By Michael Walters
In a preview of the Freeway Face-Off, the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles returned to play a typical tight checking game. In a close battle the Ducks would pull out the win 2-1.
The first period was penalty filled for the Kings. The Ducks would get two power play back-to-back, but couldn’t score on either one. The Ducks had trouble setting up in the offensive zone. Anaheim managed just one shot in the first two power plays. The Kings then got a power play, but were unable to score. At the 18:04 mark, Jamie McBain lost an edge while trying to defend Tim Jackman and high sticked Jackman in the face. Jackman received a few stitches and was held out of the rest of the game for precautionary reasons only. Shots favored LA 8-4 in this period.
The offense picked up in this period as the Ducks would score early on the power play. Stefan Noesen would backhand one past Jonathan Quick. Assists were by Nick Ritchie and Patrick Maroon. About eight minutes later the Kings would respond with a short handed goal by Trevor Lewis. Tanner Pearson and Jack Muzzin would get the assists. This period was more chippy then the first with several after the whistle player conferences around both nets. The Ducks would take the lead (for good) as Patrick Maroon tipped in a point shot to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead after two periods. Shots favored Anaheim 19-7 in this period.
The period continued with the chippy play as Kyle Clifford and Maroon would both get roughing minors early in the period. The Kings fought hard to try to get the trying goal by registering 10 shots on goal. Jhonas Enroth, who started the third period instead of Quick, was pulled in the finals moments of the game. The Ducks held on to win 2-1.
1. Stefan Noesen: He scored one goal and was flying around the ice all night long. He registered 5 shots on goal and 2 hits.
2. Rickard Rakell: In both preseason games he has played well in the face-off circle. He won 8 of the first 10 face-offs in this contest. He didn’t score, but had 6 shots on net.
3. Kevin Bieksa: Bieksa had a well rounded game recording two shots, a hit, and an assist. He made his physical presence known. At one point during the game he went up to Tanner Pearson and introduced himself.
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