Talk about getting up off the mat.
The Kings were where they’ve been for most of the past two weeks — playing from behind with their playoff aspirations on the ropes.
Then the right hand of the Ducks’ Ryan Kesler felled Jeff Carter in a second-period fight, and that was the jab the Kings desperately needed. Carter returned to the game and made a masterful pass to Tyler Toffoli for the game-winning goal as the Kings rallied for a 4-1 win against the Ducks at Staples Center.
Carter’s 30th goal, on an empty net, capped the Kings’ third win in nine games. It was made special by the return of goalie Jonathan Quick and Kings Coach Darryl Sutter’s 216th win to become the...