All good things must come to an end and that includes the Ducks six game winning streak and Viktor Fasth being unbeaten in eight starts.
The Kings put an end to all that on Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory.
"It had to come at some point," said Fasth. "For every win you have, you get closer to a [loss]. Just start over, and work hard in practice … we have to forget this and move on. I felt like that during the whole game that I had to work really hard to see the pucks and to keep them to me. It's one of those games."
It was also one of those rare games when the Ducks scored first, something they had not done since February 12 against Chicago. Andrew Cogliano got the Ducks on the board at :13 seconds of the second period.
Dustin Penner tied up the game at 3:16 with his first goal of the year. Then again, it is tough to score goals when you have been a healthy scratch for most of the season. Jarrett Stoll knocked over Saku Koivu, who was not eligible to be hit, and then turned around to make the play to Penner.
It was ok, because Koivu made it 2-1 on the power play at 5:51. Karma turned around and saw Rob Scuderi pass direct to Koivu instead of clearing the puck from the zone.
But that was all the good karma that the Ducks could muster on their second of back to back games.
Dustin Brown got a late goal to tie up the game at 17:53 and things were never the same again. Brown's flukey goal hit Fasth's glove, then the cross bar and in.
"Once they scored that third goal it didn't seem like we had the push to sustain any rushes against," said coach Bruce Boudreau. "It was a tough situation for us. We didn't get a chance to breathe. Basically, every time we touched the puck they were on us. Especially after they scored and the crowd was energized and they were energized."
The crowd certainly helped motivate Slava Voynov, who gave the Kings the lead at 4:52 in the third with a puck that barely wobbled across the blue line. It was quickly 4-2 with a power play goal from Jake Muzzin at 6:25.
Anaheim looked tired, took several penalties and could barely manage more than a single shot on Jonathan Quick until late in the game. It was nowhere near enough and Jeff Carter happily put the puck in the empty net with :20.8 seconds remaining.
Game over. Streaks over. Except for the Kings. They now have a four game streak and have climbed up to 7th place in the Western Conference after languishing at the bottom for most of the season.
The Ducks still have a seven point lead in the Pacific Division, but in this shortened season, every game and point counts.
"We constantly kept saying how important these two points were – a division game, a team that's hot right now," said defenseman Drew Doughty. "For us to win that and come out and win that third period, that was the first time I felt we were clicking like we had last year. The crowd was going nuts. We just had all the momentum that third and they had no chance."
Well, you can't win them all. But the Ducks get a chance to regroup on Wednesday against Nashville at home. Time to start a new winning streak.
In other notes: Peter Holland was reassigned to Norfolk of the AHL and Emerson Etem was called back up.
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