ANAHEIM, Calif. – Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, Vincent Lecavalier added a power-play goal and the Los Angeles Kings opened the Freeway Faceoff rivalry series for the season with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.
Tyler Toffoli scored and Jonathan Quick made 30 saves for the Kings, who beat their Southern California archrivals in regulation for the first time in 11 regular-season meetings.
David Perron scored in his first game with Anaheim, but the Ducks lost in regulation for just the third time in 11 games since Christmas. Rickard Rakell also scored, and John Gibson stopped 23 shots in a duel of All-Star goalies.
The Kings and Ducks didn't meet until the 44th game of their respective seasons, but they'll face off four more times before the postseason.