|Date of game: 11/12/2014
Recap: Anaheim vs. Los Angeles
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Kesler scored a pair of third-period goals and added the winner in the shootout as the Anaheim Ducks stole a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.
The first meeting of last season's Western Conference second-round series had the feel of a playoff game, especially after the clubs combined for five goals in a wild third period.
Ryan Getzlaf scored with 1:39 left in regulation to force overtime, and goals from Jakob Silfverberg and Kesler in the shootout ended the Ducks' three-game slide.
Jason LaBarbera took over for an ineffective Frederik Andersen midway through the second period and made 14 saves before stopping Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar in the shootout.
"That was the loudest regular season game I've ever heard," said LaBarbera. "It felt like the playoffs out there."
Jonathan Quick made 44 saves in the loss, but the Kings fell for the sixth time in their last eight games.
"If it wasn't for Jonathan, it wasn't even close," said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter. "They're a much better team than we are. They proved it last year."
Kesler beat Quick from between the circles 2:35 into third period to knot things at 3-3, but Marian Gaborik and Justin Williams each scored less than four minutes apart to give the Kings a two-goal cushion.
Gaborik skated in and snuck an odd-angle shot past LaBarbera at the 7:32 mark, and Williams chipped in a rebound with 8:59 to play.
A gorgeous wrap-around goal from Kesler ignited the Honda Center crowd, and Getzlaf's deflection of Devante Smith-Pelly's turnaround shot with 1:39 remaining provoked an even louder response from the home fans.
Sami Vatanen hooked Kopitar going in on a breakaway 9:21 into the opening period, and Kopitar backhanded one through Andersen's legs for the early lead.
LA's Drew Doughty scored his first goal of the season with 48.5 seconds left in the opening period with a rising slap shot into the right corner.
Cam Fowler, who had missed Sunday's loss to the Canucks, returned with a goal at the 7:07 mark of the second period to cut Anaheim's deficit to 2-1.
Just over two minutes later, however, Andersen let up a soft goal by whiffing on Trevor Lewis' pedestrian wrister from the point, and Bruce Boudreau immediately pulled his starter.
Silfverberg scored from the same spot as Fowler -- the right circle -- with 8:17 remaining in the middle stanza.Game Notes
The Kings needed seven games to oust the Ducks in last season's playoffs ...
The Ducks have been without Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin because of a
viral gland infection that was identified Wednesday as the mumps. Perry has
been cleared to play and is listed as day-to-day, while Beauchemin is still
receiving IV treatments ... Defenseman Jamie McBain, signed the Kings on
Tuesday, saw 11:47 of ice time ... These Pacific Division rivals play again in
LA on Saturday.