ANAHEIM – Oh the drama that comes with rivalries is just oh, too, sweet. It took sixty minutes, five minutes after that, and a nine round shootout to determine a winner tonight, but the Los Angeles Kings and rookie goaltender Martin Jones landed on top of the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 with a shootout win.
Martin Jones made his NHL debut tonight with the Kings, and it was one to remember for the young man. Jones made some impressive saves, while stopping 26 of the 28 shots he faced. Jones wasn’t done with just that though as he stopped all nine shots he faced in the shootout, sealing a win for the Kings, the first win of his career.
Jonas Hiller didn’t make his debut tonight, but he kept the Ducks alive in an incredible performance in net. Hiller faced 51 shots, and stopped 49, and saved eight of the nine shots he saw in the shootout.
Jeff Carter opened up the scoring in the second period with a wrister off a faceoff. The goal was Carter’s seventh of the season.
The Ducks answered back just 46 seconds later as a shot hit the chest pad of Jones and rolled into the crease where Ryan Getzlaf shoved it into the net to tie the game at one.
The Ducks got an early powerplay in the third where they capitalized. Corey Perry snuck in past a pair of Kings defenders right outside the crease and found himself one-on-one with Jones. Perry deked right and Jones bit, Perry deked back left and shot the puck backhand into the net to take a 2-1 lead.
The Kings kept the pressure though and it finally worked as Dustin Brown deked back off a faceoff and wristed a shot towards the net. The puck bounced off the top of Hiller’s glove and trickled across the crease to tie the game. The goal put Brown in a tie for ninth all-time in goals for the Kings franchise.
After sixty minutes of regulation, and a scoreless overtime, the game was to be decided in a shootout.
Eight Kings shooters failed to score against Hiller (Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Justin Williams, Drew Doughty, Jarret Stoll, Dustin Brown, Matt Frattin) before Dwight King shot a puck above the pad and below the glove of Hiller.
This left just Matthieu Perreault alone to keep the game alive for the Ducks, but he couldn’t beat Jones like the eight before him (Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Nick Bonino, Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanna, Dustin Penner, Kyle Palmieri, Matt Beleskey) giving the Kings the win and crucial two points.
Final from Honda Center in Anaheim, California:
Kings, 3 Ducks, 2 (SO)
Three Stars of the Game:
1. Jeff Carter, LAK (Goal)
2. Jonas Hiller, ANA (49 Saves, 2 GA)
3. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA (Goal)
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