The latest Freeway Faceoff wasn’t even three minutes old when the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings dropped the gloves.
They did it again on the ensuing faceoff — and again on the faceoff after that.
“That’s good hockey right there,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said with a grin.
These rivals know it’s never too early to fight for playoff position, and the Ducks landed the biggest blows in the latest edition of their Southern California feud.
Ondrej Kase had two goals and an assist, John Gibson made 23 saves and the Ducks held on in the third period for their first victory of the season over the Kings, 4-2 Saturday night.
Ryan Kesler scored a power-play goal and Corey Perry added an empty-net goal as the Ducks returned from their bye week with a physical, entertaining performance against the equally rested Kings in the 135th edition of the local derby.
Those three fights in four seconds of clock time energized the sold-out Staples Center crowd, and the combatants’ teammates responded as well. Los Angeles defenseman Kurtis MacDermid and Anaheim enforcer Jared Boll had the first bout, which led to a fight between Andy Andreoff and Kevin Bieksa — and another…