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.
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.
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.