Four-goal burst helps Kings triumph in battle of Los Angeles against the Ducks
Last Updated: February 26, 2013 9:31am
The Kings won the battle of Los Angeles, ending Anaheim's winning streak with a 5-2 victory.
And the Chicago Blackhawks edged out Edmonton 3-2 to stretch their NHL-record opening points streak to 19 games.
In a match-up against their cross-town rivals, the Kings - defending NHL champions - trailed 2-1 in the second period before firing home four times to decide the game.
Dustin Brown tied the contest with two minutes left in the second, and the Kings took control in the third when Slava Voynov, Jake Muzzin and Jeff Carter all netted to seal the win.
Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty said: "For us to come out and win that third period, that was the first time I felt we were clicking like we had last year.
"The crowd was going nuts. We just had all the momentum."
It was the Kings' fourth-straight victory (9-6-2) and moved them into second place behind the Pacific-leading Ducks (13-3-1), who had a six-game streak brought to a crashing halt.
Goaltender Viktor Fasth saw his extraordinary run of winning his first eight starts end. He made 20 saves but was no match for the defending NHL champions.
"It had to come at some point," Fasth said. "For every win you have, you get closer to a (loss). Just start over. We have to forget this and move on."
Andrew Cogliano and Saku Koivu scored for Anaheim in the second, to sandwich a score from Los Angeles' Dustin Penner.
The defeat kept the Ducks from matching their franchise record of seven consecutive victories, set in 1999.
Jonathan Quick had 24 saves and Anze Kopitar added three assists for the Kings, who have now won six of seven.
Marian Hossa scored 1:44 into overtime as Chicago beat the Oilers.
Patrick Sharp set up the winning goal with a quick turn along the boards and a drive to the goal that led to two stops by Nikolai Khabibulin.
Hossa picked up the second rebound and was stuffed by Khabibulin again before he poked it in for his ninth goal of the season.
Patrick Kane and Viktor Stalberg also scored for Chicago (16-0-3), who have won six straight and nine of 10.