammalleri, but his slap shot on the move is kicked away.
17:10 - Visnovsky somehow gets by everybody and has only Giguere to beat, but Jiggy stonewalls him.
14:51 - ANAHEIM GOAL - KENT HUSKINS - Huskins takes a one-timer from the point off a Beauchemin pass that whistles by LaBarbera, who barely moved. because he had lost his stick seconds earlier. There is a chance it glanced off a Kings player on its way to the net and threw LaBarbera off. It's 3-1 Ducks. Second career goal for Huskins. Second assist to Getzlaf.
13:08 - LAK Penalty - Jack Johnson, 2 min. roughing. Getzlaf takes a shot from straightaway that LaBarbera swallows. After the whistle, Perry pushes Johnson, who flips him to the ice and gets the minor. That's strange. Jack Johnson always seems like such a calm guy whenever I hear his music.
9:59 - Zeiler's point-blank one-timer is stopped by Giguere, and Hnidy goes after Zeiler a bit after the whistle. Slight overreaction, but no call.
8:29 - Ducks kill.
6:29 - ANA Penalty - Todd Marchant
, 2 min. slashing. Marchant gets another minor and L.A. gets another PP.
6:08 - The video board shows Perry on the bench (seemingly to make up for the earlier error) and he gets a cheer.
It's Ducks Trivia time: How many Ducks players are on the All-Star ballot? The girl guesses D.) 5 and she's right! (Real challenging, guys). Bonus: Name the five players: She says, "Getzlaf, Giguere...Pronger ... (now looking for help) ... McDonald (now, whole crowd helping) ... Beauchemin." She wins! She cheated.
6:04 - McDonald takes a shot that is saved.
5:50 - Schneider crosses the blueline and uncorks his third hard slap shot in about a minute, all saved.
4:30 - Perry is out on the ice, to the crowd's approval. Thanks, video board.
As I walked up the aisle to the press box, half the fans were yelling "Let's go Du-ucks" and half were yelling "Let's go Ki-ings" as loud as they could. Looked like a fun area.
2:40 - The video board indicates that Perry is NOT expected to return. That might be a mistake though.
2:31 - Hnidy fires a slapper from the top of the right circle that is held by LaBarbera as Jack Johnson's stick goes flying.
0:10 - It was just announced that Perry has a bruised left knee. X-rays were negative, but he is questionable to return. He is on the Ducks bench right now, and skated a bit on the ice earlier.
0:00 - We're back in the second. We should mention the Kings are still on the power play because the first goal came before the first Marchant minor expired.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - In a first period that definitely didn't disappoint, Getzlaf and Marchant score to give the Ducks their first 2-0 lead at Honda Center this season. But L.A. gets one back late on the power play with Marchant serving a double minor. It's 2-1 and this thing promises to get even better.
19:46 - LOS ANGELES GOAL (POWER PLAY) - TOM PREISSING - Derek Armstrong gives Preissing the puck in the right circle that Preissing controls, then wrists past Giguere.
18:48 - On a 2 on 1, Moen gives Pahlsson a nice cross-ice pass, but Pahlsson's shot from one knee is gloved.
17:48 - ANA Penalty - Todd Marchant
, 4 min. roughing (double minor). After John Zeiler gives Ryan Getzlaf
a jarring hit toward the face, Marchant comes after him. Zeiler ends up down on his knees with his head down, and Marchant hesitates before ultimately hitting Zeiler in the back of the head.
16:30 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TODD MARCHANT - Drew Miller tears across the middle toward the crease, but gets it poked away by LaBarbera. Marchant ends up with it and takes a shot that glances off Visnovsky, right back to Marchant, who bats this one in the net. It's Marchant's second of the year and it's 2-0 Ducks.
15:14 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - RYAN GETZLAF - Getzlaf takes a pass from Pronger at the point and rips a one-timer that barely glances off LaBarbera's shoulder and under the crossbar. It's his sixth of the season and third in five games. Schneider gets the second assist.
15:02 - A Ducks shot gets behind LaBarbera and he can't locate it. Finally he knocks it behind the goal before a Duck can get to it.
14:27 - LAK Penalty - Michael Cammalleri, 2 min. hooking. Ducks go on their second power play.
14:20 - Parros gives Brad Stuart a hard shot in the corner, and Stuart gives him one right back. The crowd cheered a little louder on the first one.
12:59 - Corey Perry
takes a monster hit from Rob Blake into the left wing boards and is not getting up. He's helped off the ice and it looks like a leg injury of some sort.
10:20 - Miller jets around the corner and tries to stuff one in from close, but can't do it.
10:02 - Giguere makes several big saves on power play shots, then the Ducks go the other way with it. Moen snaps one from the right circle and LaBarbera gobbles it.
8:40 - ANA Penalty - Mathieu Schneider, 2 min. holding the stick. Schneider not looking his best so far.
7:33 - After the whistle, Pronger and Cammalleri do some jawing back and forth. Slight height difference there. Eight inches, in fact
7:20 - Giguere makes a nice high save on a Kopitar point shot.
6:41 - The Kings kill.
5:15 - Kunitz tries to pour one in off a Scheider slapper off the boards, but LaBarbera blocks it.
4:41 - LAK Penalty - Rob Blake, 2 min. interference. Blake takes down Perry while the Ducks forward is going after the puck.
3:39 - Ducks killer Michael Cammalleri gets a shot off a loose puck, but Giguere is in position.
2:26 - Todd Marchant
makes a nice cross-ice pass to McDonald, whose shot is stopped by LaBarbera.
1:13 - J.S. Giguere pounces on a potentially dangerous loose puck as Dustin Brown tries to go after it.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center. Ducks vs. Kings. This should be a good one.
7:07 p.m. - Another nice renditiion of the anthem by Gunnery Sgt. Juan Contreras, punctuated by the ever-classy Kings fans yelling something inaudible about their team during every silent part.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA J.S. Giguere; LAK Jason LaBarbera
Starting Skaters: ANA Mathieu Schneider, Drew Miller, Andy McDonald, Todd Marchant
, Francois Beauchemin; LAK Brad Stuart, Patrick O'Sullivan, Lubomir Visnovsky
, Michal Handzus, Matt Moulson
Scratches: ANA Joe DiPenta; LAK Kevin Dallman