Kings double up Ducks despite losing goalie

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Viktor Arvidsson scored twice while Kevin Fiala tallied once in a three-point game to lead the visiting Los Angeles Kings to a third consecutive victory, a 6-3 decision against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

Blake Lizotte and Anze Kopitar each collected one goal and one assist, while Adrian Kempe added a goal for the Kings. Starting goaltender Pheonix Copley stopped 16 of 17 shots before he was ejected with 23.3 seconds remaining in the second period for punching with his blocker during a dustup. Jonathan Quick made eight saves while recording the win.

Frank Vatrano collected one goal and one assist, while Kevin Shattenkirk and Mason McTavish also scored for the Ducks, who have lost four straight and sit at the bottom of the Pacific Division. Cam Fowler logged two assists, and goalie John Gibson made 35 saves.

The Kings dominated from the drop of the puck and were rewarded at the 14:22 mark with Lizotte’s first goal in 20 games, a deflection of Alex Iafallo’s shot.

Shattenkirk tied the game with a long point shot that found the mark through the screen at 5:52 of the second period, his second of the season and second in as many outings.

Arvidsson’s exciting tally restored the Los Angeles lead at 12:56 of the middle frame. After he blocked a shot in his own zone, Arvidsson raced up ice and completed a give-and-go with Trevor Moore with a one-timer from the left circle.

Kempe then made it a 3-1 count with 2:07 remaining in the second period on a power play. He set up in the right circle, and upon taking a cross-ice pass, wristed a far-side shot for his 28th of the season.

During his team’s five-minute advantage for Copley’s infraction, McTavish made it a one-goal game with a one-timer from the right dot at 2:28 of the third period for his 12th goal of the season.

Kopitar replied with a power-play goal of his own midway through the third period for his 17th of the season to again make it a two-goal game.

Vatrano’s rebound goal, his 14th of the season with 6:50 remaining in regulation, again made it a one-goal game.

But Arvidsson notched his 16th of the season with his team’s third power-play goal a couple of minutes later and then Fiala collected his 19th of the season with an empty-netter to round out the scoring.

–Field Level Media

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