By Adam Brady (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ANAHEIM – A Ducks team that managed to fight back all night, finally ran out of chances -- and time – in a 4-3 loss to the visiting Kings.
Anaheim, which twice trailed by two goals in the game, managed to tie it on a Todd Marchant
goal 5 1/2 minutes into the third. But a Brad Richardson tip-in with 2:20 left in the third put L.A. up again and the Ducks just couldn’t find the equalizer during the feverish final moments.
|Anaheim came back from a two-goal deficit, but couldn't find an answer for a late Kings goal in the third.
Marchant made the game 3-3 with help from the first career point by rookie Matt Beleskey
, who fired a surprise shot from beyond the blue line on a rush. The puck hit Kings goalie Jonathan Quick up high and bounced hard in front of him, where Marchant was able to chip in the rebound.
But Richardson gave the Kings the eventual game-winner later in the period, getting a piece of a Jack Johnson one-timer from the point that literally stuck in the back of the net.
Anaheim fought hard to tie it one more time, notably in the final minute and a half, when a Johnson cross checking penalty and a pulled Jonas Hiller
gave the Ducks a 6-on-4 advantage. But a number of chances around the Los Angeles cage went just awry as the Ducks finally ran out of clock with the puck kicked out of the offensive zone.
"We lots of chances with the goaltender out and the power play, but we just couldn’t find a way to put one across the line," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle.
Among the close calls was a Bobby Ryan
scoring chance from the near slot that glanced off Quick and qent just wide. "I thought I had him," Ryan said. "He didn’t go down into that butterfly stance that he normally does. I was trying to shoot for that far corner. I had it, it was going there and he got his shoulder in the way. It seemed like it was going to fall right to the side of him, but it just fell beyond the goal line. We had a lot of shots that seemed like they were that close tonight."
The Kings managed 42 shots on net to the Ducks 30, as Anaheim dropped its second straight to a Pacific Division opponent and finished a vital homestand 4-2-1.
"It was hard because we pulled even," said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer. "But if you look at the game as a whole, we gave them a start there and had to battle back. You can’t count on coming back and winning the game in a shootout or overtime. We were there and had that opportunity, but it didn’t go our way. We have to get back to playing the way we were prior to these last couple of games."
The Ducks twice fell behind two goals in the first two periods, but each time were able to claw back within one. After Scott Parse and Justin Williams (power play) put the Kings up 2-0 in the first 11:33, Corey Perry
cut that lead in half with 5:19 left in the period. With one leg in the air, Perry acrobatically got his stick on a James Wisniewski
point shot and tipped it through. It gave Perry a point in his 19th straight game, most in the NHL since 2007 and still a Ducks franchise record.
Los Angeles regained a two-goal cushion 6;40 into the second courtesy of a Randy Jones shot from the point that sailed over Hiller’s shoulder on the stick side.
But Ryan Whitney got one back on the power play with 2:32 left in the middle session, one-timing a Ryan Getzlaf
feed just under the crossbar. It was the fourth straight game with a man advantage goal for a Ducks power play that now ranks No. 1 in the NHL.
But that power play couldn't convert in a third period in which the Ducks fought hard throughout, but came up just short against their division rivals.
"We gave ourselves a chance," Ryan said. "Todd Marchant
goes out and gets us a goal that was a huge emotional boost for us. They came right down and scored not too long afterwards. We’ve done that numerous times this year. It’s something we’ve addressed and gone over a number of times, but it seems to keep happening."
The Ducks have scored a power play goal in four straight games (six-for-14, 42.9%) and seven of the last nine contests (13-for-35, 37.1%).
Anaheim has killed off 20 of the last 21 penalties (95.2%), dating back to Nov. 21 vs. San Jose.
The Ducks have earned standings points in four of the last five games 3-1-1 and completed the homestand with a 4-2-1 record.
’s franchise-record 19-game point streak (10-16=26) equals the longest in the NHL in over two years. The last player to have a scoring streak of 19 games was Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, who earned 11-19=30 points from Oct. 6 – Nov. 17, 2007. The last player to have a point streak of 20 games was Colorado’s Paul Stastny from Feb. 3 - Mar. 17, 2007 (11-18=29).
Perry now has a 10-game assist streak (2-11=13), tying the club record set by Ryan Getzlaf
earlier this season (Oct. 24-Nov. 14, 2009; 1-17=18). It’s the longest current assist streak in the NHL and ties for the longest this season (Getzlaf and TB’s St. Louis).
With his second assist of the game (two assists on the night), Ryan Getzlaf
now has 300 career NHL points (93-207=300). He has collected points in four of the last five games (2-3=5) and in 16 of 19 (5-22=27).
recorded his first career NHL point (assist) in his seventh career NHL game.
Tonight’s attendance was 14,231.
20:00 - END OF GAME - The Ducks press in the final moments, but run out of clock in taking a 4-3 loss.
19:44 - Rebound off a Niedermayer shot is mishandled by Selanne in front.
19:22 - Crowd on its feet.
19:22 - Timeout Ducks.
19:11 - Ryan has a scoring chance from the slot that hits Quick and bounces just wide, drawing some agony from the crowd.
19:00 - Ducks net is empty as a couple of chances go awry with the Ducks up 6 on 4.
18:25 - LAK Penalty - Jack Johnson, 2 min. cross checking.
18:15 - The Ducks get a number of opportunities, as Beleskey fires two shots within seconds, one hits post and one is stopped by Quick.
17:40 - LOS ANGELES GOAL - BRAD RICHARDSON (scoring change from earlier) - Seconds after Hiller works to deny a scrum around the net, Jones sends the puck to Johnson at the point, and Johnson rips a one-timer through traffic that tips off Richardson and eludes Hiller, literally sticking in the back of the net. It's a heartbreaker for Anaheim and it's 4-3 Kings.
14:30 - Koivu and Selanne make something happen in front of the net.
13:00 - Marchant back on that second line.
11:59 - Big kill for the Ducks, starring Todd Marchant
, Mike Brown, Saku Koivu
11:00 - Hiller hangs tough during a threatening scrum in front of him.
9:59 - ANA Penalty - Evgeny Artyukhin, 2 min. tripping. Artyukhin gets whistled for taking down Doughty behind the net. The call is made by the official near the blue line, not the one right next to the play.
From reader Riley: I don't know if you could see from the press box but the telecast showed that after scoring the goal and before returning to the bench, Marchant went and got the puck from the ref for Belesky. Nice move by the always classy Todd Marchant.
8:23 - Kopitar bowls over Hiller after a save on a Kings rush.
5:29 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TODD MARCHANT - The rookie Matt Beleskey surprises Quick with a quick shot from behind the blue line. It hits Quick up high and bounces hard in front of him, where Marchant is able to chip it under him stick side. First career point for Beleskey and we're tied 3-3.
2:52 - Ducks get close when Perry fires from the wing, but neither Getzlaf nor Ryan can bat in the rebound.
0:00 - Here we go in the third.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Ducks give one up, get one back on the PP from Whitney and trail 3-2 going into the third.
17:28 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - RYAN WHITNEY - Seconds after the first penalty expires, but before Richardson can join the play, Getzlaf feeds to his right to the low point to Whitney, who rifles a one-timer just under the crossbar, sending the water bottle flying. It's 3-2 Kings now. Second assist to (of course) Perry.
17:11 - LAK Penalty - Wayne Simmonds, 2 min. roughing. Simmonds responds to a Perry hit along the wall and the Ducks get 15 seconds of 5-on-3 time.
16:00 - Ducks have it in the L.A. end for a minute and a half, but can't get anything decent on net.
15:25 - LAK Penalty - Brad Richardson, 2 min. high sticking. Richardson gets MacGregor Sharp
in the mouth off the draw. Another chance for the No. 1 power play in the NHL.
15:23 - Wisniewski whiffs trying to send the puck on ice, where it rolls to Stoll. But he can't control it quick enough to get off a good shot. Bullet dodged for Wiz.
15:08 - Perry does a nice job to knock down a high Getzlaf pass, then snaps a shot from the high slot into Quick's gut.
14:20 - Ducks are being outshot, 12-2.
13:15 - Stoll runs over Hiller trying to screen in front. No call.
It's holiday Kiss Cam time, complete with mistletoe graphic. At least two "couples" refuse to kiss, as they're apparently not couples. Always awkward. In one of them, the girl was wearing a Kings jersey and the guy was in a Ducks jersey. Definitely don't want them kissing. The segment ends with two male fans in Kings jerseys put up on the screen. They wave their hands as if to say, "No way." Probably for the best.
Clip of Rocky II on the Honda Vision followed by the timeless "Eye of the Tiger." I like it.
6:40 - LOS ANGELES GOAL - RANDY JONES - Jones gets the puck from Brad Richardson at the point with space to shoot. He fires a shot with no traffic in front that sails over Hiller's shoulder stick side. It's 3-1 Kings.
6:11 - Kill. Taco.
4:45 - Two nice stops for Hiller and he pulls in the rebound on the second.
4:11 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Whitney, 2 min. holding. Whitney takes down Brown and rides him into Hiller, knocking the goalie and the net almost into the wall.
3:30 - Arty back on that second line with Selanne and Koivu.
1:45 - No shots for the Ducks on that power play.
0:00 - Off and running in period 2.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Ducks give up the first two, but get on back and it's 2-1 after 1. Anaheim will have 1:45 of power play time when we return.
19:54 - Getzlaf bobbles the puck in the slot initially off a Perry feed, but then fires a shot off the crossbar.
19:44 - LAK Penalty - Jack Johnson, 2 min. interference. Johnson impedes the path of Ryan in front of the net, with Ryan still ticked off that Wayne Simmons sat on him for an inordinate amount of time a minute earlier.
18:37 - This just in -- Corey Perry
ran over a goalie. Of course, he got a little help from what looked like a hook from behind by Drewiske.
17:09 - Just back on the ice, Nokelainen keeps the puck alive behind the net and feeds a charging Ryan, who can't get enough stick on the shot and it's glove saved by Quick.
15:55 - Great kick save Hiller off a point shot by Stoll.
14:56 - ANA Penalty - Petteri Nokelainen, 2 min. tripping. Third penalty of the period for Anaheim.
14:41 - ANAHEIM GOAL - COREY PERRY - Perry and Getzlaf keep the puck alive in the corner before Getzlaf sends it up top to Wisniewski. He fires a shot wide of the net that a passing Perry somehow manages to tip in with his stick while lifting his back leg in the air. Here's a picture. Big goal for the Ducks as they cut the lead to 2-1. It's 19 in a row for Perry with a point, longest in the NHL since 2007 and still a Ducks record.
13:30 - Marchant on that second line after two quick Artyukhin penalties.
11:33 - LOS ANGELES GOAL (POWER PLAY) - JUSTIN WILLIAMS - Williams, standing in front of the net, tips a point shot by Stoll and it gets through Hiller. Ducks down 2-0.
11:04 - Nokelainen gets his stick broken in half on a slash by Stoll, and somehow there is no call.
10:41 - ANA Penalty - Evgeny Artyukhin, 2 min. holding. Arty grabs onto Randy Jones. Second bad penalty in the period for him.
9:45 - Wisniewski has all kinds of room, maybe too much, to take a shot and he fires a slapper way wide of the net.
8:20 - Nice play Simmons to chop down a saucer pass from Selanne to a sprinting Mikkelson on a mini rush.
Power Players are wearing Santa hats already. Not sure how I feel about that, but I traditionally get annoyed at how we celebrate Christmas earlier and earlier every year. Christmas music in stores before Thanksgiving? There needs to be some kind of law against that.
6:40 - Parros nails Davis Drewiske into the wall and heavyweight Raitis Ivanans comes to the rescue, throwing blows with Parros. Nothing significant lands before Ivanans wrestles Parros to the ice, and knowing Parros is likely to pop back up for now, gets a couple shots in before officials intervene.
5:11 - LOS ANGELES GOAL - SCOTT PARSE - Just after taking a big hit from Beleskey against the wall on the left wing, Wayne Simmons feeds Parse in the slot and he has no one in front of him as he wrists it past Hiller. It's 1-0 Kings and there is a noticeable (and unfortunate) cheer from the L.A. fans in the seats.
4:50 - Selanne picks up the puck in deep, but his bad-angle shot is denied.
3:12 - That's the 17th straight penalty kill for Anaheim.
3:10 - Close call as Kopitar gets in deep on Hiller, but a goalie stop and a Niedermayer sweep of the puck saves it.
1:12 - ANA Penalty - Evgeny Artyukhin, 2 min. slashing. Battling for the puck behind the net, Arty slashes the puck out of Doughty's hands.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center, in a 7:30 p.m. start to account for the Versus exclusive window mandated by the league.
7:37 p.m. - Pretty darn nice rendition of the anthem by Brad Haynes.
Starters in bold/italics. Scratches crossed out.
|LOS ANGELES KINGS
||MATT GREENE (A)
||ANZE KOPITAR (A)
||DUSTIN BROWN (C)