Might there be a rivalry here?


The Kings and the Ducks actually battled like edgy neighbors Monday night at Staples Center. Both teams were 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.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Kings rallied for a 5-2 victory over the Ducks in a game that had a sellout crowd of 18,118 roaring for more.

There was no score after one period and the teams each scored twice in the second, setting the stage for a compelling final period.

The Kings responded with third-period goals from defensemen Slava Voynov and Jake Muzzin (power play) and Jeff Carter (empty net) to end the Ducks' six-game winning streak. The Kings also handed Ducks goaltender Viktor Fasth his first NHL loss after eight consecutive wins.

The Kings (9-6-2) extended their season-high winning streak to four in a row. They also won for the sixth time in their past seven games and, more important in the grand scheme of things, jumped to seventh from ninth place in the Western Conference standings.

And to think they weren't even the hottest team in Southern California.