LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Dwight King scored the deciding goal in the shootout and also scored in the second period, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 exhibition victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.
Jordan Nolan and Tyler Toffoli also had goals for the defending Stanley Cup champions and Martin Jones made 25 saves.
Emerson Etem, Dany Heatley and Ryan Kesler scored for the Ducks and John Gibson stopped 31 shots.
Kesler, acquired from Vancouver in a draft-day trade after spending his first 10 NHL seasons with the Canucks, played his first game with the Ducks and skated on a line between Jakob Silfverberg and left wing Patrick Maroon.
Kesler played almost 17 minutes before getting his first shot on goal, converting Maroon’s pass from behind the net with 8:10 left in the third period to tie it at 3—just 37 seconds after Toffoli scored on a breakaway to put the Kings ahead.
Last season, the Southern California rivals faced each other in a playoff series for the first time. The Kings beat the Pacific Division champs in a seven-game Western Conference semifinal and went on to win their second NHL title in three years.