Last night, the Anaheim Ducks faced off with their freeway face off rivals, the Los Angeles Kings, and came out on top with a 2-0 win, extending Anaheim's winning streak to two games, and lengthening the Kings' losing streak to four in a row.
The first period was rather uneventful, with, aside from some impressive saves from both Jonathan Quick and Jonas Hiller, the only noteworthy event was a scrap between Anaheim's Aaron Voros and LA's Kyle Clifford.
In the second, Anaheim picked up the pace and found a way to steal the first lead of the game. With LA King Drew Doughty taking two tripping penalties just seven seconds apart, it took Anaheim just seven seconds on the second power play to convert on a point shot from young defender, Cam Fowler. Assists on Fowler's goal went to Lubomir Visnovsky and Teemu Selanne, however it was Corey Perry who would be the next name on the list, with Perry taking a penalty and sending Anaheim shorthanded for the first time in the game with under six minutes left in the middle period. Anaheim's penalty kill utilized the chance to keep the momentum in their favor with a solid penalty kill.
Taking the ice for the third period, Anaheim skated their worst 20 minutes of the game with a disappointing four shots on goal compared to LA's 10 shots against Jonas Hiller. However, within those four shots, Anaheim lengthened their lead to 2-0 with a goal from Jason Blake, which came from a two on one opportunity with Teemu Selanne.
With that game, Anaheim jumped to the 9th seat in the West, making them the highest ranked California team. Last night also was the first time that the Kings had been shut out since March 18, 2010.
Next, Anaheim faces off with the Florida Panthers tomorrow night to jump start December, hopefully on the right foot.