Brown, Kopitar power Kings past Ducks

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) — Captain Dustin Brown and Anze
Kopitar scored a power-play goal nearly six minutes apart in the
third period to propel the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 triumph
over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday in a battle of Pacific
Division rivals.

Jarett Stoll recorded a goal and two assists and Patrick
O’Sullivan also tallied as Los Angeles snapped its three-game
losing streak.

Defenseman Matt Greene notched two assists and Jonathan Quick
finished with 28 saves for the Kings.

“It was poised at the start and I thought very poised in the
last four minutes of the game,” Los Angeles coach Terry Murray
said. “That was important for us to show that kind of start.
The last three games have not gone the way we’d like in the
beginning and there is desperation on both sides.”

“I think we handled (the pressure) pretty well,” Quick said.
“We came out with the win. We were up by a goal with a couple
of minutes left and I don’t think they got into our zone. We
played great team defense and played great all game. It was a
big win.”

All-Star Ryan Getzlaf registered a goal and two assists and
Teemu Selanne and Chris Kunitz also tallied for Anaheim, which
played its last home game before a season-high six-game road

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“I think that this team is capable of winning and getting
points,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “I still think this
team is capable of winning. It’s going to take a great effort
on our behalf to string some wins together.”

Jonas Hiller turned aside 22 shots for the Ducks, who dropped
their second consecutive contest.

“We’re disappointed,” defenseman Scott Niedermayer said. “I
think for the most part we worked hard and did a lot of things
we wanted to do. Obviously, we had some mistakes happen and
made some dumb decisions.”

Brown and Kopitar capitalized on a pair of 5-on-3 advantages for
Los Angeles.

With the game tied at 2-2 at the 9:35 mark, Brown gave the Kings
the lead after his shot from the left faceoff circle beat
Hiller. With 4:37 remaining, Kopitar netted what stood as the
game-winning goal by tucking the puck past the Swiss netminder.

“Before, I don’t know if we were really comfortable going into
the third period with a one-goal lead,” Kopitar said. “But we
kept our composure, we got scored on, but we didn’t back off and
we kept on going. We drew some penalties and we were able to
capitalize on the power play.”

Kunitz scored 57 seconds later, but the Ducks could not net the