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National Hockey League
Anaheim 4, Los Angeles 2
When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, January 13, 2018
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: Graham Skilliter, Gord Dwyer
Linesmen: Ryan Gibbons, Lonnie Cameron
Attendance: 18443
Ondrej Kase had a career night with two goals and an assist as the Anaheim Ducks hung on for a 4-2 victory over the rival Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Ducks goalie John Gibson made 23 saves to collect the victory at the Staples Center, though his team nearly blew a three-goal lead. In a game that featured three fights in the first 2 1/2 minutes of play, the real heavyweight was Kase, the 22-year-old who was drafted in the seventh round in 2014.

Kase opened the scoring 6:14 into the affair when his sharp-angled shot slipped through the legs of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. It was Anaheim's first shot on net.

Ryan Kesler doubled the lead with a power-play goal at 18:50 in the opening frame, giving the Ducks two goals on five shots against the usually top-notch Kings netminder.

Kase added his second of the night at 2:10 of the third period thanks to another miscue by the goalie. Quick went behind his net to play the puck, but Nick Ritchie stole it and set up Kase, who made no mistake banging it home into the yawning cage to make it a 3-0 edge.

However, just as everyone witnessed in the first few minutes, the Kings refused to go down without swinging.

Nick Shore breathed life into the hosts when he put them on the board at 8:32 of the third period, and then Anze Kopitar made it a one-goal game with just 6:14 remaining. Kopitar collected his 18th goal of the season.

However, Corey Perry's empty-net goal with 28 seconds remaining sealed the deal for Anaheim, which has claimed five consecutive Pacific Division titles but needs a winning streak to get back in the playoff picture.

Quick stopped 18 shots for the Kings, who remain second in the Pacific Division but have now dropped three consecutive games.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Anaheim   Los Angeles
Ondrej Kase 3 Points Anze Kopitar 1
Ondrej Kase 2 Goals Anze Kopitar 1
Ondrej Kase 1 Assists Christian Folin 1
Ryan Kesler 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
John Gibson .920 Save Percentage Jonathan Quick .857
John Gibson 23 Saves Jonathan Quick 18
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Anaheim 22 4 1-2 2-2 19 23
Los Angeles 25 2 0-2 1-2 19 23
Upcoming Games
  • Los Angeles will play their next game at home against San Jose. The Kings have a W/L % of .640 after a win and .444 after a loss.
  • Anaheim will play their next game on the road against Colorado. The Ducks have a W/L % of .421 after a win and .480 after a loss.