With the worst team in sports coming to the Pond, it was a statement game between these two Southern California foes. This hockey game would start off fast. The beautiful Cogs/Kes/Silfverberg line got the engine rolling with a vicious forecheck that would have Kesler shoot a puck just wide. As for LA, Kempe from would pull a chump move by spearing Boll in the groin which would leave Anaheim’s enforcer down for a few minutes. If Randy Newman had known that the Kings would use his song, he would have never written it.
Paul LaDue would go for tripping Rakell and on the ensuing power play, the Vatman would drill a one timer off the post. On the same power play, vintage Getzlaf returned for a play. He would have a clear shooting lane and instead, attempted to pass.
Late in the opening frame, Boll returned and did Boll like things by going after Kings center Nic Dowd, resulting in Clifford stepping in for a scrap. It’s never a Freeway Face-Off without a fight.
SOG: ANA-9 LA-7
The better version of Anaheim’s captain would show up early in the second. Getzy would throw his weight around and strip the puck off McNabb’s stick. With ALL of LA’s players puck watching, Getzlaf would zip a perfect pass to a crashing Josh Manson who would cash in. Kids, if you want to learn how to not play defense, go check out that goal. Anaheim-1 LA-0.
By the way, Gibson has been a wall this entire time. Just thought I’d share that. But not to be outdone would be Peter Budaj. He would stuff Silfverberg with a solid save on a wrap around attempt with the pads. Side note- Jake Muzzin is also a chump for that not so sneaky delay of game he got. Smart move though, may have saved a goal.
In the last few minutes, Kesler’s beast of a line would get more scoring chances. Down behind the net, Ryan Kesler would find Silfverberg who tipped it to an open Cogliano who would kiss the post. The near goal experience almost tasted worse when Trevor Lewis would get Gaborik’s rebound off the boards and nearly tuck it behind Gibby. Alec Martinez then threw the biscuit back into the chaos, but John Gibson would fight her off.
SOG: ANA-21 LA-14
A few minutes into the 3rd, Kase would get some good looks. He drilled one shot off the mask of Budaj, but nothing would cross the goal line. Getzlaf and Perry would almost score as well, with a nice feed from the captain. Perry is still banging on that ketchup bottle.
Gibson was just as sharp on the other end. Dwight King took a shot from the top of the circle and the puck would take a funky bounce off of Kopitar’s foot and toward the net. Gibby would have an amazing reaction time and fight the redirection off with the glove. Another side note- the refs must have left their whistles in the locker room because everyone was giving their best Captain Hook impersonations. At least the game was called even.
A Ducks penalty would be of no harm as the Kings failed to register a shot on the power play. Perry would then lead the charge on a 3v2 as his rebound found its way to Getzlaf, who was shut down by Budaj. Perry would do more good things, this time with Rakell, by killing time with a puck battle down low. Perry would come out with it and feed Cramarossa on a cross creaser for an open net. Crossbar.
It felt as if LA would get a stupid goal to tie the game up, but Gibby stood tall. Cogliano was buried by LaDue into the boards chasing after a loose puck. LA would bring the puck back in, forcing Gibby to make a huge save against Tanner Pearson with under a minute to go. The puck was batted out to Cogs in the neutral zone, and he would horrify us all by missing the open net, probably because he saw four nets after that brutal hit. Thankfully, LA would find themselves offsides as the clock reached zero. John Gibson, another day, another shutout. This was his fifth shutout of the season and his second one against the Kings.
SOG: ANA-29 LA-24
Final: Ducks-1 Kings-0
The Ducks are on the road and off to the desert as they play the Coyotes tomorrow night.