LOS ANGELES (AP) — Danton Heinen and David Backes scored, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night in the first Freeway Faceoff of the season.
John Gibson made 20 saves and Nicolas Deslauriers had an empty-net goal for the Ducks, who got only their fourth victory of the season in the 152nd edition of this Southern California rivalry.READ MORE: Shooting Involving Law Enforcement In Long Beach Being Investigated
Arthur Kaliyev scored a goal in the 19-year-old’s NHL debut for the Kings, who have lost two straight. Cal Petersen stopped 40 shots in a strong performance for Los Angeles.
One year and one day after the last matchup between these struggling rivals, they picked up right where they left off with a fight between Kurtis MacDermid and Deslauriers off the opening faceoff.
Heinen’s third goal of the season highlighted a dominant opening period by the Ducks, whose slow starts and weak offense have been constants this season.
Backes put the Ducks up 2-0 in the opening minute of the second period with his first goal since Dec. 1, 2019, with Boston.READ MORE: Sempra, SoCalGas To Pay Up To $1.8 Billion Over Aliso Canyon Gas Blowout
Kaliyev’s rebound goal trimmed the lead, but Gibson stopped the Kings’ final 15 shots.
Kaliyev, the Kings’ second-round pick in the 2019 draft, knocked home a rebound of Michael Amadio’s shot in the second period for his first NHL goal. The Uzbekistan-born, Staten Island-raised prospect was promoted this week after playing a starring role for the U.S. team at the World Junior Championships.
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