NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Anaheim
(Monday, January 9th)
Final Score: Anaheim 6, Los Angeles 2
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Jonathan Hedstrom's hat trick helped pace the Anaheim Mighty Ducks past the Los Angeles Kings, 6-2, at the Pond.
Ryan Getzlaf, Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz also scored while Joffrey Lupul registered three assists for Anaheim, which snapped a modest two-game losing streak. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 41 saves in the win.
This was Anaheim's first game without Petr Sykora, who was shipped to the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Maxim Kondratiev. Sykora was struggling this season, checking in with only seven goals and 13 assists.
Craig Conroy and Lubomir Visnovsky both scored for the Kings, who have dropped two in a row since winning three straight. Mathieu Garon made just 21 saves on 27 opportunities.
Anaheim jumped on top 2-1 after the opening 20 minutes.
Getzlaf got things started for the Ducks with a wrister from the left circle 5:48 into the contest.
Conroy netted the equalizer 1:24 later on a one-timer from between the circles but Anaheim quickly responded with a power-play tally from McDonald, who maneuvered into the high slot before sliding the puck through the pads of Garon.
Visnovsky tied the game at 2-2 46 seconds into the second frame, but Anaheim reeled off four straight goals to take command.
Hedstrom gave the Ducks the lead for good midway through the second with a slapshot from the top of the left circle, and added another goal with just under five minutes to play in the stanza to make it 4-2.
Then, after Kunitz lit the lamp midway though the third, Hedstrom completed the hat trick with a one-timer from the left circle to cap the scoring.
This was the second test of a four-game road trip for the Kings, who are 12-10-2 as the visiting team this year...The Ducks improved to 14-6-3 at home this year...The Kings still own a 6-2-1 record (1 loss, 1 tie) against Anaheim in the last nine encounters.
01/10 01:23:15 ET