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After nine rounds of a shootout, the Los Angeles Kings left winger Dwight King had enough and knocked the game winning goal over the Anaheim Ducks.

The Kings picked up three points in the standings in the 3-2 victory on Tuesday night at Honda Center.

Kings goalie Martin Jones made his NHL debut with 26 saves and a flawless shootout performance against the rival Ducks. Martin replaces goalie Jonathan Quick who is out due to a groin injury. Ben Scrivens originally replaced Quick for the past 10 games for the Kings.

"Obviously, the shooters are a little bit of a higher level up here. But I just wanted to stay patient and stick with what I've been doing down in the AHL," said Martin.

Jeff Carter scored the uncontested goal in the second period that gave the Kings the early 1-0 lead, after a defensive battle in the first period between the two teams.

The Ducks Ryan Getzlaf scored a timely goal, and tied the game just a minute after the Kings scored.

Corey Perry who already had an assist, would also score the power play goal in the third period, with an assist from former King Dustin Penner.

Dustin Brown scored off of the face off that helped the Kings force overtime.

Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller was sensational with 49 saves on the night suffocating the Kings attempts on goal.

Duck coach Bruce Bordeau spoke highly of Hiller's performance. "He was the reason we got a point tonight. When you have the opportunity on your stick, whether you deserve to win the game or not, you've got to put it away."

Both the Ducks and Kings are serious contenders to make a run at the Stanley Cup this year, and the Freeway Face Off Rivalry will only intensify this season. The two teams will meet at Dodger Stadium as part of the NHL's Stadium Series on January 25th.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter was also thoroughly impressed with his young goalie, "he's a pretty poised guy when you watch him. Hopefully this is something he can build on. Good to see him play and get his first win."

The Kings will return to Staples Center to face the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

The Ducks will travel to Chicago for a Friday night game against the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.



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