The odds of the
For the Ducks, the regular-season meetings in advance of the postseason collision are an opportunity to stamp some impressions upon their rivals.
By rallying from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to win 4-2 Friday, Anaheim left a mark.
Others were delivered in the form of bruises, as the first-place Ducks outhit the defending
Don't fret about them
Staring into the teeth of the Kings' unbending defense, Kesler produced a goal and assist in the third period and Perry scored twice to improve his season total to 26.
Perry said the Kesler goal was "the spark.
"Those are big moments in a game that can turn the tide for us."
The third line of
Etem, possibly being dangled as trade bait should the Ducks follow through on their interest in acquiring another defenseman before the Monday trade deadline, scored the tying goal by charging to the crease and finding Rakell's brilliant pass.
Sekac, acquired from the
“Probably our best line … they hemmed ‘em in, [Kings defenseman
If you're Ducks General Manager Bob Murray, hold that trade trigger. See how Etem, after four hits, a takeaway and a plus-one showing, does in Dallas on Sunday.
Speaking of stepping up ...
Lovejoy’s defensive partner,
Also, as much as home-ice advantage was dismissed following the Ducks' Game 7 loss in Anaheim last season, the building's energy was such on Friday that victory after Etem's electric tying goal was essentially a formality.
Who doesn't want to see more of this?
"It was a good hockey game, as we've come to expect when we meet those guys," Getzlaf said. "We were able to keep our composure and play the game all the way through."