Ducks deal with tough calls in loss to Kings

Kings score two power-play goals after penalties on Ducks

An asterisk is used to denote an overtime outcome from a regulation game in the NHL.

The Ducks would like another added to the franchise-record fifth consecutive overtime game they played, a 3-2 loss Saturday to the Kings at Staples Center.

*— Officials' interference.

A goaltender interference penalty called against Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf in the third period and an early overtime hooking call against Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm were each followed by Kings power-play goals.

"It's hard, two good teams playing head to head, and I wished it didn't have to go like that, but sometimes it does," Getzlaf said as the Ducks (11-3-4) suffered their fourth overtime/shootout loss during the five-game run.

With his team leading, 2-1, Getzlaf was whistled for brushing Kings goalie Jonathan Quick 7 minutes 39 seconds into the third.

"I got hit into him I felt," Getzlaf said. "I was going to the net, have never been a guy who's been called for goaltender interference. Nothing play. [The referee] sees [Quick] go down, tough call, that's all it is.

"I wasn't arguing that I didn't run into him, or that Quick put on a show, but when a guy twists you up and turns you, and the puck's going the other way … it didn't have any effect on the play."

Kings center Anze Kopitar then ended his team's 0-for-17 power-play skid dating to Nov. 2 by beating Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen.

In overtime, Lindholm was called for hooking Kopitar, with some of the Ducks surprised that the same rugged first-line center who previously shrugged off a good Ducks hit fell to the ice.

"Hampus, did he have his stick up there? Yeah. Did Kopitar lose his edge? Yeah, you saw him checking his skate after," Getzlaf said. "Tough call …."

Four seconds before the Kings' power play was to expire, Kings center Jarret Stoll squeaked a shot under Andersen that the goalie said took a bad bounce on the way in.

"Iffy calls," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Tough for the guy in the middle of the ice to make the [Getzlaf] call … we got the wrong end of it."

Perry, Smith-Pelly updates

Ducks right wing Corey Perry has improved to a "game-time decision" for Sunday's home game against the Florida Panthers, Boudreau said.

Perry, who had 11 goals through 13 games, sat out his fifth consecutive game Saturday after suffering through the mumps.

"Skated well [Saturday] … he'll probably come to the morning skate [Sunday] and then we'll make a decision for the game," Boudreau said. "What he can do … practice isn't going to help. He knows how to score."

Ducks forward Devante Smith-Pelly (three goals, seven points) was scratched before the game with an upper-body injury.

Forward Chris Wagner was recalled from minor league Norfolk and played 7 minutes 8 seconds Saturday, showing an ice pack on his right leg after taking a big hit from Kings wing Dustin Brown during the game.

Smith-Pelly was left "sore," according to Boudreau, after delivering five hits and blocking a shot in Wednesday's 6-5 shootout victory over the Kings at Honda Center.

"I hope there's a chance [Smith-Pelly] will play [Sunday]," Boudreau said.

Wagner filled the roster spot left open when defenseman Francois Beauchemin (mumps) was placed on injured reserve Friday. Beauchemin has sat out three games because of the illness.

DUCKS ON SUNDAY

VS. FLORIDA

When: 5 p.m.

On the air: TV: Prime Ticket. Radio: 830.

Etc.: The Ducks are 2-0 in the second of back-to-back gamesthis season, needing extra time to win at Philadelphia and Dallas. Florida (5-4-5) ranks 29th in the NHL with 27 goals scored.

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