Ducks Beat Kings To Clinch Playoff Spot

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The Kings and the Ducks both wrapped up season-opening games in Europe.

The Kings and the Ducks both wrapped up season-opening games in Europe.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Teemu Selanne scored his second goal of the game with 14:06 left in the third period, Dan Ellis made 23 saves in place of the injured Ray Emery, and the Anaheim Ducks clinched a playoff spot Friday night with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings — marking the first time that both Southern California teams will be in the playoffs in the same year.

It was Ellis’ 10th start for the Ducks and first since March 20, when he stopped 37 shots in a 5-4 overtime win over Calgary. The four-year veteran was obtained from Tampa Bay in a trade Feb. 24 and started the Ducks’ next eight games in the wake of Jonas Hiller’s bout with vertigo, then lost the No. 1 job to Emery.

Ryan Smith scored his 22nd goal and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves for the Kings, who earned their second straight postseason berth Wednesday night with a 3-2 shootout win over Phoenix.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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