LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ondrej Kase had two objectives and an help, John Gibson made 23 saves and the Anaheim Geese held off the Los Angeles Kings within the third interval for his or her first victory of the season within the Freeway Faceoff rivalry, four-2 Saturday night time.
Ryan Kesler scored an influence-play objective and Corey Perry added an empty-internet aim because the Geese returned from their bye week with a bodily, entertaining victory over the equally rested Kings within the one hundred and thirty fifth version of the native derby.
Nick Shore and captain Anze Kopitar scored within the third interval for Los Angeles, however the Geese held on to win after dropping each of their first two matchups with the Kings this season in additional time.
Kase had an impressive return from a 3-recreation absence earlier than the bye because of the flu. The Czech ahead scored within the first and third durations of the primary three-level recreation of his NHL profession.
Jonathan Fast stopped 18 photographs for the Kings, who’ve misplaced three straight. Second-place Los Angeles additionally missed the prospect to realize floor on the Pacific Division-main Vegas Golden Knights, who misplaced to Edmonton in additional time.
Each groups entered the showdown with maybe a surplus of emotion, though that’s no shock. The golf equipment engaged in three fights throughout 4 seconds of clock time through the third minute of the primary interval.
The Geese took the lead when Kase slipped an extended wrist shot previous Fast’s brief aspect simply 6:14 in.
Kesler then capitalized on an influence play, firing the puck previous Fast’s glove hand for his second aim in his seven-recreation season. The veteran two-method middle missed Anaheim’s first 37 video games whereas recovering from offseason hip surgical procedure, returning proper after Christmas.
Kase made it three-zero early within the third after a heady play by Nick Ritchie, who adopted Fast behind the web and stole the goalie’s clearing try. Ritchie got here out with the puck and made a move to Kase earlier than Fast might get again within the crease.
Kase’s objective was his fifth in his final seven video games.
Shore ended Gibson’s shutout bid with eleven:28 to play when his imprecise shot off Christian Folin’s move one way or the other discovered the opening between Gibson and the close to publish. Shore ended a 27-recreation objective drought since Nov. 7.
Kopitar then scored on a one-timer from the slot with 6:14 to play, pulling even with Tyler Toffoli for the workforce lead together with his 18th aim.
Perry ended it with a exceptional empty-internet objective from the far faceoff circle.
NOTES: Earlier than the sport, the Kings honored longtime announcer Bob Miller with a statue in Star Plaza outdoors Staples Middle and a banner within the rafters. Miller was the voice of the Kings from 1973 till his retirement final summer time. … With Kase again from damage and Jared Boll within the lineup for a bodily recreation, Anaheim scratched forwards Logan Shaw and Derek Grant. Shaw sat out for less than the second time within the Geese’ forty five video games, and Grant was scratched for less than the third time all season. … Kings D Jake Muzzin sat out once more with an higher-physique damage incurred Jan. eight towards Calgary….