After the 2nd period:
Ducks 2, Kings 1
The good: The Ducks are 20 minutes away from just their fourth victory since Oct. 17 and the first under coach Bruce Boudreau. Before their fans can begin uncorking the champagne, however, keep in mind the Ducks have been consistently blowing leads lately. They were 15.9 seconds from escaping the second period with a two-goal advantage, but Kings rookie defenseman Slava Voynov scored off a generous pass from Dustin Penner after Anze Kopitar had cleared out the crease with a smooth drive to the net. Anaheim led by two goals with a period remaining Friday night against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers and lost in overtime, 4-3. They also led by two Sunday against visiting Montreal and lost that one too. Until the final minute, Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, who publicly laid into his defense after the loss against the Canadiens, had to be happy with what he had seen in front of him. The Kings have managed just 16 shots on net but as we’ve learned, there’s still a long way to go
The bad: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty added to his three first-period giveaways with a two-minute tripping penalty in the second period, the only power play of the game so far. The Kings front office is probably beginning to wonder when they will get their $7 million worth this season.
The in between: In a scary moment for the Ducks, leading scorer Corey Perry stayed down for a few moments after taking a cross check from Penner while prone on the ice. Penner, a former teammate of Perry’s, pressed his stick into Perry’s lower back and leaned into it with all 240 pounds. Perry looked pretty uncomfortable as he walked to the locker room, but emerged a few moments later to the relief of Anaheim fans. He later drew the tripping penalty on Doughty.