After a horrible start, the Kings are now on a four game roll, and a high-powered third period featuring three goals led them to a 5-2 win over the mighty Ducks last night, ending an Anaheim six game win streak. Another streak that the Kings brought to a conclusion was the winning streak of the Ducks’ rookie goalie VIctor Fasth, who had won his first eight NHL games, which was only one short of the NHL record for a goalie to start a season.
On the Kings’ side goalie-wise, it was an infinitely better eve for Jonathan Quick, who remained on the ice for the entire game, making 24 saves (92%) and giving up only
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|two goals, after his performance on Feb. 2 in Anaheim when he was pulled a mere six minutes into the game. Quick’s return to form, and presumably health after his off-season back surgery, has been one of the keys in the team’s resurgence, as they are now in the seventh playoff spot in the Western Conference, and with 20 points in only 17 games, they have an advantage over every team they are chasing, except for the Ducks.
The game was a hard-hitting physical battle, and the refs let the players go at it from the beginning, failing to call a single penalty in the first period. That set the
tone for a real battle, and several Anaheim sources, such as Saku Koivu, have said the Ducks, who had a hard-fought overtime win the night before, ran out of gas by the third period. That is of special interest, as the Ducks have been a great third period team this season, and in fact, the loss also meant an end to their string of six straight come-from-behind wins, a feat that had not been done in seven years.
The Ducks play Nashville, who they beat on the road in a shootout 10 days ago, at home tomorrow, and the Kings travel to Detroit for their game tomorrow. A win would leapfrog the Kings over the Red Wings and into a tie with the Blues for the the fifth Western Conference spot (It would be a three-way tie if Dallas wins tonight).
The Kings and Ducks do not again meet until April 7, and with the shortened season have only two more against each other.