NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Anaheim
(Friday, December 16th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Anaheim 3 (SO)
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Pavol Demitra and Alexander Frolov each lit the lamp during the shootout session to lift the Los Angeles Kings over Anaheim, 4-3, at Arrowhead Pond.
Derek Armstrong, Dustin Brown and Petr Kanko all scored regulation goals for Los Angeles, which has won two of three. Mathieu Garon made 42 saves and stopped both shots he faced in the shootout.
Joffrey Lupul had a goal and an assist for the Mighty Ducks, who have lost two of their last three games. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 34 saves in defeat.
Following a scoreless overtime, Demitra opened up the shootout with a snapshot goal that found room in the left side of the net.
Teemu Selanne followed but could not control the puck on the Ducks' first try, allowing Garon to make the easy stop.
Frolov then beat Giguere low and left to give the Kings a 2-0 advantage. Scott Niedermayer tried to keep the Kings alive, but Garon nearly did a full split to deny Niedermayer the low post and give the Kings the win.
Armstrong gave the Kings a 1-0 advantage 7:06 into the contest. Giguere made the initial save on Frolov, but the rebound slid behind the netminder and Armstrong was able to punch it in.
Brown made it a two-goal Los Angeles advantage with 4:12 remaining in the frame. Eric Belanger was twice denied from point-blank range on the power play but the second rebound trickled across the crease for Brown, who poked it into the open net.
Anaheim, however, scored three unanswered goals to assume the lead.
Petr Sykora got the Mighty Ducks on the board with 16 seconds left in the first on a feed from Andy McDonald.
Todd Marchant evened the score at 2-2 at the 1:50 mark of the second, redirecting a Lupul shot in front to beat Garon.
Lupul gave Anaheim its first lead of the game midway through the second with a power-play goal.
Kanko evened the game at 3-3 early in the third. The right winger corralled a Kings turnover behind the net, turned and then centered the puck, which kicked off a defender out front and past Giguere.
The Ducks drew a power-play with 2:16 remaining in the game, but it was the Kings who had the best chance to win it late in regulation.
Demitra pounced on an Anaheim turnover and raced in on goal for a shorthanded breakaway try. His backhander in the right slot with less than a minute on the clock was turned away by Giguere, though, to force overtime.
This is the second matchup of the season between the Ducks and Kings. LA picked up a 3-1 victory at the Staples Center on October 25...LA is 8-7-1 as the visiting team this season...Eight of the last 12 encounters have been decided by one goal or less...Giguere is 0-3 in shootouts this year.
12/17 01:45:47 ET