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Kings rally to edge Ducks in OT

Mike Coppinger, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Hockey

ANAHEIM, Calif.--It might only be November, but it felt like springtime at Honda Center.

In the first meeting of the season between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, the Southern California clubs renewed their rivalry in a chippy, physical game that resembled a playoff affair.

And it was the Kings who rallied from a 3-1 deficit on the road with a 4-3 overtime victory on Nick Shore's goal before 16,637 at Honda Center.

"There's really no quit in here," said Kings captain Anze Kopitar, who momentarily exited the contest in the third after concussion spotters ushered him to the locker room. "We're definitely not feeling sorry for ourselves.

"We get down two goals early, but it seemed like there was a sense of calmness on the bench. Nobody panicked. Nobody was running around like a maniac. We kept our cool, kept our composure and started plugging away."

The Kings thought they broke the 3-3 stalemate late in the third, but Drew Doughty was offside. Moments later, another would-be go-ahead goal was nullified when John Gibson's mask fell off. He left the game after he was whacked in the naked head and promptly replaced by Ryan Miller.

The starting goaltender is now in the league's concussion protocol, so Miller could draw his first start at home Thursday when the Ducks host his former team, the Vancouver Canucks.

Anaheim saw a parade of players enter the penalty box (21 penalty minutes), but a beautiful Miller kick save in the waning minutes killed off another penalty and ensured the Ducks escaped with at least a point.

Still, the losing skid was extended to four games in the Ducks' first nationally televised game of the season.

"We need to play within the new rules," Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin said, "but again, the emotions got high in the third and ... we want to play physical at the same time. So we'll take penalties but we want to limit those for sure."

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