Los Angeles at Anaheim

Perry extends points streak to 19 games as Kings edge Ducks

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Round one in hockey's version of the Freeway Series went to the Los Angeles Kings, who spent the previous four seasons green with envy while the Anaheim Ducks made annual trips to the postseason and won a Stanley Cup in the process.

For the time being, it seems the tables might be turning. The Kings have emerged as Southern California's top team, and Tuesday night they pulled out a 4-3 victory in their rival's rink when defenseman Jack Johnson scored with 2:20 left in the third period.

Anaheim is seven points out of a playoff spot, while the Kings are trying to make the postseason for the first time since 2002. They have never been in the playoffs in the same season, and the Kings' only trip to the Stanley Cup Finals was 1993 -- the season before the NHL expanded to Anaheim.

"The rivalry is heating up," said Kings coach Terry Murray, in his second season with the team. "It's always a good game whenever the Kings play the Ducks. There is good intensity and good players on both teams. The way the game went, we got a lead, they come back and tie it up. They've got great players that respond well to the challenge. It made for a fun game."

Scott Parse and Justin Williams had first-period goals for the Kings and Randy Jones connected in the second. Jonathan Quick made 27 saves.

Corey Perry had a goal and an assist for Anaheim to extend his point streak to 19 games, tied for the longest by an NHL player since Paul Stastny's 20-game run for Colorado in 2006-07. Sidney Crosby also had a 19-game streak for Pittsburgh two seasons ago.

Ryan Whitney and Todd Marchant also scored and Jonas Hiller made 38 saves for the Ducks, who rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie it. They finished their homestand 4-2-1 and are 10 points behind fifth-place Los Angeles in the Western Conference standings.

The Kings went back in front when Johnson got the puck from Jones and took a one-timer from the right point that beat Hiller through a maze of players for his third goal of the season and first game-winner in 148 NHL games.

The Ducks got a power-play opportunity after Johnson was sent off for cross-checking rookie Matt Beleskey with 1:35 to play, but came up empty despite a number of close calls.

"I think every single person in the building knew they were going to come hard after that," Kings forward Anze Kopitar said. "Unfortunately, we take a penalty, and our penalty killers had to come up big."

Trailing 2-0 before a crowd of 14,231 at the 17,174-seat Honda Center, the Ducks got on the board at 14:41 of the first when Perry tipped in James Wisniewski's wrist shot from just inside the blue line to snap a personal eight-game goal drought.

Jones restored the Kings' two-goal margin at 6:40 of the second, beating Hiller high to the stick side with a 35-foot slap shot from above the left circle.

But staggered penalties to Brad Richardson and Wayne Simmonds gave Anaheim a 5-on-3 power play for 15 seconds, and Whitney beat Quick high to the glove side at 17:28 of the period with a one-timer only three seconds after the first penalty expired. Ryan Getzlaf got an assist for his 300th NHL point.

Marchant got the equalizer with 14:31 left, beating defenseman Matt Greene to a rebound after Beleskey took a shot that struck Quick on the chest. The assist was Beleskey's first NHL point.

"We gave ourselves a chance. Todd Marchant goes out and gets us a goal that was a huge emotional boost for us," teammate Bobby Ryan said. "But they came right down and scored not too long afterwards. We've done that numerous times this year. It's something we've addressed and gone over a number of times, but it seems to keep happening."

Parse opened the scoring at 5:11 of the first with his second NHL goal. Williams made it 2-0 at 11:33.

"The Ducks have a good team over there, so it helps when you jump on them real quick," Kopitar said. "We were fortunate to score a quick two goals. I thought we controlled the game from there. They got back in the third period, but we didn't lose it. We kept going and we got rewarded in the end."

Notes

  • Anaheim LW Kyle Calder, who on Nov. 16 became the 19th player to play for the Ducks and Kings during the regular season, missed his second successive game after getting hit by a deflected puck in practice.
  • The Ducks, who began the day with the league's second-best power-play percentage (24.5), are 11 for 28 with the man advantage in their past seven games.
  • The Kings are 10-0-0 when leading after two periods.
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Jack Johnson celebrates with Kings teammate Randy Jones moments after Johnson's go-ahead goal.  (AP)
Jack Johnson celebrates with Kings teammate Randy Jones moments after Johnson's go-ahead goal. (AP)

Scoreboard
Los Angeles  (16-10-2) «2114
Anaheim (10-12-4)1113
Three Stars
J. Johnson
LA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
C. Perry
ANA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
W. Simmonds
LA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:11Scott Parse (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Simmonds, O'Donnell
11:33Power Play - Justin Williams (6), Tip-In. Assist: Stoll, Brown
14:41Corey Perry (14), Tip-In. Assist: Wisniewski, Getzlaf
2ND PERIOD
06:40Randy Jones (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Richardson, Johnson
17:28Power Play - Ryan Whitney (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Getzlaf, Perry
3RD PERIOD
05:29Todd Marchant (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Beleskey, Eminger
17:40Brad Richardson (1), Tip-In. Assist: Johnson, Jones
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:12Artyukhin, 2 min, Slashing
06:40Parros, 5 min, Fighting
06:40Ivanans, 5 min, Fighting
10:41Artyukhin, 2 min, Holding
14:56Nokelainen, 2 min, Tripping
19:44Johnson, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
04:11Whitney, 2 min, Holding
15:25Richardson, 2 min, High-Sticking
17:11Simmonds, 2 min, Roughing
3RD PERIOD
09:59Artyukhin, 2 min, Tripping
18:25Johnson, 2 min, Cross-Checking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Los Angeles16141242
Anaheim1361130
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Jonathan Quick59:52273
Jonas Hiller58:25384
Game Information
Attendance - 14231
Referees - Dan O'Halloran, Frederick L'Ecuyer
Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Jean Morin
 
Other Games
Ott 2 Final
SJ 5
Colu 3 Final
Chi 4
Tor 3 Final
Mon 0