NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Los Angeles
(Tuesday, October 14th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 6, Anaheim 3
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Wayne Simmonds scored a goal in just his third NHL game, as the Los Angeles Kings doubled up the Anaheim Ducks, 6-3, at the Staples Center.
Jarret Stoll had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who got their first win of the season. Matt Moulson scored a goal while Tom Preissing had a goal and an assist. Jason LaBarbera stopped 23-of-26 shots as the Kings broke into the win column with new coach Terry Murray.
"We're sticking together, we're not getting caught out of position," said LaBarbera. "Our defense did a great job of blocking shots."
Brian Sutherby scored for the Ducks, who begin the season 0-3 for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign, when they lost five consecutive contests to start the year. Todd Marchant and Teemu Selanne tallied in defeat, while Jean- Sebastien Giguere let in five goals on 22 shots.
A pair of power play goals helped the Kings get back on top heading into the final stanza.
Anze Kopitar and Preissing assisted on Patrick O'Sullivan's wrap-around goal, which beat Giguere with 5:40 left to play in the second period and tied the game at 2-2.
LA took the lead, 3-2, with less than a minute to go before the final stanza. During a 5-on-3, Stoll controlled the puck by the right circle and fed a pass to Kopitar in the corner. Kopitar glided the puck right back, and Stoll's one-timer lit the lamp.
Dustin Brown beat Scott Niedermayer to a loose puck along the right boards, then sent the puck across to Moulson, who beat Giguere over the glove for a 4-2 Kings advantage just 51 ticks into the third frame.
Preissing's slap shot from the right point found its way through traffic and into the back of the net for a 5-2 lead just past the midway point of the third.
Selanne came in on a breakaway, switched forehand to his backhand and beat LaBarbera over the right pad to bring Anaheim within 5-3 with 4:29 left in the game.
The Kings sealed the victory with an empty-net tally by Alexander Frolov with 72 seconds remaining.
"We're not feeling good right now, we're not playing well," said Niedermayer. "We need an effort every shift, that's the only way to have success."
Nathan McIver's pass, with 1:46 gone in the first period, found Sutherby, whose wrist shot hit the back of the net for a 1-0 Anaheim advantage.
Samuel Pahlsson assisted on Marchant's first goal of the season, at the 7:12 mark of the first, to give the Ducks a two-goal lead.
The Kings cut their deficit in half 30 seconds later. Sean O'Donnell's wraparound was stopped by Giguere, but Simmonds was sitting in front of the crease to slap home the puck and make it a 2-1 game.
LA's Oscar Moller earned his first career point with an assist...LaBarbera has stopped 79 of 86 shots in his first three games for a .919 save percentage...Anaheim is 0-for-11 on the power play this season...LA has killed 14-of-14 power plays this year...The Kings haven't gone 0-3-0 to start a season since losing the first three contests of the 1985-86 campaign...Anaheim went 6-2 against the Kings in 2007-08 and have won seven of the last 12 meetings in the series. The Ducks have taken two of three and seven of the last nine road tests against LA.
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