It sure looked and sounded like a Stanley Cup playoff game when the Ducks and the Kings tangled Sunday night at the Honda Center, with the teams trading highlight-reel caliber scoring chances and molar-rattling checks on almost every rush down the ice. The Kings rallied not once, not twice, but three times to force the Ducks into overtime and then a shootout. Corey Perry won it for the Ducks in the shootout, whistling a quick shot past Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier in the third round for a 4-3 victory. Matt Beleskey's power-play goal gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead early in the third period, but Kings team captain Dustin Brown swatted a loose puck out of midair and into the back of the net to tie it 3-3 in the closing minutes of regulation time. Kings coach Darryl Sutter conceded the Pacific Division race to the Ducks after his team's 4-1 rout of the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday at Staples Center. Sutter apparently forgot to tell his players, because they refused to surrender anything to the Ducks on Sunday. Give the Ducks an inch and they might take a mile. Playing without leading scorer and team captain Ryan Getzlaf for the second consecutive game because of a right leg injury suffered Wednesday, the Ducks jumped ahead of the Kings on Kyle Palmieri's goal only 2:54 into the game.
DUCKS 4, KINGS 3 (SO): Ducks pluck out victory against Kings in playoff-type matchup
L.A. Daily News | Apr 8