Ducks end up shooting down Kings
Not content with one amazing comeback to their credit, the Kings are trying their best to make third-period rallies a habit.
The cardiac kids were at it again Tuesday night against the Ducks, but the defending Stanley Cup champions have lately shown their own dramatic side.
Corey Perry and Andy McDonald scored in the shootout and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made two stops as the Ducks picked up the extra point with a 4-3 victory over a Kings team that again showed its resilient side in front of a sellout crowd of 17,174 at Honda Center.
Playing their third consecutive overtime game, the Ducks (8-8-3) won their second consecutive shootout and third this season despite losing a 3-1 lead in the third period.
“Whatever it takes,” Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said. “Bottom line is as long as you accomplish the goal, then you’ll take it.”
It was the first meeting stateside between the rivals since they split a two-game series in London to open the regular season and it proved to be much better theater than anything that was produced across the Atlantic.
The Kings erased a two-goal deficit on goals by rookie Matt Moulson and Michael Cammalleri before trading chances in a wild overtime that ended with Ducks captain Chris Pronger pummeling forward Michal Handzus as the horn sounded.
Pronger may face a one-game suspension by the NHL for instigating the fight at the end of the extra period.
“He shot the puck after the whistle and I ran into him,” Pronger said. “He tried to come back at me and I threw him into the boards. And then he started towards me.”
McDonald ended it with the clinching shootout goal, repeating what he did Friday night against San Jose.
Perry also delivered while playing on a bruised left knee, courtesy of a hard check by Kings captain Rob Blake.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who had a 29-save effort in regulation, foiled Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown to lift the Ducks’ record in shootouts to 3-2 this season and 9-19 since it was installed three years ago.
“If you just keep being positive and working hard at it, eventually it’s going to turn around for you,” Giguere said. “We’ve been scoring some big goals too.”
Both teams came out with something. The Ducks (8-8-3) pulled into second place in the congested Pacific Division while the Kings (8-8-1) picked up another point three nights after an improbable 6-5 overtime win over Dallas in which they rallied from a 4-0 third-period deficit.
“The important thing is that we battled back in the third and got that point,” Brown said.
Ryan Getzlaf, Todd Marchant and Kent Huskins scored to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead. Huskins got his after LaBarbera lost his stick when Perry collided with him behind the net.
“I tried to chip it out and I lost it,” said LaBarbera, who made 30 saves. “A goalie without a stick. . . . I kind of panicked.”
But it’s difficult to finish off the Kings these days.
Moulson finished off a brilliant individual play by Alexander Frolov, who took apart defenseman Mathieu Schneider to set up the rookie. Cammalleri then slammed in his team-leading 12th of the season to convert a two-man advantage.
The two teams have an encore Thursday night at Staples Center.
“The atmosphere in the building was great,” LaBarbera said.
“Both teams hate each other, which makes it that much better.”
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