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Los Angeles at Anaheim

Kings conclude 10-game road trip with win at Ducks

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings once again showed they can hold on to a one-goal lead even if it took them time to shake off the pesky Anaheim Ducks.

Willie Mitchell scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, giving the Kings a 3-2 victory on Wednesday in the 99th meeting between the rivals.

Mitchell snapped a 2-2 tie with just his second goal of the season and first since Oct. 28 at Dallas. His slap shot from the top of the left circle sailed through traffic and found the top right corner of the net at 6:45.

Los Angeles won five of seven one-goal games on its 10-game road trip.

"That is something we are starting to do a better job of because we are not a high-scoring team," Mitchell said. "That is something we really have to focus on and have it be the strength of our hockey club."

The win allowed the Kings to close their trip with a 6-1-3 record, moving ahead of the Ducks in the tightly bunched Western Conference playoff race. The Kings are in sixth place, tied with Minnesota, Nashville and Calgary with 70 points each.

"Ever since they brought the shootout in and the extra point, it has just gotten so much tighter," Kings right wing Justin Williams said. "There are a lot of one-goal games, just like tonight, and it's going to be like that from here on out."

Anaheim played without captain Ryan Getzlaf and Saku Koivu, who tweaked his groin muscle in practice Monday.

"Those are tough guys to step in and fill voids for," right wing Bobby Ryan said. "But the guys did a good job and we had our chances. We got the puck to the net and there were rebounds to be had. So the outcome could have been a little bit different, but the guys worked hard."

The Kings twice took one-goal leads only to watch the Ducks tie it up.

Goaltender Jonathan Quick made 25 saves for his 28th victory. Curtis McElhinney stopped 15 shots for the Ducks, who lost their fourth in a row.

"It's been a great road trip," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "That's 15 points out of a possible 20, that's a nice road trip. It's important that we keep our focus on how that happened - the hard work, the intensity, the concentration every game to bring it every day and do things right."

Corey Perry's slap shot from near the blue line tied it 2-all for Anaheim at 10:05 of the penalty-free second. Perry's 31st goal was his sixth in the past eight games.

"They did a good job of blocking lanes and keeping guys from going to the net. With the exception of Corey's goal, Quick had a pretty easy night," Ryan said. "He didn't have a lot of traffic in front of him. They have some big defenseman that clog that area pretty well and get you out of there. We didn't spend enough time in the dangerous areas."

The Kings started the game slowly, with no shots on goal in the first 10:06. That's when Anaheim's Kyle Chipchura and the Kings' Kyle Clifford received five-minute fighting penalties, and the action was on.

Perhaps energized by the bout, Ryan Smyth scored to give the Kings a 1-0 lead at 12:13 of the first. His stick hit the rebound in mid-air off McElhinney's pad for his 20th goal.

Anaheim's Teemu Selanne notched his 20th goal 1:19 later, connecting with a slap shot from the left side near the blue line that tied the game. He has recorded points in eight of the past nine games.

"There were a couple of bad bounces, but what are you going to do?" Selanne said. "What we've got to do now is stay positive. It was tough to play with our two best centers out, but there's no excuses."

The Kings regained a 2-1 lead when Anze Kopitar was perfectly positioned for a rebound that he sent in past McElhinney's left skate at 17:09.

Notes

  • Getzlaf missed the game to be with his wife, who gave birth to their nine-pound son, Ryder James Getzlaf, earlier Thursday.
  • Selanne's goal was his 626th, putting him 14th on the career scoring list.
  • The Kings improved to 45-36-18 all time against the Ducks. Los Angeles leads the season series 2-1 with three meetings left.
  • Anaheim opened a season-long seven-game homestand.
  • The Kings activated F Marco Sturm from injured reserve and he started the game. He missed the previous 13 games because of a lower body injury.
  • The Ducks recalled G Ray Emery from the AHL's Syracuse Crunch and reassigned G Timo Pielmeier to the Crunch.
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Kings players congratulate Willie Mitchell, who breaks a 2-2 tie with his first goal since October 28. (AP)
Kings players congratulate Willie Mitchell, who breaks a 2-2 tie with his first goal since October 28. (AP)

Scoreboard
Los Angeles  (33-23-4) «2013
Anaheim (32-25-4)1102
Three Stars
W. Mitchell
LA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
D. Sexton
ANA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
T. Lydman
ANA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
12:13 - Ryan Smyth (22), Backhand Shot. Assist: Johnson, Stoll
13:32 - Teemu Selanne (20), Tip-In. Assist: Lydman, Sexton
17:09 - Anze Kopitar (18), Wrist Shot. Assist: Williams, Quick
2ND PERIOD
10:05 - Corey Perry (31), Tip-In. Assist: Sbisa, Ryan
3RD PERIOD
06:45 - Willie Mitchell (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Williams, Lewis
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
10:06Chipchura, 5 min, Fighting
10:06Clifford, 5 min, Fighting
14:32Westgarth, 2 min, Roughing
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
09:30Ruutu, 2 min, Roughing
09:30Richardson, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
 123T
LA105318
ANA129627
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Jonathan Quick60:00252
Curtis McElhinney59:10153
Game Information
Attendance - 17174
Referees - Tim Peel, Mike Leggo
Linesmen - Mark Wheler, Jean Morin
 
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