The road team broke serve yet again Thursday night, as the Anaheim Ducks were able to hold on to defeat the Los Angeles Kings in game three of their second round series. After L.A. captured the first two games in Anaheim, the Ducks retuned the favor at the Staples Center to cut their series deficit in half.
"We want and need to beat them," said Ben Lovejoy, who scored the game-winning goal for Anaheim. "Tonight, we proved we can, and hopefully leave a seed of doubt in their mind that the Ducks can play this game."
Mike Richards scored for the Kings with only 31 seconds remaining, but it was too little too late. Lovejoy’s goal held up for the Ducks, who were outshot 31-22 in the contest. The Ducks also got goals from Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne. The 43-year-old Selanne has responded well since being a healthy scratch in game four of the opening round, scoring four points in his last five games.
In addition to the tally from Richards (his first of the playoffs), the Kings also got a goal from his former Philadelphia Flyers teammate Jeff Carter. In all, it was a sloppy effort for Los Angeles, who lost for the first time since game three of the opening round.
Despite the win, there is some reason to be concerned for the Ducks, as surprise starting goaltender Frederik Andersen went down halfway through the third period and did not return. Jonas Hiller (who started the first two games of the series) came in in relief, stopping seven of eight shots. No word yet on Andersen’s availability for game four on Saturday, he is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. If he cannot go it will either be Hiller getting the start, or possibly even top prospect John Gibson.