Anaheim Ducks Defeat Los Angeles Kings 6-5 in Shootout, Thriller

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Sep 22, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks right wing Emerson Etem (16) moves the puck down the ice defended by Colorado Avalanche left wing Michael Schumacher (53) during the first period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Third Star: Emerson Etem, LW (+1, 7 SOG, 67.65 CF% (5-on-5), 16:01 TOI)

Emerson Etem was terrific for the Ducks while playing on the top line in place of Patrick Maroon with Getzlaf and Smith-Pelly. Though the other two members of that line found the scoresheet on the Ducks’ fifth goal, Etem’s speed, energy, and tenacity along the walls was huge. Etem registered a whopping seven shots on goal, and when he was on the ice at even strength, the Ducks had 23 shot attempts towards Quick, while only allowing 11 attempts at the Anaheim net (67.65%).

Etem has been struggling this season, with one point (a goal) in 17 games. In an effort to jump-start the offense, Etem was given a much bigger role, bumped up from the fourth line with Thompson and Jackman to play a more meaningful top-six role. Etem made the most of it, as his spectacular play manifested itself beyond points. If Etem continues this level of play, then the Ducks may have to reconsider sending Etem down to the AHL once Kyle Palmieri returns.