LOS ANGELES—Devante Smith-Pelly earned his best moment to beat the Kings and help the team stay on top. After scoring the lone goal in the second to put
Holding the Kings to just three wins this season, the Ducks wished to close out the series ahead in the seventh meeting between the cross town rivals.
The Ducks didn’t wait long to even it up as Nick Bonino pulled off an amazing backhander while down opposite the net where the puck lifted high enough into the air while Jonathan Quick was spread out on the ice. The game belonged to
The second belonged to the Kings offense being pushed back by the Ducks defense. Anaheim made a battle out of stopping 12 shots on goal where more than half were blocked by Andersen’s support out front giving the Dane a break from dealing with Los Angeles’ best attack of the game so far. While the success of the defense worked against them, the Ducks earned a lucky reward in the Kings zone where Hampus Lindholm took a shot from the right side of Quick where the puck tipped off the stick of Smith-Pelly near traffic to give him his second of the season. It was his first goal since October 31 and not the last of his season.
Down by just a goal, the Kings made a last rush for pride in
Despite the low show of force on the puck possession, scoring wasn’t the problem the Ducks faced at all. Matt Beleskey made a steal on the boards in the neutral zone where he went one on one with Quick to snap the puck high over the glove to put his team back in the lead. Kopitar with his tremendous fight responded 45 seconds later with a wrister high on the slot to make it a 3-3 game that would need more time to decide a winner.
The Ducks controlled a majority of the four on four hockey in overtime, where three shots were blocked and caught by Quick to help time expire and send both teams to a second shootout with each other. Since losing the last against the Kings, the Ducks have been better against others which ultimately resulted in their success over the months.
Quick stopped shots from Nick Bonino, Richard Rakell and Corey Perry. Andersen also went 3 for 3 stopping Kopitar, Marian Gaborik and Jeff Carter. It came time for Smith-Pelly to take his chance against Quick and as he skated towards the center, he sent the puck high above Quick’s shoulder to put everything on Justin Williams. Williams’ best efforts to keep the game alive went unanswered, shooting wide and giving the Ducks a 4-3 win of the season series.
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