LOS ANGELES – Here’s what you need to know about the Ducks’ 4-1 loss to the Kings on Saturday afternoon:
THE GAME IN 140 OR LESS
– The Ducks were on their way to a third shutout in four meetings against the Kings until “That 70s Line” went off in a stirring third period.
– “It was exciting for everybody. Players, coaches, fans, it was fun to see. He’s an emotional leader in a lot of ways for our hockey club. It’s good to have him back in the room.” – Kings coach Darryl Sutter, on goalie Jonathan Quick
– Jonathan Quick. You can look at Tyler Toffoli starting the Kings’ third-period outburst with two goals or Tanner Pearson getting three assists in doing much of their grunt work. But it was the return of Quick that provided the initial spark. The Kings feed off their fierce battle-minded goalie and while he didn’t need to be extraordinary, Quick made the saves that were needed to be made to keep his team close. Peter Budaj did a highly respectable job while Quick was sidelined and is one reason the Kings have stayed within range of the playoffs. But there is an intimidation factor that Quick still brings. He may not be the Conn Smythe Trophy winner he was in 2012 or even be the 2014 version but he can still change the way shooters attack him.
– As the Ducks’ Sami Vatanen got trapped up ice, Jeff Carter walked around Rickard Rakell and took off up the ice with Tyler Toffoli on an odd-man rush against Cam Fowler. Fowler went to the ice to try to stop a pass but Carter expertly put the puck underneath the defenseman’s legs to Toffoli, who punched it in for his second goal of the period and a 2-1 lead.
– Four goals allowed in a single period are bad no matter how it happens. Four goals allowed to your rival in the third period of a game you once led is worse. It is a bad look for the Ducks, letting a 1-0 lead get away in that manner to the Kings. So they continue to be a mixed bag…