Los Angeles at Anaheim

Kings' Cammalleri, O'Sullivan cool down hot Ducks


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Even though the Los Angeles Kings are not going to the playoffs, they have been as good as any team at disrupting the success of the Anaheim Ducks.

Michael Cammalleri had two goals and rookie Patrick O'Sullivan had a goal and two assists leading the Kings to a 5-3 win over the Ducks on Sunday night.

The win was the third in a row by Los Angeles over its Southern California rival and marked the first regulation loss by Anaheim in 11 games.

Rob Blake and Sullivan scored in a 1:32 span late in the second period to erase a one-goal deficit and give the Kings a 4-3 lead. Rookie Noah Clarke added a short-handed goal in the third period to secure the win for the Kings.

The three-point effort by Sullivan was his first multipoint game in the NHL. Kings goalie Mathieu Garon made 23 saves, including one on a penalty shot by Teemu Selanne, to pace the win. He replaced starter Sean Burke early in the first period.

"The energy we had for the rivalry seemed to feed us a little more tonight," Kings coach Marc Crawford said. "You can always tell how good a team is by how happy a team is to beat them, and we were very happy to beat them."

Travis Moen, Dustin Penner and Selanne scored for the Ducks, who were 6-0-1 in the first seven games of an eight-game homestand that ended Sunday.

"We're left scratching our head for tonight, I can't think of this group playing as poor a game this year," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "Obviously we didn't play to the level that was required, for whatever reason."

While the Ducks had moved within a win of matching Nashville for the most points in the league, the Kings have also played better lately. The Kings have climbed out of last place in the Western Conference with a 5-2-4 run in their past 11 games.

"We've been getting good goaltending and we are winning special team battles," defenseman Aaron Miller said. "We're working hard and we are working smarter."

Cammalleri got the Kings off to an early lead, but Moen and Penner scored on the Ducks' first two shots against Burke, leading to Garon replacing the veteran goalie.

The Kings tied the game on Cammalleri's second goal later in the first period.

"The rivalry is a good intense one, on a night like this when they're having such a great year and we're not, it's important that we were still able to battle," said Cammalleri, who leads the Kings in scoring with 71 points (31 goals, 40 assists).

Selanne gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead early in the second and had a chance to add to the lead on a penalty shot midway through the period, but Garon stuck out his right leg pad to stop Selanne.

Just under seven minutes later, Blake swiped in a rebound during a Kings' power play to even the score before Alexander Frolov made a nice spin move to set up O'Sullivan for a goal with 55 seconds to play in the period giving the Kings a 4-3 lead.

"It was a strange game and we weren't focused on what we are trying to do as a team," Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer said. "We never settled down to our game and they did."

Sunday's game was the eighth and final matchup between the teams this season. Each of the first seven games were decided by one goal, with four of the games going to overtime.


  • The Kings signed forward Raitis Ivanans to a one-year contract extension on Sunday
  • The Ducks will play seven of their final nine games on the road
  • Penner broke the Ducks' rookie scoring record with his first-period goal, which gave him 42 points on the season, one more than Chris Kunitz had last season
  • Frolov's assist was the 200th point of his career.
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The Kings' Michael Cammalleri provides two goals in the win to get L.A. out of last place in the West.  (AP)
The Kings' Michael Cammalleri provides two goals in the win to get L.A. out of last place in the West. (AP)
Los Angeles  (25-34-14) «2215
Anaheim (43-18-12)2103
Three Stars
P. O'Sullivan

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
T. Selanne

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
M. Garon

Saves: 24
Save Pct.: .960

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Scoring Summary
02:16Michael Cammalleri (30), Slap Shot - Assists: Dustin Brown, Patrick O'Sullivan
02:57Travis Moen (10), Slap Shot - Assists: Samuel Pahlsson, Sean O'Donnell
04:22Dustin Penner (26), Slap Shot - Assists: Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf
07:23Power Play - Michael Cammalleri (31), Slap Shot - Assist: Patrick O'Sullivan
01:13Teemu Selanne (45), Slap Shot - Assists: Chris Kunitz, Ric Jackman
17:33Power Play - Rob Blake (14), Slap Shot - Assists: Dustin Brown, Lubomir Visnovsky
19:05Patrick O'Sullivan (4), Slap Shot - Assists: Alexander Frolov, John Zeiler
00:44Short - Noah Clarke (2), Slap Shot - Assists: Tom Kostopoulos, Aaron Miller
Penalty Summary
05:08Brown: Hooking - 2 min.
06:35Shannon: Too Many Men on the Ice(bench) - 2 min.
15:17Niedermayer: Holding - 2 min.
18:25Lundmark: Hooking - 2 min.
05:53Jackman: Holding - 2 min.
16:29Moen: Boarding - 2 min.
19:42Modry: Delaying Game - 2 min.
19:56Selanne: Holding - 2 min.
19:56Brown: Roughing - 2 min.
07:00Cammalleri: Cross Check - 2 min.
07:00Moen: Roughing - 2 min.
16:00Willsie: Hooking - 2 min.
Los Angeles813829
Sean Burke 4:2202
Mathieu Garon55:38241
Jean-Sebastien Giguere57:35245
Game Information
Attendance - 17174
Referees - Paul Devorski, Tom Kowal
Linesmen - Brian Mach, Mark Pare
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