NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Los Angeles
(Thursday, January 8th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Anaheim 3
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Alexander Frolov scored the game-winning goal to go with an assist, and the Los Angeles Kings spoiled Bobby Ryan's natural hat trick with a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
Down 3-0 late in the second, Ryan, who was picked after Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby in the 2005 NHL Draft, tallied three goals in 2:21 to tie the game at three. It was the Cherry Hill, NJ native's first career hat trick in his 47th NHL game.
Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who have won two of three. Jonathan Quick surrendered three goals on 27 shots in the win for LA.
Jean-Sebastian Giguere allowed two goals on 10 shots before being pulled in favor of Jonas Hiller early in the second period. Hiller allowed two goals on 16 shots the rest of the way for the Ducks, who have lost three of five.
The two teams split the home-and-home series, with the Ducks winning in Anaheim on Tuesday.
Anaheim cut its deficit to two with 45.9 seconds left in the second period. On the power play, Ryan got the puck down low and fired it through Quick's legs for the goal.
The Ducks made it a one-goal game off the opening faceoff of the third period, as Ryan found a loose puck right in front of the net and stuffed it home just 16 seconds into the frame.
Ryan completed the natural hat trick 79 seconds later, doing a spin-o-rama around Kings defender Peter Harrold before eluding Quick in front of the crease and depositing the puck into the open net to tie the game at three.
But Los Angeles regained the lead on the power play at the 7:43 mark of the third. Teddy Purcell's shot from the point bounced off to the side, where Frolov was waiting to put the puck into the wide-open net.
Anaheim pulled Hiller with 91 seconds left, but they couldn't net the equalizer in the final moments, and the Kings took the victory.
After most of the first period went scoreless, the Kings took a 1-0 lead with six seconds to go in the opening frame on Brown's wrist shot that beat Giguere.
Los Angeles struck quickly in the second for 2-0 lead, as Wayne Simmonds found the back of the net just 37 seconds into the frame. The Kings made it a 3-0 game on Kopitar's tally at the 8:50 mark of the middle stanza.
The fastest natural hat trick in NHL history was posted by Chicago's Bill Mosienko, who tallied three times in only 21 seconds in 1952...Despite the loss, the Ducks lead the season series, 3-2...Anaheim fell to 9-8-2 on the road, while the Kings improved to 12-8-6 at home.
01/09 01:22:34 ET