There was a time when Jonas Hiller stood out in the shootout. And there was a time when the goalie made the big save his team needed. And there was a time when the Ducks knew how to win.
None of that seems to apply this season. Hiller couldn't stop two of the three shootout tries by the Kings, and the Ducks were left to take their 13th consecutive road defeat, a 3-2 decision Thursday night at Staples Center.
Corey Perry was able to answer Jarret Stoll's successful score to open the shootout, but Dustin Brown ripped another wrist shot by Hiller and Ducks rookie Kyle Palmieri was unable to beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick to decide matters.
Afterward, Hiller said he thought he felt "a little off" in the shootout.
"I definitely take it personally," he said. "I thought I've always been pretty good in shootouts. This year, the record is definitely not the way I want it."
The Ducks (9-19-6) have won just one game beyond regulation, a 3-2 shootout victory against the New York Rangers in the second game of the season. They have lost all six since, four by the shootout.
Hiller unable to save Ducks from loss to Kings
Orange County Register | Dec 23