It’s what exciting hockey games are known to be, through the mixed cheers in the standing-room-only crowd of over 17,000 at the Honda Center, Los Angeles Kings forward Dwight King put a goal past the Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller in the ninth round of the shootout before Kings goaltender Martin Jones, making his NHL debut, stopped Mathieu Perreault to give the Kings a 3-2 shootout victory on Tuesday.
The day started off with the unveiling of both teams Stadium Series Jerseys, and the game having as many rises and declines as it did in typical Kings vs. Ducks rivalry fashion, set more excitement for the upcoming game on January 25, 2014 at Dodgers Stadium.
The Kings out-shot the Ducks 51-28, a season high and were 0/5 in power plays; the Ducks were 1/6.
Kings rookie Jones, 23, was called up from the Manchester Monarchs when starting goaltender Jonathan Quick became injured on November 12 (Ben Scrivens has started in all games since), got his first NHL start, NHL game, shootout, and most importantly win, as the linesman brought him the puck after the ninth round in the shootout and his teammates surrounded him with embraces for his well-earned success.
He found out after last night’s game against the St. Louis Blues that he would be starting against the Ducks and told lakingsinsider.com’s Jon Rosen about stopping nine shooters. “You know what? I was just trying to stay patient with those shooters. I was fortunate a couple of guys missed the net, and I made a couple saves. I wasn’t focusing on nine straight saves. I was just taking each one at a time. It worked out for us.”
At 2:14 in the third period, Corey Perry scored on a power play to put the Ducks ahead, and at 5:43 Kings captain Dustin Brown answered with a wrist shot assisted by Jarret Stoll. That goal marked the captains 186th career goal tying him with Jim Fox in ninth place in club history.
At the end of the third the game remained a tie at 2-2, and the overtime was scoreless, even when the Ducks had a two man advantage, and the Kings Jake Muzzin missed a opportunity on a 4-on 3, sending the game to a shootout.
For the Kings the nine shooters were Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Justin Williams, Drew Doughty, Jarret Stoll, Dustin Brown, Matt Frattin and Dwight King (only goal). The most rounds in a shootout in club history is 10.
The shooters for the Ducks were Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Nick Bonino, Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne, Dustin Penner, Kyle Palmieri, Matt Beleskey, and Mathieu Perreault, some of the top goal scorers all denied by Jones.
The Kings and Ducks will meet again on January 23, 2014, before their Stadium Series game on January 25, 2014.
The next Kings game is against the New York Islanders, December 7, at STAPLES Center, 7:30 p.m. The game on Saturday will be the second Legends Night of the season, honoring Larry Murphy.
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