NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Anaheim
(Sunday, December 3rd)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Anaheim 2
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Alexander Frolov scored two goals to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at The Pond.
Dan Cloutier stopped 27 shots and Derek Armstrong added a goal and an assist for the Kings, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
"We just never gave up," said Cloutier. "We played hard in the third period. We've had problems before when we've had the lead but tonight we didn't look back and kept going. That's the way we have to do it."
Todd Marchant and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal for the Ducks, who had a five- game winning streak halted.
Ilja Bryzgalov started in net for Anaheim and stopped 30 shots before leaving in the third period with a leg injury. Jean-Sebastien Giguere finished in net and stopped eight of nine shots.
Anaheim grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first period with a power-play goal. Dustin Penner had the puck at the right side of the net and sent it to Chris Pronger at the right point. Pronger faked a shot and fired a pass to Getzlaf, who fired a one-timer from the left circle that beat Cloutier seven minutes in.
The Kings, though, countered with a power-play goal of their own to tie the game. Lubomir Visnovsky accepted a pass at the top of the right circle and immediately sent it to the top of the left circle, where Frolov blasted a one- timer into the left corner of the net with 1:49 remaining in the first.
Good forechecking behind the Anaheim net resulted in the Kings gaining control of the puck and Armstrong's backhander from the slot went through a screen and sailed into the left corner of the net to give LA a 2-1 lead 9:25 into the second.
The Kings had a golden opportunity to take a 3-1 lead when they had 1:36 of 5- on-3 play, but the Ducks kept LA from any quality opportunities and the teams skated into the third period with the Kings still holding on to a one-goal lead.
Cloutier preserved the lead late in the third when Ryan Shannon took a feed at the left circle and snapped a wrist shot that Cloutier swallowed with the body and didn't allow a rebound with under two minutes to play.
Frolov gave the Kings some insurance when he got a pass in the low slot and lifted a shot over the left shoulder of Giguere for a 3-1 lead with 1:16 to play.
The goal proved fortuitous as Marchant banged a rebound into the net from down low to make it a 3-2 game with 38 seconds to play, but Anaheim was unable to net the equalizer.
The Ducks host the Predators on Wednesday...The Kings host Nashville on Thursday...Anaheim had won all three games against LA this season and seven straight...The Kings went 1-for-8 on the power play while Anaheim finished 1- for-3...Penner finished the game with two assists.
12/03 23:47:53 ET