first_imgThe Ducks have spent the entire season near the top of the Western Conference standings while the Kings have sunk to the bottom, but the Kings showed Saturday night that they still have some fight left in them. In the latest round of a crosstown battle often described as tepid, the Kings and Ducks played the roles of bickering neighbors and wore a path to the penalty box. Between scrums, they played some entertaining hockey and the Ducks eventually came away with a 3-2 shootout victory before 18,118 at Staples Center. Chris Kunitz’s goal, 5:48 into the third period, gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead before Anze Kopitar evened things later in the period. A contentious first period included just one goal – the Kings’ Alexander Frolov’s deflection with eight seconds left – but plenty of action, including one fight, three misconduct penalties and 56 penalty minutes. Things settled down a bit after that, and Teemu Selanne tied the game 3:22 into the second period. The goal was Selanne’s 300th as a Duck, which tied the franchise record set by Paul Kariya. Neither team entered Saturday’s crosstown matchup in much of a sunny mood. The Kings have long since settled into last place in the conference and the Ducks, after a brilliant two-month burst to start the season, slipped a bit and had lost seven of their previous 11 games. Photos Kings vs Ducks LOS ANGELES – In one of those what-was-he-thinking moments, the Kings’ Lubomir Visnovsky, listed – generously – at 5-foot-10 and 188 pounds, went charging after Travis Moen, the Ducks’ 6-2, 216-pound enforcer. After some initial clutching, pushing and yelling, Moen dumped Visnovsky to the ground with a shove, and could there have been a better metaphor for the way the Kings’ and Ducks’ seasons have gone? center_img In fact, the Kings have had a better February than the Ducks. It took the Kings four months to find consistent goaltending, but the emergence of Sean Burke and Mathieu Garon has helped greatly. During their recent five-game East Coast swing, the Kings recorded at least one point in four games. “You can say all the right things in the (dressing) room and talk about being positive, but until you win, it doesn’t matter,” Kings team captain Mattias Norstrom said before the game. “We can do all the right things out there and have meetings … but the only way to learn how to win is by winning. “It’s no secret that if you’re going to win in this league, you have to have good goaltending.” Burke, who has a stellar 2.16 goals-against average since being claimed off waivers by the Kings, got the night off as the Kings turned to Garon. The Kings’ Mattias Norstrom left the game in the first period and didn’t return. The Kings announced that Norstrom had left the game with an undisclosed lower-body injury. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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