LOS ANGELES (AP) — Saku Koivu scored the tying goal on a power play with 1:32 left in the third period and netted the only goal of the shootout, leading the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Jarret Stoll of the Kings went off for hooking Corey Perry with 2:13 left in regulation, and the Ducks capitalized with Koivu's 19th goal on a rebound during a goalmouth scramble. Curtis McElhinney, getting his fifth straight start because of Jonas Hiller's back spasms, made 29 saves before stopping Anze Kopitar, Jack Johnson and Dustin Brown in the tiebreaker.
Brown scored the Kings' goal during a power play in the first period and Jonathan Quick made 32 saves. He stopped Perry and Teemu Selanne in the shootout before Koivu beat him to the stick side after faking a backhander.
The Ducks are four points out of a playoff spot with four games left. The Southern California rivals have never made the postseason in the same year. The Kings have won three of the five meetings this season, with the last one coming up on Tuesday at Anaheim.
Quick, who sat out the previous two games to work on his form after a four-game stretch in which he was 0-3 with a 3.99 goals-against average, allowed fewer than three goals for the first time in six starts since beating the Islanders 1-0 on March 20.
The Kings capitalized on Perry's tripping penalty when Johnson's slap shot from just inside the blue line deflected off the stick of Anaheim's Troy Bodie and fluttered over McElhinney's left shoulder with Alexander Frolov screening him.
The Kings lost for the first time this season when leading after two periods (29-0-1). They had won 32 straight under those circumstances since April 4, 2009.
NOTES: Ducks D James Wisniewski returned to the lineup after serving an eight-game suspension for a hit that knocked ex-Blackhawks teammate Brent Seabrook out of a game in Anaheim on March 17. ... Kings LW Raitis Ivanans was a healthy scratch in the previous eight games and 13 of 15. ... Quick's next game will make him the first Kings goalie to play in at least 70 since 2001-02, when Felix Potvin made 71 appearances. ... Anaheim had 30 or more shots for the 15th time in 17 games. ... The Ducks had one more point in March than the Kings (15-14) despite playing one fewer game. ... The only time the Kings shut out the Ducks was on April 14, 2002.