Perry Lifts Ducks Over Kings In OT

Corey Perry scored on a devastating slap shot 1:32 into in overtime, lifting the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

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Perry OT Goal Lifts Kings Over Ducks, 2-1

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Corey Perry scored on a devastating slap shot 1:32 into in overtime, lifting the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. The game-winner came after a Kings forward Anze Kopitar turned the puck over in the LA zone, falling to the ice near the boards. Cam Fowler picked it up for a cross-ice pass to Perry, who skated down the right side and uncorked a shot that hit Jonathan Quick's glove before finding the back of the net.

"We battled tonight and we have another one tomorrow, so it was a huge relief," said Ducks goaltender Ray Emery about the game-winner. Brandon McMillan scored Anaheim's only regulation goal in the first period, while LA's Dustin Brown tied the game in the third. Emery had 31 saves for the Ducks, who have won four of their last five to pull within a point of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Quick finished with 23 saves for the Kings, who are the No. 5 seed in the conference, three points behind Phoenix. They have lost two straight (0-1-1) on the heels of a four-game winning streak. "Right from the very start of the game there was a playoff-like atmosphere, the building was alive, and both teams came to compete hard," said LA head coach Terry Murray.

"I thought we had an excellent third period, but we just couldn't find a way to finish at the end of the day. It was unfortunate but we're going to build off this, there were a lot of nice things that happened." Anaheim flipped the puck into the LA zone and McMillan found his way past three defenders to score the game's first goal 15:24 into the first period.

After a scoreless second period -- Emery had 13 saves, Quick 8 -- Brown tallied 11:04 into the third after Michal Handzus found him with a long pass from the right boards, sending it across the ice to the goalmouth on the left side.

Anaheim hosts Calgary on Sunday...Emery made his first start against the Kings...LA was coming off a 4-0 loss to St. Louis on Thursday, which followed a 4-0 road trip...The Kings are 0-1-1 on a five-game homestand that also includes visits from the Flames, Sharks and Avalanche.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs Anaheim Calling and Jewels From The Crown.

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Kings, Ducks Resume Rivalry At Staples Center

(Sports Network) - If the playoffs were to start today, Anaheim would be the only Pacific Division team going home early. The Ducks will try to alter the standings tonight as they visit the Los Angeles Kings and the Staples Center. The Sharks lead the Pacific Division with 90 points and sit third in the Western Conference. The Coyotes, Kings and Stars hold the next three spots in the standings, though Dallas is tied with Chicago and one point back of the fifth-place Kings.

That leaves the Ducks on the outside, but they are just two points behind the eighth-place idle Flames and have played three fewer games. Anaheim has kept the pressure on by winning three of its last four and recording points in seven of the past nine (6-2-1). The Ducks are coming off a 2-1 victory on Wednesday over the Blues, with Ray Emery making 30 saves in his first start since Feb. 1 of last year with the Flyers due to hip surgery. He had made his Anaheim debut last Sunday in relief of Dan Ellis.

"I have a checklist that I run through," Emery said. "I have been for awhile at this level. I know how to prepare. I definitely had butterflies going and was excited to get in there. I don't control when I play, who I play against or what kind of game. When you get the opportunity, you want to make the most of it." It is unknown if Emery or Ellis will start tonight as the duo continues to fill-in for No. 1 Jonas Hiller, who remains out with vertigo. Emery has never started against the Kings, while Ellis is 5-1-0 with a 2.63 goals-against average versus them.

Jason Blake supported Emery on Wednesday with a pair of goals for the Ducks, who have won seven of their past nine on the road. Anaheim will try to take advantage of a Los Angeles club that looked flat at home on Thursday following a perfect 4-0 road trip. The Kings finished a 4-0 setback to the Blues in the opener of a five-game homestand by notching a season-low 17 shots. They were getting outshot 24-3 at one point in the second period.

"There's nothing to explain. We had nothing going on, there was no energy, we were totally out-played," said Kings head coach Terry Murray. "We had six shots after two periods. We're coming off an incredible road trip, the tank is empty. There's nothing to talk about."

Jonathan Quick gave up four goals on 39 shots for Los Angeles, which is four points back of fourth-place Phoenix and five behind the Sharks. The Kings also lost Kyle Clifford to an upper-body injury following a first- period fight on Thursday and he did not practice on Friday.

Quick is 6-2-1 with a 2.66 GAA in his career versus the Ducks, while backup Jonathan Bernier, who has won three of his last four starts, has bested Anaheim in both of his career starts in this series by halting 44-of-46 total shots faced. The Kings have taken two straight over the Ducks after losing the first meeting this season and have won eight of the last 11 overall. Anaheim has dropped four of five and six of its last nine at the Staples Center.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs Anaheim Calling and Jewels From The Crown.

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