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Get your game notes: Ducks at Kings

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Los Angeles Kings hosting the Anaheim Ducks at 9:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• After the road team won each of the previous four games in this series, the Anaheim Ducks won Game 5 at home Monday, taking a three-to-two series lead. The Ducks are now one win away from reaching their first Conference Final since they won the Stanley Cup in 2006-07. The Kings are in the midst of their second three-game losing streak this postseason after starting the playoffs with three straight losses. Sandwiched in between their losing streaks was a six-game winning streak.

• Ducks goaltender John Gibson stopped 39 of Los Angeles’ 42 shots to earn his second consecutive playoff victory, becoming the second rookie goalie to win multiple games for the Ducks this postseason after Frederik Andersen won three games in the First Round against the Stars. Anaheim is the first NHL team to have more than one rookie goaltender to record at least two victories in a single playoff year. Gibson, the 20-year-old American goalie, now has a 1.50 GAA and .957 save% this postseason. (Elias Sports Bureau.)

• The Kings outshot the Ducks for the third game in a row, and fourth in the series, yet came away with their third consecutive loss. Over the past three games, the Kings have outshot the Ducks by an average of nearly 14 shots per game (13.67 shots/game). On Monday, Los Angeles outshot Anaheim 42-24 (+18), including a 14-2 differential in the third period.

• Ducks forward Devante Smith-Pelly scored twice Monday, raising his playoff total to five. The 2010 second round pick has more than quadrupled his goal-scoring rate from the regular season this postseason and currently leads Anaheim in goals in the playoffs. Both Smith-Pelly and Gibson spent most of the season with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, who are down 3-2 to the St. John’s IceCaps in the AHL Eastern Conference Semifinals. “Norfolk’s not happy,” Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said jokingly Monday. “Those guys have come up and all of them played such big roles … the youth is really carrying us right now. They’re solid NHL players.”

Smith-Pelly this season: 2013-14 regular season: 2 goals in 19 games (.11 goals/game)

2013-14 postseason: 5 goals in 10 games (.5 goals/game)

• Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick helped the Kings stave off elimination in the first round, guiding them to four consecutive victories against the San Jose Sharks. In his career, Quick is 6-3 in elimination games, including a 4-0 mark this postseason.

Quick in Elimination Games This Postseason
Record: 4-0
GAA: 1.25
Save percentage: .963

• Kings forward Marian Gaborik scored Los Angeles’ final two goals in Game 5, increasing his playoff-leading tally to eight. The 32-year-old is one goal away from matching his playoff career high from his first trip to the playoffs in 2002-03, when he netted nine with the Minnesota Wild.

• Both teams were 1 for 3 on the power play in Game 5. Anaheim has scored the most power play goals this postseason (12) and has the best scoring rate among the remaining teams (28.6%). In their last seven games, the Ducks are 10 for 26 on the power play (38.4%) and have scored a power play goal in each of the last four games.

Talk about a Wild comeback for Minnesota

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The Minnesota Wild took back sole possession of the lead in the Central Division, thanks to a thrilling comeback win over the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

Minnesota trailed 3-1 early in the second period. Jason Zucker closed the deficit in the middle period, before they took the lead for good thanks to a frenzy of three goals from Erik Haula, Ryan Suter and Zucker in 1:59 late in regulation for a 5-3 victory.

“When we came in in between the second and third, knowing we were only down a goal, and knowing our history, we didn’t think we were out of it,” said coach Bruce Boudreau, per the Pioneer Press.

And so the Wild remain one of the hottest teams in the league, leading Chicago by two points.

While it’s a comeback for them, the Ducks don’t quite see it the same way.

“It’s not what they did, to be honest. We self-imploded. Gave up too many opportunities, left our goalie out to dry,” said Cam Fowler.

Additional bad news for the Ducks, however, was that goalie John Gibson left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury, and didn’t return.

 

Bust a move: Capitals win includes unlikely OT hero and dad’s dancing in Dallas

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The usual suspects contributed for the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Down a pair of goals entering the third period, Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie helped ignite the comeback on the power play.

But then an unlikely hero emerged.

Jay Beagle scored his 10th goal of the season and the overtime winner to give Washington a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars. That aforementioned goal total matches his previous career high from two seasons ago.

He initially accomplished the feat over the course of 62 games. This time, he hits 10 goals in 46 games played.

Officials needed to review the play, although replays quickly showed the puck over the line from the Beagle shot in the slot.

The comeback win led to a memorable post-game celebration.

Disclaimer: Don’t try this at home.

The Capitals maintain their lead in the Metropolitan Division ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

This game versus the Stars included some feisty moments, particularly in the first period when tempers boiled over. Tom Wilson and Brett Ritchie dropped the gloves for a lengthy fight. Three seconds later, Daniel Winnik fought Antoine Roussel.

Ducks goalie Gibson leaves game versus Wild with upper-body injury

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 01:  Goaltender John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Ducks in action during the preseason NHL game against Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on October 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Anaheim goaltender John Gibson has left Saturday’s game against Minnesota with an upper-body injury.

A short-angle shot from Mikko Koivu appeared to hit Gibson in the upper chest with 5:39 to play in the first period. The goaltender immediately went down on one knee and was quickly attended to by a trainer. Gibson gingerly skated to the bench and went straight to the locker room.

Anaheim announced that Gibson is doubtful to return.

Gibson is 7-1-1 with two shutouts in his past nine starts. He was replaced by Jonathan Bernier.

Gibson stopped four of five shots he faced while making his fourth straight start.

Playoff hopes take a jolt: Coyotes crush Bishop and the Bolts

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning tends net against the New York Islanders during the second period at the Barclays Center on November 1, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Of the surprises in the NHL so far this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning has to be right up there on the list.

In 2015, they went to the Stanley Cup Final. The future had looked bright, but this signified the Bolts’ arrival into the top tier of teams in the league. Last season, they made it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final and lost to the eventual champions from Pittsburgh. That was a playoff run that did not include Steven Stamkos until the deciding game of the East final.

This year? The Bolts are currently not in a playoff position. They’ve had issues defensively. They’ve had issues on offense. They’ve had issues with goaltending. They’ve dealt with injuries or illness to key players like Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, and other important members of their lineup.

Looking to gain ground in the playoff chase, the Bolts had what looked to be the perfect opponent to mend their troubles — at least for one game. On Saturday, Tampa Bay faced the Arizona Coyotes, losers of four in a row and sitting above only Colorado in the Western Conference standings.

The perfect remedy, right?

Wrong. So wrong.

The Bolts lost 5-3, mostly because of a disastrous opening two periods. Ben Bishop started and was pulled after 40 minutes, allowing five goals on 17 shots.

Down a goal after the first period, things went south for the Bolts in the middle period. The Coyotes — one of only two teams in the entire league still stuck under 100 goals-for entering this game — beat Bishop for three goals on just nine shots in the second.

The Bolts are dead last in the Atlantic Division, five points back of third-place Boston. They are four points back of Toronto for the final wild card spot, but there are seven teams ahead of Tampa Bay in that race.

There is still lots of time left in the season. But the Bolts had stressed the importance and urgency needed on this current six-game road trip, and they haven’t delivered.

A loss to the Coyotes would certainly seem like rock bottom.