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VIDEO: Ducks Earn Hard-Fought Point In Los Angeles
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks traveled to Los Angeles to face the Kings. Ryan Miller was in net for Anaheim and Jonathan Quick went for the Kings. Rickard Rakell did not play due to an upper-body injury. According to Randy Carlyle, Rakell will not travel with the team for the start of the road trip.
The opening 10 minutes saw three fights occur. First Michael Liambas and Kurtis MacDermid went at it just a few minutes into the game. Liambas challenged MacDermid, who knocked Ondrej Kase out the first time these teams met. A few minutes later Andrew Cogliano and Oscar Fantenberg got tangled up. but the refs broke them apart quickly. The final and best fight of the period saw Kevin Bieksa again land a superman punch as he knocked Andy Andreoff down with just the one punch.
The Ducks did score in the period too as Nick Ritchie blast the puck past Quick. Ducks took a 1-0 to the locker room.
The middle frame was very tame compared to the opening twenty minutes. There were no fights or scoring in the second period. The Ducks had one power play, but couldn’t convert. The Kings went on the power play at the end of the period, which would carry over to the beginning of the third.
Ducks killed off the penalty and everything looked good for the Ducks for a majority of the period. With just about two minutes left the Kings pulled Quick. Dustin Brown would try a wraparound attempt, which Miller made a spectacular initial save. Unfortunately for him, the puck would come back to Brown, who would shoot it over the already down Miller to tie the game. The teams headed to overtime.
Overtime & Shootout
Brandon Montour was called for a penalty with just over two minutes to go in the overtime. The Ducks survived the Kings 4-on-3 power play and headed to a shootout. Corey Perry scored in the first round and Anze Kopitar scored in the third round of the shootout. Cam Fowler almost ended the game as he beat Quick, but hit the post. The teams went to a fourth round, in which Trevor Lewis to win it for Los Angeles.
The Ducks turned in another solid effort against the Kings. After the first period, it was apparent that both teams looked a little tired as they each played the night before. Anaheim went into prevent mode in the final period and it worked for about 18 minutes. Already without several key offensive players and now including Rakell, the Ducks couldn’t get much of a forecheck in the final period and it cost them ultimately as they couldn’t hang on to the one-goal lead.
The Ducks travel to Chicago to face the Blackhawks on Monday.
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November 25th, 2017
Filed under: Ducks News Tagged: Anaheim Ducks, ducksnpucks, los angeles kings