LOS ANGELES–Sensory overload was probably an apt description for the latest Kings-Ducks installment.
It didn’t take long for a night dedicated to something standing still – a statue of Los Angeles Kings broadcaster Bob Miller outside Staples Center – to turn into bodies and fists in motion. The teams got re-acquainted Saturday with three fights in the opening three minutes of their game.
For a series always ripe with animosity, it was right on cue. But then the Anaheim Ducks took the emotion out of it when they plugged up center ice and used Ondrej Kase’s two goals and another by Ryan Kesler for a 4-2 win – their first in three tries against the Kings this season.
It happened with the Ducks’ healthiest lineup yet in a sign of an interesting second half. The Ducks pulled to four points behind the Kings in the Pacific Division.
“We’re out of excuses now with the lineup,” Ryan Getzlaf said. “It’s a matter of going for our push now.”
“(The Kings) have been playing great hockey,” Getzlaf said. “They’re a measuring stick for our group. When you’re talking up the road, the division, those things, we’ve got to be able to win these games.”
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