Kings 3, Ducks 2
The good: Welcome to L.A. Jeff Carter! It took 11 periods for Carter to get adjusted to his new surroundings, but he arrived in a big way in the second period, scoring two goals to give the Kings a much-needed lead heading into the third. We wrote in the game preview that we thought Carter might notch his first goal in a Kings’ uniform while on the power play and that’s exactly what happened. The power play has been on fire lately and Carter has been awarded a prime spot on the first unit. Carter was in the right spot to pounce on another rebound in front of the net and flicked it past Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller just 2:39 into the period for L.A.’s second power-play goal in as many opportunities. Carter then showed what he can do in the slot, taking a pass from good buddy Mike Richards and hitting the corner of the net with 6:07 left in the period for a 3-1 lead.
The bad: In between Carter’s goals, the Kings had a 5-on-3 for 62 seconds but were unable to take advantage. That didn’t seem like such a big deal after Carter’s second goals, but 13 after he gave the Kings a two-goal lead, the Ducks struck back. Rookie forward Devonte Smith-Pelly skated down the right side and sent a seemingly harmless shot toward Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. The puck ended up sliding right through Quick’s pads while Carter’s goal was still being announced over the public-address system. Talk about a momentum killer.
The in between: The Kings seem to be more interested in the quality of shots vs. the quantity. After scoring four goals on a season-low 16 shots on goal Tuesday in Minnesota, the Kings have just 12 shots on net against the Ducks, but have converted on three … The most un-telling stat of the game? Kings winger Dustin Brown has no hits and is minus-2, but is actually playing a great game … The Blue Jackets knocked off the Coyotes, the Penguins beat the Avalanche and the Sharks are losing to the Blues, all of which is good news for both the Kings and Ducks ... the Kings are 20-6-2 when scoring a power-play goal this season.