Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/3/13
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks continued its scorching offensive start behind a parade of no-names as the Ducks won a high-scoring matchup with the rival Los Angeles Kings , 7-4, on Saturday night at the Honda Center. On Friday in a 3-1 win over visiting Minnesota, it was Kyle Palmieri who shined, celebrating his 22nd birthday with two key goals. On Saturday, Nick Bonino had all -- well, most -- of the fun. The fourth-line center registered his first career hat trick after delivering early and late for the Ducks, with two first-period goals and a third period goal that iced the game for Anaheim. Bonino scored at the 8-minute, 39-second mark in the third period, after being assisted by Bobby Ryan and Luca Sbisa, to put the Ducks up two goals following Palmieri's third goal in two days late in the second period. The Ducks (5-1-1) took a 5-4 lead as they found an offensive advantage on a power play, moved the puck from player to player and eventually to Palmieri, who flipped the puck past Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier. Los Angeles (2-3-2) had tied it at 4-4 after Justin Williams crept from behind the right side of the goal and tapped the puck up and off Hiller's pads and into the net at the 14:12 mark in the second period. That came less than five minutes after Anaheim seized the lead once more on a Sheldon Souray power play goal that hit Bernier in the chest but dropped behind him. The goal came eight minutes after Dustin Brown notched his second goal of the game, delivering power play conversion on a rebound from Drew Doughty less than two minutes into the second period. The Ducks claimed the 3-2 lead late in the first period on a Ryan Getzlaf goal at the 13:30 mark, after he poked the puck past Bernier after working for perfect positioning in front of the goal and receiving a perfect pass from Corey Perry. Anaheim opened the scoring early as Bonino and local hero Emerson Etem, from nearby Long Beach, made the most of their sparse ice time in the first period. Bonino scored his first goal of the season just 2:30 into the game, diving and flying across the ice to get his stick on the puck to jam it past Jonathan Quick. He added a second goal less than three minutes later, with both goals assisted by Etem, in just his third pro game. Quick was quickly pulled, but Los Angeles tied the game soon after, with goals just 34 seconds apart. Brown got on the board first on a power play goal at the 9:15 mark, with assists for Anze Kopitar and Doughty. Kings center Jarret Stoll tied the game before the Ducks could blink, scoring on a slapshot off a pass from Simon Gagne from behind the net. NOTES: At 4-0-2, Anaheim was off to its best six-game start since 2006-07. ... With 20 goals through six games, the Ducks got off to their best offensive start since 1996-97 (also 20 goals). ... Los Angeles claimed a 3-1-2 season-series win over Anaheim last year, including three straight victories to close the series. ... The two teams square off four times this year in the Freeway Series, twice in February (including Saturday) and twice in April. ... The Kings were 15-3-3 in their last 21 road games entering Saturday. ... Teemu Selanne scored eight points against the Kings in 2011-12. ... Anaheim concluded its second set of back-to-back home games this year. The Ducks have 10 such stretches in the lockout-shortened season, after having just 12 in team history before this season.
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