Scoring was abundant in Saturday's matchup between the southern California rivals of the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks, in which the latter of the two teams came out with a 7-4 victory. The game remained close over the first 40 minutes, until the Ducks pulled away with two unanswered goals in the final period, ending the Kings' four game point streak. Ducks forward Nick Bonino recorded his first career NHL hat trick, including a power play goal with 11:21 remaining that gave the Ducks a commanding two-goal lead.
Bonino opened play with two quick goals in the first 5:49 of the game, putting the Kings in an immediate hole to start the game. The Kings would dig themselves out of that hole though, scoring two unanswered goals of their own in the first period just 34 seconds apart. The second of Bonino's two opening period goals chased Kings starting goaltender Jonathan Quick from the game, giving backup goalie Jonathan Bernier his first opportunity in net this season.
Kings' captain Dustin Brown netted the first of his two power play goals on the night at the 10:45 mark, and forward Jarret Stoll tied the game at two just moments later with his first goal of the season. Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf broke the tie less than four minutes later with his third goal of the season, giving his team a 3-2 lead heading into the first intermission.
The Kings would keep themselves close with goals from Dustin Brown, his second power play goal of the night, and Justin Williams, but the Ducks maintained a one-goal advantage going into the third after Sheldon Souray and Kyle Palmieri scored to give Anaheim a 5-4 edge.
The third period was all Ducks. Bonino completed his hat trick 8:39 into the final frame, and 42-year old Teemu Selanne scored an empty net goal for his team-leading ninth point of the season, giving the Ducks a 7-4 win once the final buzzer sounded.
The game was wide open and high scoring, which resulted in back and forth action, much to the delight of a boisterous Honda Center crowd. The short freeway drive between the two teams will forever generate a lively and energetic atmosphere.
The Ducks would get the last laugh on Saturday, which improved their record to 5-1-1. The Kings dropped to 2-3-2, and will play next in Columbus against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday at 4 PM PST.
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