NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Anaheim
(Tuesday, April 4th)
Final Score: Anaheim 6, Los Angeles 2
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Teemu Selanne scored two power-play goals to lead the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in a pivotal cross-town Pacific Division matchup at Arrowhead Pond. Both teams are battling for playoff positioning.
Samuel Pahlsson netted two goals and Joffrey Lupul also scored for the Mighty Ducks, who won their third straight game and moved within two points of the Nashville Predators for the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoff race. Jean-Sebastien Giguere allowed two goals on just 18 shots and Corey Perry added a late goal in the win.
"Let's keep pushing, let's catch Nashville," said Selanne of the mood in the Anaheim locker room. "There is absolutely no team in the NHL better than we are right now".
Tim Gleason and Craig Conroy scored for Los Angeles, which saw its two-game winning streak halted and lost for the fourth time in its last six games overall. Mathieu Garon made 35 saves for the Kings, who still have 85 points and are tied with the San Jose Sharks two points behind the Vancouver Canucks, who currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot.
"I think we're playing desperate hockey," said Garon. "All the points are really important right now."
With the contest tied 2-2, the Mighty Ducks' third power-play goal of the night gave them a one-goal edge at the 4:05 mark of the third period. A nice defensive stickcheck by Lupul inside his own zone sent Selanne up ice with a head of steam. Selanne crossed the blue line and dropped the puck for Andy McDonald, who gave it right back and Selanne blasted home a one-timer from a sharp angle inside the lower left circle.
Pahlsson's first goal of the period and 10th of the season made it 4-2 with nine minutes remaining in regulation. He accepted a pass across the blue line and stopped at the top of the right circle before his wrist shot through a screen found the far upper corner of the cage.
With 11 seconds to play, Pahlsson's empty-netter preceded Perry's goal with less than one second remaining as the Mighty Ducks skated off with their fifth consecutive home victory.
"We're more comfortable at home than we are on the road," Giguere said.
The Kings opened the scoring with Gleason's second goal of the season 6:35 into the first period. Strong work along the lower right half-wall allowed Sean Avery to emerge with the puck. Avery, from inside the right circle, sent a cross-ice pass to Gleason, who fired home a wrister from the left slot.
Selanne's power-play breakaway goal midway through the opening stanza knotted the contest. A long lead pass by McDonald found the tape of Selanne's stick in stride, and the sniper went in alone against Garon and scored his 37th goal of the season.
Only 33 seconds later, Conroy gave the Kings a 2-1 lead. A turnover near the goal line by Anaheim defenseman Francois Beauchemin saw the puck squirt directly onto the stick of Conroy, who gained control at the goal mouth and lifted the disc over the far-side shoulder of Giguere at 11:03.
Lupul's 25th goal, a power-play marker 1:24 into the second period from McDonald and Selanne, created a 2-2 tie.
The Ducks improved to 25-9-5 at home this season...Anaheim now leads the season series, 4-3...McDonald ended with three assists, while Selanne notched two helpers...The hosts were 3-for-4 on the power play and the Kings went scoreless on three chances with the extra skater...Attendance was 17,174.
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