Home / Recaps / LA Kings Invade Ponda, Edging Ducks 3-2

LA Kings Invade Ponda, Edging Ducks 3-2

Photo credit: Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images

Game 44; 28-13-3

ANAHEIM — It was the first installment of this season’s Freeway Faceoff and the Los Angeles Kings came out victorious, edging the Anaheim Ducks by a 3-2 count. The Kings avenge themselves from their third-period collapse on Saturday vs. Ottawa, returning to the win column.

After not scoring a single goal all season with Philadelphia, newly-acquired Vincent Lecavalier scored his second goal in as many days to open the scoring for Los Angeles. The goal came just 57 seconds into the second period, on the power play, from Jeff Carter and Alec Martinez. The Ducks, though, answered right back as 33 seconds later, Rickard Rakell tipped his ninth past a dumbfounded Jonathan Quick to tie the game for the home side. The Kings, however, were unfazed.

Photo credit: Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images
Photo credit: Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images

Later in the frame with the Kings pressing to regain their lead, Tyler Toffoli batted a shot off Anaheim’s Sami Vatanen and in, giving Los Angeles the lead once again for his team’leading 22nd. Anze Kopitar got an assist as did Jake Muzzin, who extended his point-streak to seven games. But the Kings weren’t done there.

Just 1:56 later, Brayden McNabb took a point shot that Kopitar perfectly tipped through the wickets of John Gibson for his 13th. Suddenly, it was 3-1 Los Angeles.

Photo credit: Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images
Photo credit: Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images

New Duck David Perron scored in the third to pull the home team to within one but that was Anaheim could muster as Jonathan Quick turned away 30 to pick up his 25th win of the year.

Overall, a much better, more well-rounded effort came from the Kings and it paid off as they beat their most heated rivals in enemy territory.

With Toffoli’s goal, he now has 10 in his last 12 games while Anze Kopitar’s two-point night gives him 18 in his last 11.

The Kings now get a deserved day off before returning home to prepare for a Tuesday night date against the Dallas Stars.

About Ryan Cowley

Ryan Cowley has been writing about the Los Angeles Kings since 2009, beginning as the head writer and editor of Make Way for the Kings since its inception. Until the summer of 2015, Make Way was run by the FanvsFan Network (www.makewayforthekings.com) but has since become independent at its new address: www.makewayforthekings.net Ryan is an NHL-accredited writer who has covered such events as the Stanley Cup Final and Stadium Series. He is also a graduate of Comedy Writing & Performance from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario.

Check Also

Photo credit: Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images

Kardiac Kings Persevere as Carter Nets OT-Winner vs. Flames

Game 80; 47-28-5 CALGARY — This was a wild, back-and-forth affair but in the end, ...