Here’s last night’s quick recap … delayed by technical difficulties:
The Kings weathered an opening onslaught, thanks to the superb play of goaltender Jonathan Quick, and then wrestled a 2-1 victory from the Ducks on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Anze Kopitar broke a 1-all tie with a goal 3 minutes, 41 seconds into the third period.
The Ducks took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal from rookie defenseman Hampus Lindholm and outshot the Kings by 15-7 in the first period. Seven of the Ducks’ shots came while on an abbreviated 4-on-3 power play.
Quick made several quality saves or the Ducks’ might have led by more than just a goal. Having turned away the Ducks again and again, the Kings began to take control in the second period. They tied the score on Justin Williams’ power-play goal late in the middle period.
Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy’s giveaway along the boards led to the go-ahead goal by Kopitar. Williams picked off the pass, fed the puck to Kopitar, who slipped it to Dwight King. Kopitar then outskated Lovejoy to the front of the net, accepted a return pass from King and scored.
The Kings conclude their exhibition schedule with games Friday against the New York Rangers and Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche. Both games are at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. They open the regular season Oct. 3 at Minnesota.