Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/18/11
A night after the Los Angeles Kings edged the Anaheim Ducks in a shootout that seemed to feature missed opportunities on both sides, the two teams completed their home-and-home series in a game that featured eight goals, 74 shots, two shorthanded goals, two power play goals and a 17-minute delay when the Honda Center lights didn't feel like emerging from the locker room after the second intermission. Both Los Angeles and Anaheim appear to be heading in different directions at this point of the season, though it's unclear whether the Kings are surging ahead as strongly as the Ducks are falling behind. Exactly one month prior to Thursday's 5-3 Los Angeles win that secured wins in each of the first two Freeway Faceoff matchups, Anaheim was a 3-2 winner on Oct. 17 in a mettle-revealing gritty road win in San Jose that improved the club to 4-1-0. Since then, the Ducks have been outscored 48-28 while dropping 12 of 14 as part of a 2-8-4 stretch. "The most frustrating part is we tied the game late," Andrew Cogliano said, referencing his second goal of the night that came on a deflection of a Luca Sbisa shot at 13:35 of the third period. "With three minutes left, we could either try to win the game or go into overtime and get a point. We let that slip away late and gave them the two points. We have to move on. We play Detroit on Sunday. You can't hang your head." Anaheim deserves credit for displaying resilience in a game that the Kings led 3-1 when Slava Voynov scored his third career goal in just his seventh NHL game at 2:45 of the third period. Showing their strongest cohesive efforts of the two-game series, the Ducks battled and buzzed and finally broke through with goals by Corey Perry and Cogliano. "It's always tough playing from behind and we played from behind most of the night," Ducks Head Coach Randy Carlyle said. "We got fired up in the game in the third period. We started to play with that emotion and got skating. It seems we have to get hit over the head to get to that point." On Tuesday, Los Angeles head coach Terry Murray offered Voynov and Andrei Loktionov two rookies provided opportunities on injury call-ups a challenge. "Impress us, and force us to do something. Force us to think about it," Murray said. Your move, Kings. One night after nearly earning his first point of the season on a crisp give-and-go with Dustin Brown, Loktionov recorded an assist on Mike Richards' backhander that opened the scoring 54 seconds into the second period and never looked out of place. Voynov, who had two goals and an assist in a 5-3 win at Dallas on Oct. 27 before being re-assigned to the American Hockey League, contributed two points on a goal and an assist and not only appears as though he deserves to be wearing an NHL jersey, he appears as though logging 20 minutes of ice time per game shouldn't be out of the question. "He's playing great right now. He's very confident," Rob Scuderi said of Voynov. "He's been playing very well in the American League from what we've heard. He's certainly come in and provided a big boost for us. Certainly we'll try to ride it as long as we can." Los Angeles has now won three in a row and four out of five during a stretch in which they've averaged 3.6 goals per game. They've beaten their rivals twice and scored nine goals combined between games against Nashville and Minnesota, two of the league's stingier defensive teams. Their only blemish in the past 10 days was a dreadful first period at home against Vancouver last Thursday in which they fell behind 3-0 before rallying and dropping a one-goal affair. Heading into Saturday's game against Detroit (1 p.m. FOX Sports West), the Kings are on much more solid footing than at this point last week. "I think it's just a real good team effort from us in here to turn it around," Scuderi said. "We thought we were maybe playing 40, 45 minutes maybe five, six games ago. It's not enough to win in this league. I thought the last few games we've really had a team effort, really talking about a lot of stuff in the locker room to play the right way, play the right way for 60 and you'll give yourself a good chance. I think we're seeing the results now."
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