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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Ryan Kesler netted two third-period goals and scored again in the shootout, leading the Anaheim Ducks past the Los Angeles Kings 6-5 on Wednesday night in the first Freeway Faceoff of the season.
Ryan Getzlaf scored the tying goal with 1:39 left in regulation as Anaheim survived a dramatic finish to the Southern California rivals' first meeting since the Kings beat the Ducks in seven grueling second-round playoff games last spring.
Marian Gaborik and Justin Williams scored third-period goals for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who blew a two-goal lead in the final six minutes of regulation.
Jakob Silfverberg scored his first goal of the season before putting a shootout goal past Jonathan Quick, who stopped 44 shots for Los Angeles.