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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."
|Jarret Stoll (15) Tip-in - ASST: Kyle Calder (14), Matt Greene (8)|
1 - 0 LAK
|Patrick O'Sullivan (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Greene (9), Anze Kopitar (30)|
2 - 0 LAK
|PPG - Teemu Selanne (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (46), Scott Niedermayer (31)|
2 - 1 LAK
|PPG - Ryan Getzlaf (19) Snap shot - ASST: Corey Perry (30), Chris Pronger (25)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Dustin Brown (22) Deflected shot - ASST: Kyle Quincey (28), Jarret Stoll (20)|
3 - 2 LAK
|PPG - Anze Kopitar (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Dustin Brown (24), Jarret Stoll (21)|
4 - 2 LAK
|Chris Kunitz (15) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (47), Sheldon Brookbank (1)|
4 - 3 LAK
|Raitis Ivanans Elbowing against Brett Festerling|
|Mike Brown Fighting (maj) against Wayne Simmonds|
|Wayne Simmonds Fighting (maj) against Mike Brown|
|Matt Greene Hooking against Andrew Ebbett|
|Corey Perry Slashing against Matt Greene|
|Jarret Stoll Tripping against Chris Kunitz|
|Travis Moen Hooking against Wayne Simmonds|
|Alex Frolov Hooking against Steve Montador|
|Teemu Selanne Interference against Dustin Brown|
|Jack Johnson Interference against Chris Kunitz|
|Matt Greene Cross checking against Todd Marchant|
|Bobby Ryan Holding the stick against Peter Harrold|
|Peter Harrold Hooking against Bobby Ryan|
|Scott Niedermayer Slashing against Michal Handzus|
|Rob Niedermayer Cross checking against Kyle Calder|
|Scott Niedermayer Roughing against Kyle Quincey|
|Kyle Quincey Roughing against Scott Niedermayer|
|Scott Niedermayer Charging against Jonathan Quick|
|SA: 31||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 28||EV: 22 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 8|
|SV%: .903||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 26||TOI: 59:25|
|Saves: 22||EV: 18 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 6|
|SV%: .846||SH: 0 - 0|
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