NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Anaheim|
(Sunday, April 7th)
Final Score: Anaheim 4, Los Angeles 3 (SO)
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Saku Koivu was credited with the game-winner in
the second round of the shootout, as the Anaheim Ducks downed the Los Angeles
Kings 4-3 on Sunday at Honda Center.
Bobby Ryan started the shootout with a successful backhander, and after Mike
Richards came up empty at the other end, Koivu beat Jonathan Bernier with a
slick backhand-forehand deke.
Jeff Carter kept the Kings alive when he roofed a backhander, but Corey Perry
snuck a quick wrister past Bernier to send the Ducks to their third win in
their last four games.
Matt Beleskey registered a goal and an assist, while Perry and Kyle Palmieri
each scored once in regulation to help the Ducks extend their lead to nine
points over the Kings atop the Pacific Division. Viktor Fasth posted 35 saves.
"Viktor played well," Perry said. "He's been doing it all year. Tonight he
made some big saves for us and we got the win."
Dustin Brown recorded a goal and assist, while Drew Doughty and Carter also
lit the lamp for the Kings, who occupy the fourth spot in the West.
Bernier made 19 saves in the setback, which snapped LA's two-game win streak.
Palmieri got the Ducks on the board just under three minutes into the game
when he drove hard at the net and cut in front of Fasth. Palmieri lost control
of the puck, but it appeared to hit a Los Angeles defenseman before trickling
across the goal line for a 1-0 lead at the 2:54 mark.
LA answered just under six minutes into the second while on the power play
when Doughty rifled a blast from the left point that snuck past Fasth to make
it 1-1 at the 5:59 mark.
Perry put the Ducks back in front late in the second when he beat Bernier on a
breakaway, but Carter countered just 1:18 later, as he made his way to the
front of the net and pounded home a nice feed from Richards to knot the game.
Beleskey's rebound marker with the Ducks on the power play early in the third
again put the home team in front, but the Kings responded with just under four
minutes left when Anze Kopitar threw the disc in front from the low left side
and Brown batted the puck into the back of the net from in close to knot the
game at 3-3 with 3:40 left in the contest.
"We showed character," said Kopitar. "We battled back three times. We picked
it up right after their first goal, but a shootout can go either way and
tonight it went their way."
Neither team could break through in the extra session, as both goaltenders
stood tall to force the shootout.
Anaheim improved to 15-5-0 at home, while Los Angeles fell to 8-10-2 on the
road ... Anaheim has taken two of three from the Kings this season. The season
series will end Saturday when the Kings host the Ducks at Staples Center ...
Anaheim captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf missed his second straight
game with a lower-body injury.
04/08 00:22:01 ET