Kings Topple Ducks At Home With Big Second Period

The Kings, 13-2-1 at home this season.

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Kings Defeat Ducks, 4-1, With Four-Goal Second Period

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Dustin Brown capped Los Angeles' four-goal outburst in the second period, and the Kings routed Anaheim 4-1 for their third straight win.

Wayne Simmonds, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams also scored in the second period for the Kings, who began a busy stretch where they will play six games in nine days.

Jonathan Bernier had 18 saves for the win and needed to stop just three shots in the third period to help Los Angeles avenge a 2-0 defeat at Anaheim on November 29.

"I think it wasn't my greatest game for the rebound, I felt like I gave away a lot of rebounds. But guys were there for me in the right spot there, and I was just trying to make that first save," Bernier said.

The Ducks also scored in the second period, getting their only goal on a re- direction from Matt Beleskey.

Jonas Hiller allowed all four LA goals on 23 shots and was pulled for Curtis McElhinney, who made seven saves in 22 scoreless minutes.

"We made too many critical mistakes with the puck," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "We didn't execute anywhere near our abilities and it seemed like we couldn't get anything going."

The Kings opened the five-goal second period with Simmonds' tally 15 seconds in. He scored into the wide-open left side of the net with traffic in front.

Anaheim evened the score just 32 seconds later on Beleskey's tip of Toni Lydman's shot, but wouldn't tally again.

Kopitar made it 2-1 on a rebound goal at 9:10 of the period and Williams scored after a turnover in the Anaheim zone, flipping the puck past Hiller's glove at the 12:55 mark.

Hiller was yanked after giving up Brown's power-play goal with 2:03 left in the period, although he had little chance to stop the shot with heavy traffic in front of the net.

LA went 1-for-4 on the power play while Anaheim was 0-for-2...The Ducks fell to 2-4 on a season-long seven-game road trip that ends Tuesday in Phoenix.


Ducks Vs. Kings: Staples Center Showdown On Sunday Night

(Sports Network) - After some much-needed time off, the Anaheim Ducks return to the West Coast to continue a seven-game road trip in Los Angeles against the Kings at the Staples Center. The Ducks went 2-3-0 out east to begin the season-long swing, playing those five games in seven days. After shutting out Boston on Monday, Anaheim dropped a 5-2 decision in Buffalo the following night.

Backup Curtis McElhinney allowed five goals on 42 shots and Corey Perry netted a pair of power-play goals in the third period for the Ducks, who are 7-10-3 on the road and wrap their swing in Phoenix on Tuesday. "It's always tough going back-to-back into a break. We've been on the road for a long time," Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf said. "Those are all excuses. That doesn't justify anything that we've done on the ice."

Jonas Hiller made 45 saves on Monday in Boston to record his second shutout of the season. His first came at home versus the Kings on Nov. 29, a 27-save effort that resulted in a 2-0 victory. Hiller is 6-5-0 with a 2.24 goals- against average in his career against Los Angeles. The Ducks picked up their third victory in the last four games against their Pacific Division rivals, but they have still dropped six of nine overall to the Kings and four of their last six in Los Angeles.

The Kings picked up a second victory in a row their last time out on Thursday, recording a 3-2 shootout triumph over the Oilers. It marked the sixth straight game between the two clubs at the Staples Center that went into a shootout and Edmonton had won the previous five. Dustin Brown and Jarret Stoll scored in the shootout on Thursday, with Stoll's game-winner coming in the sixth round, and Jonathan Quick ended with 27 saves through overtime and another five in the breakaway session.

Jack Johnson had a goal and an assist and Justin Williams also scored in regulation for Los Angeles, which is 4-0-1 in its last five at home and 12-2-1 at the Staples Center overall this season. "We're in the win column. They're a team that has a lot of skill and if you don't respect them they're going to make you pay," Williams said. "Obviously we didn't have the best game but at the end we had our big players step up and score some goals and Quick made some great saves to get us the two points."

Quick made 17 saves in the loss to the Ducks in November, falling to 5-2-1 with a 2.74 GAA versus them. Williams has three goals in his last four games as well as five tallies and 10 points in 12 career contests against Anaheim.

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