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LOS ANGELES -- For a brief moment, the Ducks have some respite.
Anaheim defenseman Ben Lovejoy's third-period goal allowed the Ducks to sigh a collective breath of relief. Holding a slim lead in a period where nearly everything went wrong, the goal gave the Ducks just enough insurance for a 3-2 win against the Kings, Thursday night at Staples Center in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
The Kings, up 2-1 in the Freeway Faceoff series, will host the Ducks again in Game 4 Saturday night.
"It was the first pump of my life," Lovejoy said. "We were up 2-0 against Dallas and they were able to come in and beat us pretty handily in the third game. It plants a seed of doubt and that was our goal tonight."
The seed is planted but some remaining doubt surrounds the Ducks still, as well.
In the third period, Anaheim lost top-line left winger Matt Beleskey, who has already missed games in the postseason with an undisclosed upper-body injury, when he took a vicio...
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Anaheim Ducks winger Corey Perry has been quite unlucky in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, and that misfortune continued Thursday night in Game 2 of his team’s second-round series against the Los Angeles Kings.
In the final minute of the game, Perry was in the act of shooting on an empty Kings net after goaltender Jonathan Quick had gone to the bench for the extra attacker. As Perry...
LOS ANGELES -- He remembers his first career postseason goal like yesterday. He remembers his first goal well.
However, that first goal was soon topped not once but twice.
The first time he scored in a postseason game, Teemu Selanne scored a hat trick for the Winnipeg Jets.
"White noise in Winnipeg," he said, laughing.
One of the most prolific scorers in NHL history and...
Rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen left Game 3 of the Anaheim Ducks' Western Conference Second Round series against the Los Angeles Kings midway through the third period with a lower-body injury and did not return.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said Andersen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury
Andersen, who stopped 22 of 23 shots, appeared to injure his right leg during a Kings...
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kings general manager Dean Lombardi's trade deadline coup for Marian Gaborik was first greeted with skepticism.
In Columbus, he was not as productive as expected. He was said to be somewhat one-dimensional with that one dimension being offense. Valuable, yes, but some questioned whether or not it would fit in with head coach Darryl Sutter's defense...
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Late in March, with the Kings still jockeying for playoff position, a reporter from the Minneapolis Star looked at the Los Angeles roster.
"Tyler Toffoli? I've never heard of this guy," he said. "Tanner Pearson?"
Further confused by the pronunciation of Pearson's name (he pronounced it pare-son), he continued to ponder the Kings&...
LOS ANGELES -- Anaheim head coach Bruce Boudreau played coy about lineup changes for Thursday night's Game 3 against the Kings but it didn't take long to deduce that defenseman Sami Vatanen and left winger Kyle Palmieri will likely be entered into the lineup.
Prior to Thursday's morning skate, the team announced that Vatanen was recalled from the Ducks' AHL affiliate...
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
The Anaheim Ducks took the day off Friday to rest up and wait for the goalie to arrive who wasn’t officially coming, but actually was.
In fact, as we write this, John Gibson is probably finding out from Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau whether or not, after getting off the flight from Norfolk, Va., where he’s been lighting it up in the nets...
Game 4 of the second round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings will take place on Saturday.
Entering Game 4 the Los Angles Kings hold a 2-1 series lead but it was the Anaheim Ducks who won Game 3.
Coverage of Game 4 between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings will get underway at 9:30 pm ET on NBCSN from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
The Odds: The...
The Los Angeles Kings have promoted Michael Futa to Vice President of Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Futa is in his seventh full season with the Kings, after spending five successful seasons as General Manager of the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Futa came to the Kings in...
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
"I'm the first to dodge hits," the Los Angeles Kings' most indispensable skater said Wednesday, when the topic of being targeted by the opposition was raised.
"I'm not going to take a hit for no reason. If it's taking a hit to make a play, I'm going to do that, but if I can make the play and then dodge...
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty got up close and personal with some Ducks players in Thursday night’s Game 3 at Staples Center when he took a hit from Matt Beleskey and went flying into the Anaheim bench.
This is a great example of finishing your check with a hard, clean hit. Being physical with Doughty is one of the top priorities for the Ducks in this second-round...
Anaheim Ducks forward Matt Beleskey absolutely destroys L.A. Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. The Kings defenseman goes over the boards into the Ducks players' bench. I have been in awe as I have watched this series. I can't get over how physical these two teams have played against each other. Whoever wins this series, is going to be very beat up. One of the questions that...
Let's rewind a few months. Jonathan Quick is fresh off a disappointing fourth-place finish at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, and after a few bungled performances throughout the year (see him score on himself against the Rangers in October 2013 here and then become the victim of some bad reffing and bad luck against the Red Wings in January here), some hockey fans and aficionados...
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