ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Brian Willsie put Los Angeles in front with 5:06 left, Kyle Calder scored twice and the Kings beat the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks 5-4 Thursday night in the NHL's preseason opener.
The Ducks played at Honda Center for the first time since June 6, when they beat the Ottawa Senators 6-2 in Game 5 of the finals and became the first team from California to win an NHL title. This was the first of seven preseason games they will play in an 11-day span before leaving for London, where they will start the season with a pair of games against the Kings.
Southern California's other team has only four more dress rehearsals against NHL clubs before making a side trip to Salzberg, Austria, for two more exhibition games. After their two-game set with the Ducks in England, the next meeting between the teams will be Nov. 13 in Anaheim.
Dan Cloutier gave up three goals on 10 shots and stopped a short-handed breakaway by Todd Marchant about 6 minutes into the game.
Bryzgalov gave up four goals on 18 shots. Both starting goalies were replaced midway through the second period with the Kings leading 4-3. Backups Jean-Sebatien Aubin and J.P. Levasseur played the rest of the way.
The Ducks and Kings split the eight-game season series in 2006-07, with seven of the games decided by one-goal margins.
With a crowd of 16,973 looking on, Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger was assessed four minor penalties -- one of which resulted in a power-play goal by Moulson that helped the Kings build a 3-1 lead through one period. Gauthier's goal came just 3 seconds after Pronger's hooking penalty expired, and Calder got his second goal 9 seconds after the Ducks killed off Pronger's interference penalty.
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Arena: Honda Center Location: Anaheim, California
Gabe Gauthier Assist: Kevin Dallman, Matt Moulson
Matt Moulson (power play) Assist: Lubomir Visnovsky
Maxim Kondratiev (power play) Assist: Bobby Ryan, Chris Pronger