Thousands of boisterous Los Angeles Kings fans filled their nearest rivals' rink with chants and cheers from the opening faceoff, backing the Stanley Cup champions with a bit more brazenness than usual.
By the time Nick Bonino and the Anaheim Ducks were through with them, the champion Kings realized they aren't even the best hockey team in Southern California right now.
Bonino scored his third goal on a power play with 11:21 to play, and the surging Ducks beat Los Angeles 7-4 on Saturday night in the first Freeway Faceoff of the season.
Bonino scored two goals in the first six minutes to chase Jonathan Quick before completing his first career hat trick against Jonathan Bernier. Kyle Palmieri scored the tiebreaking power-play goal, and Teemu Selanne put his 666th career goal into an empty net to cap another powerful offensive game by the Ducks, who have won five of seven to start a promising season.
''It was a really emotional game for us, and a huge rivalry,'' said Palmieri, who...