The Kings didn’t look like a team that played Saturday, when they defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-1, finding reserves of energy late in Sunday’s game against the Ducks that enabled them to rally from a 3-2 deficit in the closing minutes of regulation.
Dustin Brown swatted home a free puck to tie the score at 3-all, one of 16 shots the Kings fired at goaltender Viktor Fasth in the third period. The Ducks went ahead on Matt Beleskey’s power-play goal early in the third, but had only five shots in the period.
“Played good, came in here and played hard, scored three goals and gave yourself a chance to win,” coach Darryl Sutter said after the Kings (22-13-4, fourth place in the Western Conference) rallied three times to force the game to overtime and a shootout.
The teams traded goals in the early going, with Drew Doughty of the Kings countering Kyle Palmieri’s goal for the Ducks and Jeff Carter answering Corey Perry’s strike for the Ducks, setting up a third Kings rally in the third period.
In the shootout, the Kings got only Carter’s goal against Fasth. Bobby Ryan, Saku Koivu and Perry scored for the Ducks against Jonathan Bernier. The teams play for the fourth and final time of the regular season Saturday at Staples Center.