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Quack, Quack! The Ducks get goosed!

Mike Richards puts one past Jonas Hiller. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Kings iced the “mighty” Anaheim Ducks last night in a 7 round shootout thriller. Justin Williams #14, scored the game winning goal with a high wrist shot past Jonas Hiller for a 2-1 victory. In a solid team performance by the Kings in which they dominated the first 40 minutes of play, the Kings let up, if only slightly, when Teemu Selanne tied the game at 1-1 with 2:25 left to go in regulation. “We kept saying, ‘We couldn’t let them hang around, we couldn’t let them hang around’ and we ended up letting them hang around,” Justin Williams said. “Hiller made a lot of great stops, but when we get ahead we need to put teams away.”

The Ducks, who are now 6-8-4, continue to struggle. They have only two wins in their last 13 games. Even worse, they have been held to two or fewer goals for the 12th time in 18 games this season. But what is bad news for the Ducks is good news for us…I mean, the Kings. The Kings are now 9-6-3 and have won back to back games including a 5-2 win over Minnesota on November 12th. As the Pacific Division shuffle continues, the Kings are now tied with Phoenix (Phoenix?! Really?!) for 2nd place and are only 1 point behind Dallas for 1st place. The Kings need to build on this momentum as the last 10 or so games have not been kind to the Kings. When asked about the Kings frustration level on trying to get goals on Jonas Hiller (who was 100% solid last night), Coach Terry Murray had this to say: “Frustration is good. If you’re getting 37 shots, you get 30 shots after two periods and you’re getting frustrated because you’re not scoring. That’s okay. That means you’re doing a lot of good things to get frustrated about. That means you’re getting pucks to the net.”

“It is definitely good to get the two points,” goalie Jonathan Quick said.  “We can’t be too happy about it, because they (Ducks) still got a point out of it. That’s a game where we were out playing them, and we’ve got to make sure they don’t get any points and we get two. They got one there on the power play at the end that I think I could have stopped. That was a little disappointing, but to get two points, it’s always good.’’

Out playing the Ducks they were. The Kings captain, Dustin Brown who had an assist on Mike Richards 5-on-3 power play goal in the second period, was simply on fire. It’s a work of art to watch Dustin Brown skate sometimes. Quicks efforts aside, I thought Dustin Brown should have been the third star of the night with Jonas Hiller being number 2. As I have said before, sometimes the score board doesn’t tell the whole story. Jonas Hiller deserves the second star position because he was simply a WALL in last night’s game. The Kings out shot the Ducks 37-24. That’s impressive. But Dustin Brown’s skating, play making and back checking were a force to be reckoned with last night. Dustin Brown’s efforts last night make it clear why he is the Kings captain.

The Kings go for the Freeway Faceoff sweep as they play the Ducks again tonight, only this time in the “Lions Den” known as Anaheim, California. The puck drops at 7:00 PM at the Honda Center and the game can be seen on Fox Sports West.

Go Kings GO!!!

  1. Courtney
    November 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Go Kings!

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