Los Angeles Hockey: Jussi Jokinen

Ducks hit the road on another high note

February, 8, 2012

ANAHEIM -- And then there were eight.

That’s the number of points separating the Ducks from the final playoff spot in the Western Conference following a 3-2 overtime victory Wednesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes at Honda Center, and it just happens to be the number of games Anaheim is facing on its upcoming season-salvaging trip.

The Ducks appeared to receive a nice send-off gift from the officials, who overlooked Corey Perry’s blatant trip on Hurricanes left wing Jussi Jokinen as he carried the puck out from behind his net midway through the five-minute overtime period.

Jokinen’s stumble resulted in a turnover and Perry quickly retrieved the puck. He passed it across ice to defenseman Sheldon Brookbank, who made the wise decision to get the puck back to Perry, the league’s leading scorer last season.

Perry pocketed the one-timer in the Carolina net for the third overtime winner of his career, and afterward certainly didn’t feel bad about the missed call. For the record, Carolina coach Kirk Muller said he was told by officials that Jokinen had tripped on the back of the net. That’s not what many others saw, including an irate Muller and several members of the Ducks.

“We’ve had calls against us all year and maybe that’s a turning point for us,” Perry said.

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Kings: Offense stays cold in 2-1 loss to Canes

February, 4, 2012
Jiri Tlusty, Tuomo RuutuGregg Forwerck/NHLI/Getty ImagesThe Hurricanes celebrate one of their two goals in their victory over the Kings on Saturday.
Carolina Hurricanes 2, Kings 1

Eight keys to the game:

THE FACTS: The offense sputtered again Saturday night at RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C., scoring an early power-play goal during a strong first period but fading away against a team that came in ranked 27th in the league in defense.

THE STAT: The Kings have scored four goals in three games since the All-Star break, and just one during five-on-five play. In four of the last five starts for back-up goalie Jonathan Bernier, the Kings have supported him with one goal or fewer.

TURNING POINT: For some odd reason, the Kings lost track of last season’s rookie of the year, Jeff Skinner, while scrambling in their offensive zone early in the third period. Jussi Jokinen took a shot from the perimeter and Bernier couldn’t control the rebound with Skinner standing unchecked on the doorstep. Before Bernier could cover the puck, Skinner nudged it away, leaving him an open side of the net and he didn't miss, giving his team the lead for good, 2-1.

HOT: Anze Kopitar scored the lone goal for the Kings, taking a pass in the slot from Justin Williams and beating Carolina goalie Cam Ward with a laser one-timer 4:58 into the opening period. The goal gave Kopitar 12 points in the last 15 games.

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