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DENVER - SEPTEMBER 23: Paul Stastny #26 of the Colorado Avalanche controls the puck against Alec Martinez #53 of the Los Angeles Kings during preseason NHL action at the Pepsi Center on September 23, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Kings 3-2. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Alec Martinez, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams scored first-period goals, and the Los Angeles Kings kept pace in the Western Conference playoff picture with a 4-2 victory over the fading Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. The Kings won the Freeway Faceoff series 5-1. Last season, the Ducks swept a season-ending home-and-home set with their Southern California rivals to clinch a playoff berth - marking the only time both teams made it to the postseason in the same year. This is the fifth time during the Ducks' 18-year rivalry with the Kings that they ended their season series with 10 or more games left on the schedule. Cam Fowler and defenseman Luca Sbisa scored for the Ducks, who outshot the Kings 42-19. Jonas Hiller made 19 of his 39 saves in the second period after giving up three goals on eight shots in the first. The Kings and Ducks both began this season in Europe. They both fired their head coach during a two-week span in December, and responded with impressive stretches of ho...
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