Anaheim Ducks 4-2 Los Angeles Kings
The third meeting of the season between the Ducks and Kings started off with a great display of respect to Kings legend Bob Miller and a banner raising in his honor. Not to be out-shined by Bob’s ceremony the Ducks started the period with an appetite for fighting, just two minutes into the first period the gloves were dropped three times. Here’s a quick rundown..
Jared Boll vs. Kurtis MacDermid : (MacDermid of the big hit on Kase fame to take him out early in the season) in my biased opinion slight edge to Mac.
Kevin Bieksa vs. Andy Andreoff : Rematch of a fight earlier this season which ended with Bieksa’s trademark one punch finish. In my opinion edge to Bieksa, Andreoff looked very beat up in the box after this one, either that or he’s an easy bleeder, your call.
Nick Ritchie vs. Kyle Clifford : The last fight of the night was an energized scrap from Ritchie, got some good hits and did not want that one to end as he kept chuckin’ knucks as they hit the ground, looks like it got him inspired enough to have a great rest of the game.
Let’s start off with this, the Ducks finally got some much needed points off Pacific Division opponents, and even better against our rivals. We just set a great starting point for a desperately needed win streak. Next up is Colorado which is attainable points and would be great to get some momentum going.
The Ducks played overall some great hockey against the Kings, and showed some really great puck possession and ability to set up in the LA zone throughout most of the game. Quick let in an ugly first goal from a bad angle shot provided by Ondrej Kase. The second goal was on the power play from Ryan Kesler. Kesler brought down an airborne pass and proceeded to snipe top shelf on Quick’s glove side paving the way for a small but satisfying celly for such a great goal. Lastly, another mistake from Quick trying to play the puck out from behind the net followed by Ritchie’s heads up play to give Kase a great shot at an empty net.
The third period the Kings pushed on a Ducks team cruising with 3-0 lead and got the results they wanted. Beauchemin left his man to pressure the puck and the Ducks got punished. Soon after Kopitar comes down the slot and whoa! whats this, a rebound off Gibson? Yup. He proceeds to beat Gibby and bring them within one.
Despite an admirable effort from the Kings in the last 10 minutes of the game, Scorey Perry’s cross ice shot into the empty net sealed. Ducks win! We have an almost completely healthy roster and only two points of the WC2 spot.
Stick taps to Ondrej Kase, and his noteworthy return to the team from spending some time in San Diego during the bye week.
“You’ll get ’em next time” awards to Jonathan Quick and Drew Doughty, both need to take a look at their performance if they wanna help the Kings finish strong this season.