Game 72: Kings duped by refs but still nab point vs. Ducks

Alexei Ponikarovsky #27 of the Los Angeles Kings attempts a shot on goal against Ray Emery #29 of the Anaheim Ducks during the game at Staples Center on March 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)

Los Angeles Kings left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky, of Ukraine, top center, falls over Anaheim Ducks goalie Ray Emery after he was pushed by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa, of Italy, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Saturday, March 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Game 72: Ducks 2, Kings 1 (OT)


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The Kings may have gotten booed off the ice by the fans on Thursday. Maybe the team should’ve booed the Kings fans in attendance during Saturday’s game against their crosstown rivals, the Ducks.

The reason? It sounded as if there were way more Ducks fans at Staples. Not only that, but the Kings played a lot better than Thursday’s game as well. Fans, if you want to be vocal, be vocal all game. This team is on the cusp of making the playoffs for the second time in two years, yet you are all acting like Canadiens fans. Heckle the team when they play bad, but be sure you support them when they put out a good effort as well. Be consistent, fans.

Like I said before, the Kings came to play Saturday. Problem was, so did the Ducks. Anaheim played like a team with purpose, which is to make the playoffs. Much has been said about how both the Kings and Ducks have never made the playoffs in the same season. And if they do, it’ll be real interesting to see which team’s fans rally around their club more. If Saturday night was any indication, it just might be the Anaheim fans.

The team on the ice played a typical Kings game: outshot their opponents, shut down the other team’s PP unit and fail to score with the man advantage. I keep hoping the Kings will flip that switch and start lighting the lamp on the power play. That’s the only thing that’s missing, in my opinion.

At Staples Center, the Kings are ranked 12th in power play opportunities. But their PP percentage at home is an anemic 15.7, good enough for 25th. Of all places, you’d think the team could score with a man advantage. After all, when most teams have a power play at home, they don’t just have a man advantage, they have two: the extra attacker AND the fans. How just how quiet has it been when the Kings are on the power play? Why do you think they consistantly play the annoying “LET’S MAKE SOME NOOOOOISE”? Represent, Kings fans.

O.K., enough about the fans. The play of the night, in my opinion, was in the second period when Wayne Simmonds goal was negated by the refs because Alexei Ponikarovsky had barrelled into Ducks goaltender Ray Emery. Turns out Ponikarovsky was pushed into the goaltender by Luca Sbisa. Upon further review, the goal should’ve stood, but didn’t. Yet the play wasn’t reviewable. And there’s the rub.

The Kings have to take care of business on the ice, so plays like that don’t decide the game. And the Kings did what they could against the Ducks. But if they are going to replay questionable plays to get them right, replay them all.

They wound up tying the game midway through the third period, when Dustin Brown potted his 23rd goal of the season. For the first time in nine games, the Kings actually topped 30 shots. You’d think a team with four players with 20+ goals would have more (not counting Penner) would be higher, and yet they are ranked 26th.

On the positive, the Kings haven’t allowed a power play goal in nine games as well, killing off 29 consecutive penalties, and are currently have the 4th-best PK unit. I wouldn’t mind dropping  few points in the PK if it meant an increase on the PP. It would certainly make them a deadlier team to face.

Next up are the Flames at Staples on Monday, another team that is fighting for a playoff spot.

• AP: Corey Perry scores in OT, Ducks beat Kings 2-1

Although they’ve never made the playoffs in the same season, (the KIngs and Ducks) both (have) got a great chance this spring—and it just might come down to their next two matchups on the final two days of the regular season.

• LA Times: Ducks defeat the Kings in overtime, 2-1

An apparent goal by Wayne Simmonds at 12:48 of the second period was waved off after referees Dave Jackson and Kyle Rehman ruled Alexei Ponikarovsky had interfered with Emery. In truth, Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa pushed Ponikarovsky into the goalie — but Ponikarovsky got the penalty and the Kings didn’t get a goal they thought they should have had.

• LAKings.com: Point taken as Kings lose to Ducks 2-1 in overtime

In a game that matched its late-season gravity, the Kings and Ducks gave strong efforts for 60 minutes and beyond. Anaheim got the extra point when Corey Perry’s overtime goal gave the Ducks a 2-1 victory before a sellout crowd of 18,118 at STAPLES Center.

• NHL.com: Ducks top Kings 2-1 in overtime

The Ducks pulled into a ninth-place tie with Calgary in the Western Conference standings with 83 points. The clubs meet at Honda Center on Sunday night.

• Orange County Register: Perry, Ducks find way past Kings in OT

Corey Perry brought a sudden end to a glimpse of what a playoff series between the Ducks and Kings might be like if the teams ever met.

Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams, center, collides with Anaheim Ducks goalie Ray Emery, left, after he was tripped by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Saturday, March 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
They said it

“We played exactly how we want to play. If we play like that, more times than not we’ll get the results we want. We get a point, we lose in OT against a team obviously we would like to win against in regulation to put a bigger gap between us. With that being said, I was really proud of the group and the guys and how we responded after the last game.” – Willie Mitchell, on the game.

“I feel like ever since I came here, there’s always been a playoff-like atmosphere every time we’ve played them, no matter what time of the year it was. It’s fun hockey to play but unfortunately it’s not the outcome we wanted.” – Jonathan Quick, on the rivalry with the Ducks.

“From my view, I thought it was a good goal. I see their defenseman pushing Poni [Alexei Ponikarovsky] from behind, so it depends where you are on the ice, I guess, to get a look at it. We all want to protect the goaltenders. They’re vulnerable in there. But that’s the way it goes.” – Coach Terry Murray, on Simmonds’ disallowed goal

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