Key play: Corey Perry scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period to complete a hat trick and the Ducks went on to take a 4-2 victory Sunday from the Kings in a Freeway Series showdown at the Honda Center. The Ducks won their eighth consecutive, ending the Kings’ four-game streak.
Pivotal performer: Perry scored a goal in the first, second and third periods for his 24th, 25th and 26th goals of the season. It was the ninth career hat trick for the former 50-goal scorer and his first since Jan. 14, 2015 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Quote, unquote: “It’s a game where we took too many penalties,” Kings center Anze Kopitar said after they gave up three power-play goals, tying a season high. “We’ve definitely got to be sharper on the penalty-kill. Our game, overall, has to be better if we want to beat this team.”
Streaking captain: Center Ryan Getzlaf’s first-period assist on Corey Perry’s power-play goal gave him points in 11 consecutive games. The Ducks’ captain has five goals and 11 assists during his streak, the longest active one in the NHL.
Between the pipes: John Gibson started in goal for the Ducks after Frederik Andersen was in net for victories over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday and Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday. Jonathan Quick returned to the Kings’ net after Jhonas Enroth blanked the Sabres on Saturday.
Injury update: The Kings placed forward Jordan Nolan on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. Nolan has five points, all assists, in 52 games. He has been sidelined for five games. He was skating with his teammates until late last week.
Roster move: The Kings reportedly moved winger Marian Gaborik to the long-term injured reserve list in order to free salary cap space to acquire Kris Versteeg from the Carolina Hurricanes. Gaborik was expected to be sidelined by a knee injury until the playoff begin in April.