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Kings rally to edge Ducks in OT

Mike Coppinger, Los Angeles Times on

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Emotions ran high from the opening puck drop. Corey Perry scrapped with Jonathan Quick in a second-period fracas. Ondrej Kase left the game in the first period (upper-body injury) and didn't return after absorbing an impactful open-ice hit from Kurtis MacDermid, who was ejected for blatant interference.

The Ducks didn't capitalize on the five-minute power play, nor the four-minute man-advantage later in the game. They didn't convert on any such chance (11:05 in power-play time) as the No. 30-ranked unit continues to falter.

The big hits continued, with Kings defenseman Alec Martinez absorbing two such checks in the span of seconds from two different Ducks, and then a few shifts later, a nasty hit along the bench sent him to the locker room (he later returned).

The Kings continued to chase and aggressively press on the forecheck, and found goals from rookie Adrian Kempe and Dustin Brown (power play) to tie it up. Then in the extra period, it was Shore who sealed the game and earned the Kings a league-best 26th overtime win since the three-on-three format was introduced in 2015.

"The penalty kill was really taxed with the five-minute major and the four-minute (minor), but at the end of the day, I thought our PK did a really good job and I thought our power play scored a huge goal," Kings coach John Stevens said. "Certainly gratifying that the guys just stuck with it. There's lots of times where we could have thought that it wasn't our night."

It's been the Kings' night most times this season. They're now only one point (11-2-2, 24 points) behind the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues.

Sooner or later, it might be the injury-riddled Ducks' night, who fall to 6-6-3. But not this evening, though with a physical effort in a playoff-type atmosphere, it could be the springboard they're looking for.

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Marian Gaborik (knee) skated with the Kings at the morning skate, but there remains no timetable for his return. "The next step for him will be to get his timing back," Stevens said. "Once he gets his timing back, it will be a contact situation. He's progressing."

(Coppinger is a special correspondent)

(Staff writer Curtis Zupke contributed to this report.)

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