Kings coach Darryl Sutter was understandably unhappy about a high-sticking penalty taken by defenseman Christian Ehrhoff at 6 minutes, 2 seconds of the third period, which led to Joe Pavelski’s tying goal for the San Jose Sharks four seconds later. Said Sutter after the Kings’ 5-3 loss: “Christian has to play the man there, and play the body there, and he was sort of ducking down so they’re going to call it sometimes and sometimes they’re not.”
Key play: Chris Stewart scored the go-ahead goal in a shootout and Frederik Andersen saved Jonathan Huberdeau’s final try as the Ducks rallied for a 3-2 victory Wednesday over the Florida Panthers at the Honda Center. Jakob Silfverberg also scored in the shootout, improving to an NHL-best 16 for 25 in his career.
Pivotal performer: Right wing Corey Perry scored his first goal of the season, a game-tying power-play strike off a rebound with 5.1 seconds remaining in regulation to help the Ducks force the contest to overtime tied at 2-all.
Injury update: Ducks center Rickard Rakell suffered an upper-body injury and played only 4:30 in the first period before he was done for the night. Centers Ryan Getzlaf (appendectomy) and Nate Thompson (shoulder surgery) are already sidelined.
Quote, unquote: “I don’t know what it said (about our team), but it certainly was an important win for us, especially coming from behind, which we hadn’t done all year,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Hopefully, it gives them a little bit more confidence going forward.”
Milestone alert: Jaromir Jagr, the Panthers’ 43-year-old phenom, went into the game needing three goals to catch Marcel Dionne for fourth place on the NHL’s all-time goals list. Dionne had 731 during his Hall of Fame career, spent mostly with the Kings. Jagr had 728.
Up next: The Ducks play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter was direct and to the point when asked about his top line of Milan Lucic, Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik. He cut off a reporter who asked about the three, who combined for a minus-6 defensive rating and four shots on net. Each player was a minus-2. Kopitar had two shots and Lucic and Gaborik one apiece. So, here’s what Sutter had to say about them, “Flat.” That was it. Nothing more. He wasn’t wrong.