Game 62; 37-21-4
ANAHEIM — As anticipated, it was a hostile matchup, but it was the Anaheim Ducks who came away victorious as they defeated the Los Angeles Kings by a 4-2 count. The victory, however, did not come out without its share of controversy.
Despite said controversy, though, the Kings saw their four-game winning streak end thanks to self-inflicted matters.
A lack of discipline, sloppy defense and, at one point, questionable line changing all contributed to Los Angeles’s defeat.
On this night, the Ducks scored three times on the power play while Corey Perry netted a hat-trick. The Kings hung in there, though, scoring a power play goal of their own — courtesy of Alec Martinez from Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar — to capitalizing on a weird bounce — which Tanner Pearson scored on. In the end, however, it was the Ducks who had the better night as they won their eighth-straight game.
As far as said controversy went, the Kings, down 4-2 in the third, scored to pull to within one. However, the goal was challenged due to a possible offside. After nearly 10 minutes of review, the call on the ice was overturned as the play, which looked inconclusive at best, was called offside. Worse, the 36 seconds taken off the clock between the offside and the goal was not put back on the clock as the Kings lost that much power play time.
Said no-goal was a bitter pill to swallow but in the end, it was Los Angeles’s inability to stay out of the box which lead to their loss.
The Kings do not end February the way they wanted to but they will hope to start March off on the right foot when they return home to face off against the Montreal Canadiens.