Game 51; 31-17-3
LOS ANGELES — The Anaheim Ducks have drawn even in the Freeway Faceoff this season as they defeated the Los Angeles Kings by a 4-2 count. The road team has now won each game in this season series thus far.
Ryan Getzlaf got things started, scoring just his fourth of the year — and his first even-strength tally of the year — beating Jonathan Quick glove-side to give the Ducks the 1-0 lead 8:59 into the contest. Getzlaf then added an assist to David Perron‘s goal just a few minutes later as the new Duck crashed the net to make it 2-0 Anaheim.
In the third, the newest Duck, Ryan Garbutt, made it 3-0, chasing Jonathan Quick from the net after allowing three goals on just nine shots. Jhonas Enroth came on in relief and provided some timely goaltending.
On the other end, the Kings immediately benefited from the change as Tyler Toffoli tipped a Drew Doughty point shot past John Gibson for his team-leading 23rd to put the silver-and-black on the board. The goal came on the power play — the Kings’ fourth in two games — with Anze Kopitar picking up the second assist.
The Ducks, however, regained their three-goal lead as, just shy of the halfway point of the second, Hampus Lindholm scored a power play marker of his own to make it 4-1. Overall, the Ducks had outshot the Kings 15-4 in the second.
The Kings picked up the pace in the third, though, as they outshot the Ducks by a 12-2 margin. Unfortunately, they could not solve John Gibson until the final minute when Alec Martinez cut the deficit in half. But it was far too little, far too late as the Kings fell in defeat.
For the Ducks, they are, pardon the pun, flying. With the victory, they now have wins in five-straight games and looking to build on their third-place standing in the Pacific.
Some good news for the Kings on this night was the play of Anze Kopitar who extended his point streak to five games with two assists. Drew Doughty also extended his point streak to five with his helper. Overall, though, this just wasn’t the Kings’ night and for Jonathan Quick, hopefully his early exit will be a wake-up call not only for him but for his defense as well.
The Kings are now off for a few days as they embark on a seven-game road trip, beginning early next week in Boston.