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Leave it to Ducks Coach Bruce (Gabby) Boudreau to wax poetic about his team's season series against the Kings.
"It's a rivalry and it's for Southern California. It's for Southern California bragging rights," Boudreau said. "I mean, I know as a person I don't like to see them on top and then every time you go outside they're flaunting it at you. And I'm sure they didn't like it after 2007 when the Ducks won.
"There becomes a hatred. The games are always picked up a little bit more with each other. That's what rivalries are. If you were looking at gangs, it's all about the turf. It's about the turf here."
Leave it to Kings Coach Darryl Sutter, the anti-Gabby, to be somewhat less lyrical as the teams prepared to meet Saturday in Anaheim for the first time this season.
"There's only a rivalry if both teams are fighting for the same spot," Sutter said Friday. "I'm not into that rivalry stuff unless there's two top teams that are battling for a spot."
The Ducks have had a better start than the Kings, who have scored only 11 goals. The Kings' power play is a league-worst two for 33 (6.1), and they can't afford to waste so many advantages. Key players Mike Richards, Drew Doughty and Justin Williams have yet to score a goal.
The Kings ranked 29th in scoring last season but got timely goals during their playoff push. Their 2-1 shootout loss to Nashville at Staples Center on Thursday was their third one-goal game this season. They've scored more than two goals only once.
"Darryl always says it's a race to three. Sometimes it's a race to two. Sometimes it's a race to four," goaltender Jonathan Quick said. "That's how the game goes. From my standpoint you've got to make that save when the team needs it."
Kings left wing Dustin Penner, who said he was "waiting like a dog in a car, waiting to be let out" while scratched from the lineup, is set to return Saturday alongside Richards and Jeff Carter.
Penner said the key for him will be to "keep the RPMs up," and end his tendency to fade quickly. "Especially toward the end of shifts is when I can use my size to my advantage," he said.
He also said facing his former Ducks teammates "will be emotional, I'm sure. Freeway faceoff. Leave early for traffic."
Ducks winger Teemu Selanne called Kings players "great guys" for joining many Ducks for lively practices during the lockout and said he expects his team to be emotionally prepared Saturday.
"That's the big pride to try to beat the Stanley Cup champions," Selanne said. "We felt that after our Cup year. That's like a good business card to beat the champs."
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Kyle Palmieri scored two goals on his 22nd birthday, breaking a tie early in the third period of the Anaheim Ducks' 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.
Bobby Ryan had a power-play goal and two assists, and linemate Teemu Selanne had three assists in the Ducks' fourth win in six games to start the season.
Viktor Fasth made 26 saves...
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- His work for the night done, the celebration about to begin, Kyle Palmieri could not remember a single meaningful birthday present. He scanned and scanned the deepest recesses of his brain, all for naught. Xbox? Nope. New car? Sorry. Plasma television? Nah. Nothing was bigger than the two gifts he received Friday night. Palmieri celebrated his 22nd birthday...
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Two goals, tons of scoring chances and the promise of many more on their potent line for the surging Anaheim Ducks.
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The Los Angeles Kings piddled through the first one-sixth of this abbreviated season, leaving fans to wonder just how interested they are in defending their Stanley Cup.They looked like a mess during their 7-4 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. They allowed two (Jonathan) Quick goals necessitating a change in the net. Alas, things did not improve on Jonathan Bernier’s watch. The Kings...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Nick Bonino scored his third goal on a power play with 11:21 to play, and the surging Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 7-4 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...
via Eric Stephens of the Ducks Blog,
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau suggested that the NHL take a long look at a hit by the Kings’Jarret Stoll on Cam Fowler that knocked the defenseman out of the club’s 7-4 win and left him with an upper-body injury.
Fowler had to be assisted off the ice during the second period and did not return. Stoll drilled him headfirst into the...
For most of us a good birthday consists of a little cake, some presents and good time with our friends and family. For Anaheim Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri he celebrated his 22nd birthday on Friday night by leading his team to a big 3-1 win over the revamped Minnesota Wild.
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Coach Bruce Boudreau is unafraid...
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...
The Nashville Predators were finally able to win a game in the shootout. It took four attempts, but they finally did, this time on the Los Angeles Kings. It took eight shooters each side to score. Pekka Rinne came up big when he had to. Sergei Kostitsyn was the shootout game winner dekeing Jonathan Quick out of position.
Brandon Yip and Dustin Brown had the lone goals of the...
The Los Angeles Kings are succeeding in limiting their opponents offensively. Their own offense just hasn't been good enough to take full advantage.
They'll look to break through Saturday night when they visit the Anaheim Ducks, who struggled to shut down their Southern California rivals while losing five of six meetings last season.
The Kings (2-2-2) started off this season...