Ducks goaltending prospect John Gibson has excited so many in leading the U.S. to the world junior championships and a bronze medal in the world championship, it's easy to get carried away with his potential.
But the 20-year-old came cold off the bench Tuesday and the Kings greeted him with a sobering display of NHL goal-scoring ability — three in the final period of their 6-0 exhibition victory over the Ducks at Honda Center.
"Any time you lose, you're not happy," Gibson said. "They just beat me, not much to say. I've got to get better."
Jeff Carter followed a Kings rush at Gibson to poke a shot past him and extend the Kings' lead to 4-0. Carter then rifled another shot past Gibson three minutes later before Anze Kopitar also beat Gibson.
Kopitar, Drew Doughty and off-season addition Matt Frattin each scored three points for the Kings, who were swept in split-squad games Sunday.
"We weren't happy … ," Doughty said. "The coaches kind of gave us that one first game to get our feet going, to get used to playing. Tonight, it was back to normal. No excuses. [Coach] Darryl [Sutter] was on us. ... We made sure we were prepared for this game to come here and get a win."
As for the Ducks' perspective of watching their phenom struck by three goals in less than seven minutes: "Gibby's a great goalie, a young guy coming into the last period after sitting there cold for almost two hours," said Ducks goaltender Viktor Fasth, who gave up three goals on 26 shots in the game's first two periods. "I don't think you should put down too much thoughts about those goals."
On the other end, Kings goalie Jonathan Quick cruised in his first exhibition appearance by shutting out the Ducks, who sent only 12 shots his way in two periods.
The Ducks took just three shots in the first thanks to pressure from defenders and plays such as center Trevor Lewis' knocking down a Sami Vatanen shot similar to one he converted to a goal Monday.
The Ducks had first-line stars Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf playing, but the Kings met them with resistance. Sutter cautioned not to read too much into a performance such as Tuesday night's.
"You've got to base it on the whole camp, not one period, not one shift or one game," Sutter said.
Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler was penalized for a double-minor, four-minute high-sticking violation later in the period.
The Kings took advantage, with Frattin getting a Doughty pass and firing it into the net.
Fasth spent the second period dealing with more intense pressure. The Kings led, 2-0, when 21-year-old right wing prospect Scott Sabourin charged down ice and fired a goal that went over Fasth's left glove.
"They came out hard after losing two, and showed they wanted to win ... with a lot of speed," Fasth said.
Doughty then smacked a shot that went between Fasth's legs for a 3-0 lead with 1:43 left in the period.