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

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Nov 5, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey (39) celebrates with the bench after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Next up for the Ducks is a rematch with the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, although this time, they will be in the confines of Staples Center in Los Angeles. After a thriller on Wednesday, Saturday’s game should be another heavyweight matchup and an entertaining bout. The Kings, despite the blown 5-3 lead, are still one of the NHL’s premier teams, and they should be a better club on Sunday. Jonathan Quick allowed five goals, but he also faced 49 shots. In those situations, it’s unrealistic to expect the goalie to bail out his teammates: the issue was allowing the sheer volume of shots in the first place.

The Kings are usually the team possessing the puck and sustaining heavy pressure in the offensive zone, so it was surprising to see the Ducks do it to the Kings, especially since Anaheim isn’t necessarily known for its ability to grind out shifts in the offensive zone and continuously run shots: they have more skilled finishers and have much more one-and-done chances.

The Ducks closed their four game homestand with a 1-0-3 record. The Ducks’ game on Saturday will be their first of a back-to-back. Anaheim will return to Honda Center and play the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

Point Streaks, General Notes:

Kesler and Vatanen both extended their point streaks to four games. This game was Kesler’s first multi-point effort since the season opener (one goal, two assists), and the goals were his first since October 22nd, when he scored the game-winning goal against the Buffalo Sabres.

Vatanen also led the Ducks in ice-time (24:17). The Ducks trio of young defensemen played the most minutes, with Lindholm (23:51) and Fowler (23:36) just behind. Getzlaf led all Anaheim forwards in ice time, with 23:08.

Last postseason, the Kings destroyed the Ducks in the faceoff circle. This time, the Ducks won 35 of 65 draws, and only Kopitar was above 50% in the faceoff circle for Los Angeles. Kesler won 15 of 27 draws (55.6%), Getzlaf won 9 of 17 (52.9%), and Thompson won five of nine (55.6%). Kesler won 50% of his draws with both Kopitar and Jarret Stoll and was over 50% against both Carter and Mike Richards.