|LAK||1||0||0||0||0 (1 - 6)||1|
|ANA||0||1||0||0||1 (2 - 6)||2|
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - In a matchup of rookie goalies, the Kings’ Erik Ersberg made the most saves. The Ducks’ Jonas Hiller made the final, clinching stop.
Mathieu Schneider and Teemu Selanne scored for Anaheim during the shootout and the defending Stanley Cup champions beat the Kings 2-1 Wednesday night to earn a playoff berth.
Hiller, filling in for the ailing Jean-Sebastien Giguere, finished the tiebreaker at the end of six rounds when he blocked Brian Willsie’s shot. Dustin Brown had the only shootout goal for the Kings.
“It was a tough game,” Hiller said. “Everybody on our team did pretty well tonight. We got the two points and it’s great to be in the playoffs.”
The Ducks needed only one point to lock up a spot in the postseason for the third consecutive season, and they earned that point with the tie at the end of regulation.
The 26-year-old Hiller, from Switzerland, and Ersberg, also 26 and a native of Sweden, turned in outstanding performances. Hiller ended with 31 saves, and Ersberg had 39.
“Both goalies played tremendous tonight,” Schneider said. “Jonas made some unbelievable saves there at the end, and their goalie made great saves throughout the game to keep them in it.
“He (Ersberg) was on tonight, even in the shootout. For the most part, he seemed unbeatable.”
Ersberg said it seemed to turn into a goalie matchup and, “It was a good game for both teams. It’s tough to lose one of these.”
|PPG - Patrick O'Sullivan Snap shot - ASST: Derek Armstrong , Tom Preissing|
1 - 0 LAK
|PPG - Bobby Ryan Wrist shot - ASST: Marc-Andre Bergeron|
1 - 1 Tie
|1||T. Bertuzzi||A. Kopitar||0 - 0|
|2||B. Ryan||D. Brown||0 - 1|
|3||T. Selanne||P. O'Sullivan||1 - 1|
|4||C. Kunitz||M. Cammalleri||1 - 1|
|5||D. Weight||A. Frolov||1 - 1|
|6||M. Schneider||B. Willsie||2 - 1|
|Samuel Pahlsson Holding against Anze Kopitar|
|Todd Marchant Slashing against Lubomir Visnovsky|
|Lubomir Visnovsky Hooking against Teemu Selanne|
|Jon Klemm Hooking against Teemu Selanne|
|Raitis Ivanans Holding the stick against Kent Huskins|
|Lubomir Visnovsky Misconduct (10 min) against Bobby Ryan|
|Lubomir Visnovsky Interference against Bobby Ryan|
|Raitis Ivanans Holding against Marc-Andre Bergeron|
|Dustin Brown Hooking against Teemu Selanne|
|Teemu Selanne Diving against Dustin Brown|
|SA: 40||TOI: 64:22|
|Saves: 39||EV: 30 - 30|
|PIM: 0||PP: 9 - 10|
|SV%: .975||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 32||TOI: 64:38|
|Saves: 31||EV: 22 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 8|
|SV%: .969||SH: 2 - 2|