By Michael Walters
The Los Angeles Kings came out strong to start this game. They got an early power play when Corey Perry was called for holding. The Kings couldn’t convert as Anton Kuhdobin stood tall blocking both shots. The Ducks then got a power play when Juss Schultz was called for holding. The Ducks couldn’t score with the extra man either. The score after the first was 0-0, LA 8 shots to Anaheim’s 7.
A few minutes later the Ducks would get on the board first as Corey Perry would get a loose puck and backhand it into the net. The teams would exchange penalties. The Ducks would get two power plays and the Kings would get one, but neither team could convert. Kyle Clifford would tie the game with just over a minute left on a deflection. Then with under a minute left Chris Wagner would deliver a big check on Lucic into the boards. After a brief scrum the Ducks would finish the period on the power play. The teams were tied 1-1, shots favored Anaheim 15 to 8.
This period saw more intensity as Corey Perry and Kyle Clifford would get into it. Kevin Bieksa would jump in and stand up for Perry. The teams battled the rest of the period, but neither scored. The Kings made a push in the third period out shooting the Ducks 16 to 7. The teams remained tied 1-1 after three periods.
The Ducks started the 3-on-3 overtime with Rickard Rakell, Cam Fowler, and Corey Perry. The Ducks won the face-off and controlled the puck the entire time until Perry scored the game winner at point blank range in front of Enroth.
1. Corey Perry: Perry single handedly took down the Kings in this game. He scored the first goal and the game winner in overtime for the win.
2. Anton Khudobin: Another strong outing by Khudobin. He stopped 31 of 32 Kings shots, earning a .969 save percentage.
3. Josh Manson/Chris Wagner/Kevin Bieksa: Manson went a full minute in his fight with Lucic, showing he isn’t going to back down from anyone. Wagner delivered a great check on Lucic at the end of the second period. We have become used to seeing these kinds of hits from him now. And Bieksa stood up for Perry, which is what you expect him to do.
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