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Anaheim at Los Angeles

Ducks take down Kings for second time in three nights

CBSSports.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- The defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks finally seem to be building up some steam.

Corey Perry had two goals and an assist, and Chris Kunitz added three assists to lead the Ducks to a 6-3 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

The victory, the Ducks' second against Los Angeles in three nights, gave them their first three-game winning streak of the season.

"There's definitely something building," Perry said. "When you start a streak, guys get more confidence and things start going your way. That's what we've got to keep working on -- playing our game and keep playing the same way on the road as we do at home.

"Everybody knows their role and everybody's doing their job. When you've got 23 guys on the same page, you're going to be successful. We're just starting to bond together now and starting to play a little bit better."

Perry scored his first goal while fighting for position in front of the Kings' net, and the second in a quite different manner, on a breakaway.

"You've got to go into those dirty areas, which are where a lot of goals are scored," he said of his second-period goal when he redirected a pass from Kunitz into the net.

"So if you're getting in there and getting your nose dirty, you're going to get rewarded and some are going to go in off you."

Kunitz set him up for his next goal when he made a long pass between defenders and Perry skated in alone to beat Jean-Sebastien Aubin.

Aubin and Ducks counterpart Jean-Sebastien Giguere each made 26 saves.

Ryan Getzlaf broke a 2-2 tie when he jammed the puck past the sprawling Aubin at 2:08 of the third. The Kings goalie blocked a shot by Perry, Kunitz took a couple of whacks at the puck near the left post, and it trickled across the crease to Getzlaf. The goal was his seventh.

Brad May gave the Ducks a two-goal pad when he scored on a backhand in the crease at 8:31 of the period. Anaheim made it 5-2 on Samuel Pahlsson's goal with 9:05 to play.

After Patrick O'Sullivan scored the Kings' third goal, with 3:19 remaining, Anaheim's Rob Niedermayer capped the scoring with a long, bouncing shot into an empty net with 42 seconds remaining.

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle obviously was pleased with the victory, saying, "It's a divisional foe and our biggest rival, so it's always nice to beat them. They've played us competitively ever since I've been coaching in Anaheim, so there's no easy ones. And by no means was this easy tonight."

He said the Ducks got off easy in the opening period.

"We were fortunate enough to get out of the first period only down one, because we played so poorly," Carlyle said. "But it really is a show of character for our group when you can go in and regroup after a period like that."

Los Angeles coach Marc Crawford said both teams played well in the first two periods and, "The third period was definitely the difference. When the game was on the line, you have to be at your best. And they were. You have to give them credit."

Dustin Brown, who had one of the Kings' goals, said, "We have a good team here that competes against the top teams in the league. It's just a matter of being consistent. Not only from game to game, but from the first minute to the last minute of the game."

Perry scored his second goal at 16:24 of the second period -- and drew the Ducks even for the second time. The goal was his 11th.

Brown gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead at 12:05 of the second period. After Anze Kopitar gave the Kings the lead in the first period, Perry tied it 52 seconds into the second period.

Notes

  • The Kings were assessed a rare bench-minor penalty for a "second faceoff violation" at 4:17 of the second period. First, Derek Armstrong was kicked out of the circle by linesman Brad Lazarowich after jumping the gun against Pahlsson, and the same thing happened to his replacement Ladislav Nagy.
  • Ducks D Matthieu Schneider did not play because of a hip injury.
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No, it's not a ballet move. That's Ryan Carter (left) finishing off a body check on L.A.'s John Zeiler. (AP)
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Scoreboard
Anaheim  (9-8-3) «0246
Los Angeles (8-9-1)1113
Three Stars
C. Perry
ANA


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
C. Kunitz
ANA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
A. Kopitar
LA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
13:08Power Play - Anze Kopitar (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Michael Cammalleri, Rob Blake
2ND PERIOD
52.0Corey Perry (10), Tip-In. Assist: Chris Kunitz, Ryan Getzlaf
12:05Dustin Brown (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Anze Kopitar, Michael Cammalleri
16:24Corey Perry (11), Slap Shot. Assist: Chris Kunitz
3RD PERIOD
02:08Ryan Getzlaf (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Chris Kunitz, Corey Perry
08:31Brad May (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Andy McDonald
10:55Samuel Pahlsson (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Rob Niedermayer, Travis Moen
16:41Patrick O'Sullivan (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Matt Moulson, Alexander Frolov
19:18Rob Niedermayer (2), Empty Net. Assist: Chris Pronger
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:47Moulson, 2 min, Interference
11:12Miller, 2 min, Slashing
16:57Zeiler, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
16:57Perry, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
2ND PERIOD
03:44Beauchemin, 2 min, Hooking
04:17Armstrong, 2 min, Faceoff Violation
06:45Pronger, 2 min, High-Sticking
07:52Beauchemin, 2 min, Slashing
14:01Preissing, 2 min, Tripping
14:16Perry, 2 min, Boarding
3RD PERIOD
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Shots On Goal
 123T
Anaheim4111732
Los Angeles1111729
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Jean-Sebastien Giguere60:00263
Jean-Sebastien Aubin59:46265
Game Information
Attendance - 18118
Referees - Bill McCreary, Mike Hasenfratz
Linesmen - Brad Lazarowich, Mark Wheler
 
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Buf 2 Final
Ott 3
Min 4 Final
Edm 2
NYR 4 Final
Phi 3
SJ 6 Final
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Nash 5
NYI 2 Final
Pitt 3
Wash 1 Final
Fla 2
Tor 2 Final
Bos 5