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Crowd-pleasing fight highlights Ducks' victory over Kings

CBSSports.com wire reports

LONDON -- When the gloves came off, the British fans got exactly what they wanted.

A two-man brawl with fists flying midway through the second period drew the biggest cheers and a standing ovation Sunday in the Anaheim Ducks' 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

"They liked the physical play," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "They liked the fight."

Corey Perry scored twice to help the Stanley Cup champion Ducks split the NHL's season-opening series at the O2 Arena, which is owned by Kings owner Philip Anschutz. The Kings won 4-1 Saturday -- the first time the NHL played a regular-season game in Europe.

Chris Kunitz and Travis Moen also scored for Anaheim, and Mike Cammalleri got his third goal of the season for the Kings.

"It was an entertaining game from a fan's standpoint," Carlyle said. "I thought they got to see a little bit of everything over the two games."

But it wasn't 10 goals in two days that most of the capacity crowd came to see.

Ducks winger George Parros and Kings forward Scott Thornton provided the main entertainment, dropping their gloves near center ice and pounding each other while the crowd stood and roared. Both received five-minute major penalties.

"I'm sure they'd heard a lot about North American hockey, and the NHL," Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger said. "And certainly, you saw the reaction when they did (fight). It was nice to give them a little bit of everything, I guess."

The Kings helped the Ducks in the first period by spending eight minutes in the penalty box, including twice giving Anaheim a two-man advantage.

Los Angeles killed the first one, but Perry scored shortly after Lubomir Visnovsky came back on the ice to make it 5-on-4. Pronger got the puck to Andy McDonald, who then sent a shot toward goal that Perry controlled and redirected past Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera.

"We took it upon ourselves to get the puck in deep and get on that forecheck we are known for," Pronger said.

Kunitz made it 2-0 on the power play at 15:29, putting back a rebound with Brady Murray in the box for holding a stick.

Perry scored the third goal at 2:53 of the second period, stuffing in a shot from the right, and Moen added the fourth at 4:10 by sending a wrist shot past LaBarbera on the glove side.

"We got inside, and we established a good grind," Carlyle said. "That seems to be the mandate for our group to have success."

Cammalleri, who had two goals in the Kings' opening win, scored at 8:57 of the second with a wrist shot to the glove side.

"Our team is a team that's getting better," Kings coach Marc Crawford said. "And I think we showed this weekend that we can be a force to be reckoned with."

The fans made their allegiance known, wearing the colors of their favorite teams. But besides the jerseys of the Ducks, Kings, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche, there were plenty of Manchester Phoenix and Belfast Giants shirts -- two of the 10 teams in Britain's Elite Ice Hockey League.

This is the fourth time the league has opened its season outside North America, the other times in Japan (1997, 1998 and 2000).

The Ducks now head to the United States for three road games -- at Detroit on Wednesday, at Columbus on Friday and at Pittsburgh on Saturday. Anaheim's home opener is Oct. 10 against Boston.

The Kings warmed up for the London series by winning both games in an exhibition tournament in Austria. They have almost a week off before hosting St. Louis on Saturday.


  • Kings defenseman Rob Blake tied Butch Goring for fifth on the team's career list with his 736th game. Dave Taylor leads with 1,111 games played.
  • This series was Anaheim's first of 16 times it will play on consecutive days.
  • Despite playing as the designated home team in the second game, the Ducks again wore white shirts while the Kings wore their colors because each team brought only one set of uniforms.
  • Jonas Hiller of the Ducks became the fourth goaltender born in Switzerland to play in the NHL, joining David Aebischer, Martin Gerber and Pauli Jaks.
  • Jonathan Bernier, a 19-year-old Kings goalie who made his debut in Saturday's game, was on the bench Sunday.
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Though the hockey action is good, it's a fight that brings fans in London to their feet.  (Getty Images)
Though the hockey action is good, it's a fight that brings fans in London to their feet. (Getty Images)
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Three Stars
C. Perry

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
A. McDonald

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
J. Hiller

Saves: 22
Save Pct.: .957

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Scoring Summary
10:49Power Play - Corey Perry (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Andy McDonald, Chris Pronger
15:19Power Play - Chris Kunitz (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Andy McDonald, Corey Perry
02:53Corey Perry (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Kent Huskins, Joe DiPenta
04:10Travis Moen (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Rob Niedermayer, Todd Marchant
08:57Michael Cammalleri (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Derek Armstrong, Patrick O'Sullivan
Penalty Summary
06:45Bertuzzi, 2 min, High sticking
07:01Visnovsky, 2 min, Holding
08:39Nagy, 2 min, High sticking
10:17Zeiler, 2 min, High sticking
12:23Parros, 2 min, Interference with goal tender.
14:56Murray, 2 min, Holding the stick
10:13Thornton, 5 min, Fighting
10:13Parros, 5 min, Fighting
17:04Hnidy, 2 min, Delay of Game
04:05Zeiler, 2 min, Roughing
04:05O'Donnell, 2 min, Roughing
18:41Perry, 2 min, Tripping
Los Angeles69823
Jason LaBarbera59:58214
Jonas Hiller60:00221
Game Information
Attendance - 17300
Referees - Dave Jackson, Mick McGeough
Linesmen - Pierre Champoux, Mark Wheler