Kings Eventually Wear Down Division Leading Anaheim, Scoring 3 In The 3rd And Win Going Away 5-2, Jumping To 7th In The West
By Beth Harris • Associated Press •
Slava Voynov scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 Monday night for their fourth consecutive victory while snapping the Ducks’ six-game winning streak.
Dustin Brown added a goal and his 200th career assist, and Anze Kopitar had three assists to help the Kings win for the sixth time in seven games. Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots.
The Pacific Division-leading Ducks, who had come from behind in all six of their recent wins, twice owned one-goal leads, but fell short of tying the franchise record for consecutive victories. They had won 10 of 11.
Notes: The Kings have beaten the Ducks four straight at Staples Center. … The Ducks won the first meeting 7-4 in Anaheim on Feb. 2. … Ducks RW Teemu Selanne played in his 100th career game against the Kings. He is Anaheim’s career scoring leader against them with 52 goals and 66 assists. … Penner played in his 499th career NHL game. … The teams will meet twice more in April.
Well it was a tight game going into the third, right? Their team played last night, so you’re hoping to have a little bit – a little bit more than they do. It’s simple with the schedule as such, and you hear other teams talking about it – back-to-backs are hard on the guys that played the night before.” More here…
“We constantly kept saying how important these two points were, division game, team that’s in second place and team that’s hot. That was the first time, in the third period, I felt like we were clicking like we did last year.” More here…
“I think we outworked them in the third. Maybe, who knows, they played last night against Colorado. So maybe that played a factor. You know the first two periods were heavy. They were very physical and had a lot of pace. So you know when you’re playing back-to-backs sometimes it’s tough to play that style of game for 60 minutes. And we were a little more fresh I think coming off a recovery day yesterday, and we won the twenty minutes at the end, and that is what it took to win the game.” More here…
I’ve been working a lot with Johnny (John Stevens) on little deception plays, and Dewey’s helped me out a lot here with talk on going back for pucks and with the goalies, so all the little stuff adds up and in games like this it goes well.” More here…
In an impressive conjuring of the aggressive and methodical style from last season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings put on a third period that finally curbed their Southern California rivals. Not even Swedish sensation Viktor Fasth could stop the Kings from pouring in two goals in a two-minute span for a 5-2 victory Monday in a game that lived up to every bit of its hype.
INSIDE THE KINGS
Might there be a rivalry here? Finally. The Kings and the Ducks actually battled like edgy neighbors Monday night at Staples Center. The teams were each sizzling going into the game, adding spice to a matchup that so often in the past yielded more smoke than fire, more talk than deeds.
Not so Fasth. The Kings became the first team to smudge the previously unblemished record of Ducks goalie, newcomer Viktor Fasth, who had recorded eight victories in his first eight NHL starts. It may have been only the 17th game of this lockout-shortened season for both teams, but the Kings’ 5-2 victory against the Ducks on Monday night at Staples Center had all the trappings of a playoff contest. It was the Kings’ fourth straight victory; they have won six of their last seven. The Ducks lost for the first time in seven games.
Maybe the Ducks need to go back to playing from behind. The Ducks took two leads in the second period but couldn’t make either stand up against the resurgent Kings, who used third-period goals by young defensemen Slava Voynov and Jake Muzzin to break a tie in their 5-2 victory Monday night at Staples Center. “They’re a good team but so are we,” Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth said. “We really wanted to win this game. It didn’t end up like that. We have to get back and work harder even next game.”
— Kings News Daily (@KingsNewsDaily) February 26, 2013
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