NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Los Angeles
(Saturday, December 2nd)
Final Score: Anaheim 4, Los Angeles 3
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Teemu Selanne's two goals provided the difference as the Anaheim Ducks survived a late rally to edge the Los Angeles Kings, 4-3 at the Staples Center.
Selanne also recorded an assist, Travis Moen picked up a goal and a helper, Andy McDonald chipped in with two assists and Rob Niedermayer also tallied for the Ducks, who have won five in a row. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 38 saves, improving to 16-1-5 on the year.
"I was feeling pretty good I wanted to be aggressive today, and be as big as I could be out there," Giguere said.
The Ducks have won seven straight in the series dating back to last season, including all three meetings this year.
Scott Thornton, Rob Blake, and Dustin Brown scored and Lubomir Visnovsky picked up a pair of assists for the Kings, who have lost two straight and four of six. Dan Cloutier stopped 25 shots in the loss.
Down by three with two minutes remaining, the Kings made things interesting with a pair of goals.
After Todd Marchant was whistled for shooting the puck over the end boards, LA brought its deficit to 4-2 with 1:50 left as Blake skated in from his usual point position, and tipped home Alexander Frolov's turnaround shot from the right circle.
Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer was sent off for the same call only 32 seconds later, and the Kings got within a goal when Anze Kopitar circled the back of the net and fed Brown through the crease, who tapped it in an open net with 33 seconds to go.
The Kings responded by pulling Cloutier, but could not find the equalizer before the buzzer.
"We did enough to win the game, and we have a lot of work ahead of us," said Anaheim head coach Randy Carlyle. "We had energy early, and we got up three goals then relaxed, but they didn't. We have to play stronger than that."
Anaheim scored twice in the first to take a comfortable lead after 20 minutes. Moen knocked home the rebound of a Samuel Pahlsson shot from the right side at 4:11, and Selanne's wrister from the left faceoff dot on the power play hit a half-open net at the 12:22 mark.
The lone goal of the second, at the 17:22 mark, was actually scored twice. From a Ducks rush down the right side into the Kings' zone, the elder Niedermayer dished to Moen who trailed in the slot. His drive ticked off the younger Niedermayer's skate, sailed past Cloutier, and quickly bounced out.
Neither the official at the side of the cage, nor the players around the net, could tell if the puck went in or clanged off the far post, and the play continued with Anaheim stuffing a second shot home. Following a review, the initial deflected shot was ruled a goal as it hit the brace at the back of the net, and the Ducks went into the third with a 3-0 advantage.
It was a 4-0 game just 1:12 into the final period, when Selanne notched his second power-play score of the day from the same place he put in his first, this time off a Chris Pronger point pass.
The Kings broke the shutout 2:20 later, when Thornton pushed home the rebound of a blocked Peter Harrold chance from just outside the crease.
However, the Kings bore down as the clock ticked away, and put a scare into Anaheim, which had been on cruise control with the huge lead.
Anaheim has won four straight games in LA...Los Angeles has given up 25 goals in its last six outings...Selanne's two goals gives him eight in Anaheim's last seven contests...The Kings have scored at least one power-play goal in each of their last five games.
12/02 19:31:19 ET