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Kings beat Ducks 5-3, complete 2-game sweep

By Greg Beacham
AP Sports Writer / November 18, 2011

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ANAHEIM, Calif.—Anze Kopitar scored the tiebreaking goal on his own rebound with 3:01 to play, and the Los Angeles Kings blew a two-goal lead in the final minutes of the third period before rallying to beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 Thursday night for back-to-back victories in the Freeway Faceoff.

After Andrew Cogliano tied it for Anaheim on his second goal with 6:25 left, Kopitar capitalized on a defensive breakdown and circled the net before forcing the puck underneath Ducks backup goalie Dan Ellis, who made 31 saves.

Mike Richards added his second goal of the night on a short-handed, empty-netter with 1:38 to play for the Kings, who have won four of five after a five-game skid.

Jonathan Quick stopped 35 shots to beat Anaheim for the second straight night, and Simon Gagne scored a short-handed goal in the second period for the Kings. Rookie Slava Voynov also scored for Los Angeles, which beat Anaheim 2-1 in a shootout Wednesday night.

Corey Perry scored a third-period goal for the struggling Ducks, who have lost 12 of 14.

After Anaheim scored a late goal to force overtime at Staples Center one night earlier, the Ducks again tied it late on Cogliano's redirection of Luca Sbisa's shot. Kopitar responded with his team-leading ninth goal before Richards easily scored during 6-on-4 play with 1:38 left.

The Kings got an offensive boost from Richards, who has five goals in five games with his new club, including the Kings' only regulation score against the Ducks on Wednesday. Voynov, Kopitar and Gagne each had a goal and an assist.

The Kings went ahead late in the second period when a power-play turnover left Gagne skating alone on a breakaway. He buried a shot behind Ellis for his seventh goal in 17 games with his new club, including three in five games.

Voynov then easily converted Gagne's clever setup pass early in the third period for his third goal in seven games with the Kings. The Russian defenseman is angling for a permanent spot on the Kings' blue line while Alec Martinez is out with an injury.

But Perry trimmed the Kings' lead with 11:36 to play when his rebound popped into the air and underneath Quick while Perry charged the net. Last season's league MVP has seven goals in 19 games after leading the NHL with 50 goals last season.

Cogliano's second goal doubled his total in the first 18 games of his first season with the Ducks.

NOTES: New Anaheim LW Niklas Hagman got his American work visa earlier Thursday and immediately joined the lineup, playing more than 10 minutes. The Ducks claimed the three-time Finnish Olympian off waivers from Calgary last week. ... A snap shot by Justin Williams hit Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler in the head late in the second period, but Fowler was OK after spending a moment face-down on the ice. ... The start of the third period was delayed for about 17 minutes while the arena lights were repaired. The teams skated and stretched during the interim.

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