By Michael Walters
For the first time this season the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings played each other. Last season, four of the five games ended in a tie in regulation. Tonight would be another close contest with the Ducks losing and a controversial no goal call that went against them.
Both teams came out tight defensively limiting the amount of open ice. There was only a total of six combined shots almost 14 minutes into the game. The Ducks had two power play chances, but could not convert. Towards the end of the period, Patrick Maroon and Brayden McNabb would drop the gloves and each received five minutes for fighting. In the final minute, Chris Stewart took a needless penalty. The Kings didn’t score, but carried the power play over to start the second period. Shots favored LA 7-5.
Almost a minute into the period Vincent Lecavalier would score on the power play, giving the Kings a 1-0 lead. Just 33 seconds later, the Ducks answered right back, as Rickard Rakell would make a great deflection on a Shea Theodore point shot. Rakell tipped the shot and redirected it over Jonathan Quick‘s shoulder and under the crossbar. The game was tied 1-1. Almost halfway through the period, Stewart would make a big check drawing the ire of Luke Schenn. The two dropped the gloves, but no one really landed punches, though they still both received five minutes for fighting. The Ducks would get a power play chance when Jake Muzzin slashed Corey Perry, but Anaheim couldn’t score. The Kings would then score twice in two minutes to take a 3-1 lead. First, Tyler Toffoli would pick up a lose puck and throw it wide of the net, but it deflected off of Sami Vatanen and into the net. Second, Anze Kopitar would set a screen and deflect one past John Gibson. Kings lead 3-1, shots favored LA 12-11 in the period.
The Ducks came out strong in the final frame and pushed to get back in the game. Newly acquired David Perron would get his first goal in his first game as a Duck. He took a point shot, which Quick lost sight off, as it sailed over him and into the back of the net. It then looked like Andrew Cogliano tied the game as he deflected a puck into the net with his skate. Ryan Kesler threw a puck toward the net and it hit Cogliano’s right skate before going in. The original call on the ice was the puck was kicked in and the upon review it was upheld. In the final minutes the Ducks pulled Gibson and tried to tie the game, but couldn’t. LA won 3-2.
NHL Rule 49.2 – Kicking
“Kicking the puck shall be permitted in all zones. A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net with his skate/foot. A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who kicks a puck that deflects into the net off any player, goalkeeper or official. A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player’s skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal.”
If you click the link in the tweet below, then you will find the video explanation by the NHL as to why there was no goal on the play involving Cogliano.
Based upon the rule and video, it appears the correct call was made. Some have concerns about the rule itself, but the larger concern is how this rule is applied. There have been similar plays like this where the play was deemed a good goal.
Key Moment Of The Game
Late in the second period when the Kings scored two goals in just under two minutes. An unlucky bounce and deflection found the Ducks down by two going into the third period instead of being tied.
Key Stat Of The Game
28 goal differential in the second period. The Ducks have been outscored 48 to 20 in the second period this season.
The game started out like a heavyweight fight with both teams measuring each other up. Neither one wanted to give the other any open ice to start the game. Things did start to open up in the second period, but unfortunately it was the Kings who benefited more by scoring three goals. The first goal came on the power play, which Anaheim had killed 34 penalties in a row until the previous game against Dallas. The Ducks have given up a power play goal in each of their last two contests. The second goal was a bad break as Vatanen was caught in the crease when the puck deflected off of him and into the net. Lastly, Kopitar scored where he was standing literally untouched in front of Gibson. The Ducks can’t seem to figure out their second period troubles. Finally the Kings star players Kopitar, Toffoli, and Jeff Carter out played Getzlaf, Kesler, and Corey Perry. Carter earned an assist on the Kings first goal. Kopitar and Toffoli would both score goals. The Ducks big three only had one assist by Getzlaf on Perron’s goal.
Ryan Getzlaf had an assist extending his point streak to five games.
Shea Theodore also picked up an assist extending his point streak to three games.
Jakob Silfverberg lead the team with six shots on net. He has 18 in his last three games.
The Ducks close out the home stand on Wednesday against the Wild at 7pm.
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