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Ducks beat Kings, set stage for historic outdoor game

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On Jan. 23, 2014, at Honda center in Anaheim, CA, the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks staged an epic battle in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 17, 503.

In what was a physical, tight checking game, the Kings grabbed an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Anze Kopitar just 3:13 into the game. The Ducks were outplayed in the period, and the Kings held a 13-4 edge in shots on goal.

The home team came back.

In the second period, Dustin Penner hammered in a power play goal at 13:51. Just a few mins later, with both teams at even strength, Patrick Maroon scored on a wraparound to give his team the lead at 17:53.

Maroon's goal proved to be the game-winner, as the Ducks' went on to post a 2-1 victory, after a scoreless third period.

Final shots on goal, Kings 31, Ducks 21.

This was the Kings' fourth straight loss. The Ducks meanwhile, increased their home record this season, to 21-1-2; the second best home start in NHL history.

The Kings are drifting a bit, the Ducks are flying high, and now comes the first-ever outdoor NHL game in California.

What better setting than historic Dodger stadium, to see the Kings get a rematch and try to even the score against their geographical rivals ?

On Sat, Jan 25, 2014, the puck will drop, and these two teams will go at it under the stadium lights in the beautiful setting which is Chavez ravine.

This will more than likely be a crowd leaning heavily in favor of the hometown L.A. Kings, though Anaheim plays about 30 miles south.

This is not only about the local rivalry, but rather, two teams trying to lay claim to being the best in the Western conference (along with Chicago, of course).

The St Louis Blues may be the darlings of the NHL, but their overall record against the top teams in the Pacific division paints a much different picture.

The Pacific division is the toughest division in the NHL, hands down.

At approx 6:30 pm PT, on saturday, Jan 25, the puck will drop at Dodger stadium.

It should be a good tough physical game, and a most memorable night for all in attendance.

Said Kings' Head coach Darryl Sutter regarding his players,"Well, we're playing in Dodger and playing outdoors, which is something very few players will ever get to do, so you want them to enjoy that part of it for sure, and the experience of it."

Said Ducks' Head coach Bruce Boudreau regarding his players, "They're pretty reserved, but at the same time, I think they're pretty pumped up. Imean I think they're a little nervous being on a National stage, and they want to do well, but I think that comes with the territory."

This is going to be some great stuff.

Ducks forward line combinations vs Kings on Jan 23:

Getzlaf/Perry/Penner

Koivu/Cogliano/Silfverberg

Bonino/Beleskey/Selanne

Perreault/Jackman/Maroon

Ducks defense pairings:

Fowler/Lovejoy

Fistric/Allen

Beauchemin/Lindholm

Kings forward line combinations:

Kopitar/King/Lewis

Richards/Carter/Frattin

Stoll/Brown/Williams

Fraser/Clifford/Nolan

Kings defense pairings:

Doughty/Muzzin

Mitchell/Voynov

Regehr/Martinez

Click here for most recent NHL Power rankings.

*NHL news - The San Jose Sharks announced today (Jan 24) that they signed both Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, to three-year contract extensions.

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