Kings defeat Ducks 4-0
There are rivalries, and then there are feuds.
The Kings and Ducks have had a rivalry since the Ducks entered the NHL in 1993. Perhaps now, for one of the few times in the series’ history, there’s a feud.
The difference was in the parade of players to the penalty box in the third period, in the equipment scattered on the ice and in the list of penalties on the postgame stat sheet.
At the end of a contentious, important night, the Kings came away both satisfied – both with the result of the game and the way they played it -- as they beat the Ducks 4-0 before a sellout crowd Thursday at STAPLES Center.
Behind goals from Michal Handzus
, Scott Parse
, Dustin Brown
and Wayne Simmonds
, the Kings held a four-goal lead after the second period, and goalie Jonathan Quick
made 22 saves for the Kings’ first shutout of the season and the fifth of his career.
The victory allowed the Kings to remain one point ahead of Detroit for eighth place in the Western Conference and pulled them within one point of seventh-place Vancouver. Detroit won Thursday, but five of the seven teams chasing the Kings lost in regulation.
The Kings ended a three-game losing streak. They had been the only Western Conference team – and one of three teams in the NHL – without a shutout win this season.
``It feels great,’’ Quick said. ``Most importantly, it's the two points. The way the team played tonight was great. We had a lot of emotion and some hard play. We really needed a win like that to bounce back after that three-game skid. It was just a great game.''
It certainly was entertaining for the fans, and exhausting for the officials.
Not surprisingly, a four-goal margin led to some contentious third-period play. It actually started in the closing seconds of the second period, when Simmonds and Ryan Getzlaf fought, and carried over to the third period.
In the third, there were two fights, five roughing minors, one 10-minute misconduct and one game-misconduct penalty. The most contentious moment came with eight seconds remaining, when Ducks forward Bobby Ryan strode toward Kings winger Oscar Moller
and shoved him backward, and head-first, into the boards.
Ryan got a game misconduct for the hit, which led to 19 penalty minutes total. Kings coach Terry Murray said he didn’t think Ryan should be suspended, but also wasn’t thrilled with the hit either.
``Unnecessary, absolutely,’’ Murray said. ``A little reckless. Same as the hit on Brown in front of our bench (by Ryan Carter earlier). That's a little reckless, and that's where I think the players need to start having some respect for themselves.’’
Afterward, none of the Kings seemed particularly angry about the chippy play.
``You get into the heat of the moment and stuff happens,’’ Brown said. ``It was a physical game, with the intensity out there. There were probably two questionable hits, with Carter on me -- and whatever, that happens in a game -- but probably more so the hit at the end of the game. It's a 4-0 game and it's one of those things that is kind of surprising coming from Ryan. I actually know him a little bit. He's more laid-back, but you get into the heat of the moment and sometimes stuff happens out there.’’
The Ducks entered the game riding a five-game winning streak, and had pulled within four points of the Kings, who had lost three games in a row and seven of 10.
After a bit of a bumpy start to the first period, the Kings took momentum late in the first period and never let go.
Perhaps even more important, to the Kings, than the goals themselves was the way they were scored, with gritty play in front of the net and deflections.
The Kings took the lead in a 4-on-4 situation with 2:04 remaining in the first period. Jack Johnson
took a point shot and Handzus skated in front of the Ducks' net and deflected the puck past goalie Jonas Hiller.
The Kings took a 2-0 lead in the second period off another deflected long-range shot. This time, Rob Scuderi
took the shot from the left side, just inside the blue line. Parse got a deflection, and then the puck deflected off a Ducks defenseman and past Hiller at the 6:02 mark.
Brown's goal made it 3-0. Brown came into the Ducks' zone with speed and passed left to Alexander Frolov, who showed oustanding puck control as he made a spin move in the left circle and whipped a pass to the front of the net. Brown, while being taken down by Ryan Whitney, knocked the puck past Hiller with 7:17 remaining in the second period.
The goal was the 100th of Brown’s career, all with the Kings. The Ducks pulled Hiller after the goal, in favor of Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Hiller stopped 10 of 13 shots.
With 2.8 seconds remaining in the second, the Kings got a goal, credited to Simmonds. After a lengthy video review, officials ruled that Giguere had not covered the puck until it was over the goal line. Anze Kopitar
got an assist.
Murray was pleased with all of the goals.
``Going to the net, 4-on-4, good heads-up play by Johnson to get the puck through (on the first goal),’’ Murray said. ``Zeus is right in front. Same on the shot by Scuderi. Traffic, tips. Then Fro makes a -- wow -- unbelievable move, and Brownie is driving through to the blue paint again for another hard goal in a hard area. Then simply putting the puck to the net there, from a sharp angle.
``So, a different variety of goals, but those are the kinds of goals that you do have to score to be a team that's going to get through things. You can't look at just hoping that one is going to deflect off a shin pad by shooting from the perimeter. Those were hard-earned and hard worked-for goals.’’
That made it easy for Quick, who helped the Kings easily kill five Ducks power plays and rarely faced consistent pressure.
``Defensively, everybody did a good job, especially in the third period,’’ Murray said. ``I thought we shut it down pretty well. When Quick had to give us something, he looked very sharp tonight.’’
Teams combined for 69 penalty minutes in the third period (ANA: 47, LA: 22)... The 87 combined penalty minutes for the game is season high for the Kings and an opponent (previous was 81 PIM, Dec. 30 at CGY)...Jonathan Quick
earned his first shutout of the season and fifth in his career (tied for Roman Cechmanek for 10th all-time in Kings history)... This was the second-ever shutout against the Ducks (Jamie Storr 1-0 win April 14, 2002)... Dustin Brown
scored his 100th goal in the NHL/as a King... Alexander Frolov is now one assist away from 200 in the NHL/as a King... The Kings are now 11-3-1 vs. the Pacific Division... The previous nine Kings home games were decided by one goal... Drew Doughty
has nine assists in his last seven games and 11 points in his last nine games (1-10=11)... Michal Handzus
scored his fifth game-winning goal of the season, tops on the team....Three of the cast mates from the MTV series Jersey Shore made an appearance at the (Los Angeles Kings)/Ducks game, as Jenni "JWoww" Farley, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Angelina "Jolie" Pivarnick took in their first NHL game at STAPLES....Watch
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