Ducks defense defeats Kings

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, left, and goalie Erik Ersberg, center, of Sweden, watch a rebound go to the stick of Anaheim Ducks left wing Chris Kunitz in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009.
Game 28: Ducks 3, Kings 1

Thanks to getting the podcast out last night, I'll be writing my analysis of the game laster this afternoon. Until then...

• AP:  Hiller, Pahlsson help Ducks beat Kings 3-1
“Against L.A., you have to play with a lot of patience because they just wait until you make a mistake and lose the puck,” Hiller said. “I don’t think they had a lot of offensive zone time tonight, so we played pretty well.”
• LA Times:  Ducks make some changes and beat rival Kings, 3-1
"We're in a situation as the L.A. Kings where we need to win games right now," he said. "We're kind of staying close to the pack, but we've got to get some wins under our belt, and the composure and dealing with the moment is a lesson we have to take away from this.
• Daily News: Kings not on par with Ducks in loss
"I've never had that low shots against," said Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, who needed only 17 saves for his third straight win. "(The Kings) didn't have good scoring chances at all."
• Yahoo: Team Report
Defense has been a strength for the Kings this season, but defense can only carry a team so far. Tied 1-1 heading into the third period, the Kings didn’t record a shot until less than seven minutes remained. In between, they took devastating back-to-back penalties, and the Ducks took advantage with a power-play goal 9:46 into the third period. The Kings had some solid scoring chances in the second period but finished the game with only 18 shots on goal.
They said it
“We played an OK game. I played an OK game. But it’s not enough. We have to find a way to win these close games. We keep losing these games, so we have to do something about it. If I knew (how), we would have won every game. I don’t think there’s any secret. We just have to keep working hard.”—Kings goalie Erik Ersberg.
Looking through purple-hued goggles

• The Royal Half: Shoot the glass!
The only thing worse than losing a game on an obscure penalty is having to watch it unfold on the Ducks broadcast on FSW Prime Ticket. Now, I grew up during the heyday of Prime Ticket in Los Angeles, so this "re-branding" of Prime Ticket for FSW will never be the same to me. I had the Center Ice package for a few years before giving up on it this season and if I learned anything from watching NHL hockey around the country it's that Ducks broadcasters John Ahlers and Brian Hayward could quite possibly be the worst announcing team in the NHL.
• A Queen Among Kings: C'mon Really?
This was Erik Ersberg's first game back in net after recovering from a slight groin injury. He looked like his old self, which is exactly what I was hoping for. He was setting himself solidly in front of pucks and moving well in the paint. At the same time, there were some rebounds that were getting away from him, but all-in-all, not too bad. The two goals against him were both on the PP and the defenders were looking a bit off around Ersberg.
• Purple Crushed Velvet:  Kings 1, Ducks 3

From the other side of the ice: the Anaheim View

• Orange County Register: Ducks' defense limits Kings to 18 shots in victory

• Press-Enterprise: Ducks power past Kings, 3-1

• On the Pond: Ducks Continue to Dominate Kings, 3-1

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• Four Kings Prospects Win Medals At World Junior Championship

• The Fabulous Forum: Kings' Lombardi kept an eye on the kids

Peeping the dailies


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