ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Mighty Ducks are making even the
difficult wins look easy.
The Ducks trailed twice in the game and needed a four-goal burst
in the final period to overcome another strong performance by Kings
goalie Matheiu Garon.
Garon entered the game with back-to-back 1-0 shutouts as the
Kings moved within two points of the final Western Conference
playoff spot. A 26-save performance in the first two periods
against Anaheim on Tuesday kept the game 2-2 until early in the
Breaking down the left wing during an Anaheim power play,
Selanne moved the puck to Andy McDonald, gathered a pass back from
McDonald and sent a slap shot over Garon with 15:55 to play,
leading the Ducks to their ninth win in 11 games.
The victory moved Anaheim within two points of fourth-place
"We are just playing so well right now, and we have lots of
confidence," said Selanne, whose four-point effort against the
Kings gives him 22 points in his last 10 games. "This team is
unbelievable right now. Every line is doing their job."
The Ducks scored three power-play goals in four chances against
the Kings. Aside from the winner, Selanne had one goal in the first
period and Joffrey Lupul also scored on the power play in the
McDonald assisted on three goals.
"They've got a good team and they play hard," Garon said.
"Selanne has always been on top of us, he's always been playing
great. We made some mistakes and it cost us the game."
"I think three of their power play goals were scored on the
rush, that's not the most common play on the power play, but they
executed it well," said Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom.
The Kings might need to win their final five games to get in the
"For us there is only one way to look at it, we know we have 10
more points available for us out there," said Norstrom. "We put
ourselves in a position where we don't have any other options."
Anaheim has won the last three games between the teams.
The Southern California rivals split the first six games of the
eight-game season series, with Anaheim also getting one point for
losing in a shootout. ... Kings veteran left wing Luc Robitaille
was a healthy scratch for a second consecutive game. ... The teams
will complete the season series in Los Angeles on Saturday. ...
Kings forward Jeff Cowan played in his 300th NHL game.