Might there be a rivalry here?
The Kings and the Ducks actually battled like edgy neighbors Monday night at Staples Center. The teams were each sizzling going into the game, adding spice to a matchup that so often in the past yielded more smoke than fire, more talk than deeds.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Kings rallied for a 5-2 victory over the Ducks, playing a game that had a sellout crowd of 18,118 roaring for more. There was no score after one period and the teams each scored twice in the second, setting the stage for a compelling final period.
The Kings responded with third-period goals from defensemen Slava Voynov and Jake Muzzin (power play) and Jeff Carter (empty net) to put an end to the Ducks’ six-game winning streak. The Kings also handed Ducks goaltender Viktor Fasth his first NHL loss after eight consecutive wins.