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Video: Kesler’s OT winner gives Ducks the victory over rival Kings


In a fiercely contested battle between California rivals on Wednesday, it was the Anaheim Ducks that came out ahead of the L.A. Kings. And it was Ryan Kesler’s milestone goal that pushed them to victory.

Kesler scored his 18th of the season and 200th career NHL goal, which was the game winner as the Ducks defeated the Kings by a final score of 3-2 in overtime.

Kesler, involved throughout this game, including trying to get under the skin of Marian Gaborik, was allowed to skate out from behind the net into a prime shooting position and beat Jonathan Quick with a wrist shot just 45 seconds into the extra period.

The Ducks trailed entering the third period. The first 40 minutes produced plenty of face-paced action and some massive hits, including the open-ice check Dustin Brown threw on Corey Perry, causing a melee near the benches.

But the Ducks scored twice in the first eight minutes of the third, including Jakob Silfverberg’s goal that gave Anaheim the lead. Quick was furious, as Ducks forward Nate Thompson went to the net on the rush, and it appeared the Kings’ goalie was blocked out for just a split second, and unable to get across to his left to make the save on Silfverberg.

The Kings move to within two points of the Vancouver Canucks for second place in the Pacific Division. But they also remain just one point up on the Calgary Flames.

The Canucks have a game in hand on both teams.

Video: Quick livid after Ducks third-period go-ahead goal


L.A. Kings Jonathan Quick was not at all happy with the Anaheim Ducks second goal, which gave the hosts a 2-1 lead in the third period of Wednesday’s battle between the two California rivals.

Jakob Silfverberg scored the goal. Ducks forward Nate Thompson was going hard to the net in a battle with Jake Muzzin, and with Thompson’s left leg in the crease, Quick appeared to get blocked out from moving to his left for just a split second, which allowed Silfverberg plenty of room to find the net.

Quick was furious. He shot the puck down the ice and pushed the net even closer toward the end boards.


Video: Brown crushes Perry with massive open-ice hit, melee ensues


Dustin Brown reintroduced himself to Corey Perry during the first period of Wednesday’s game between the L.A. Kings and Anaheim Ducks.

No stranger to throwing massive hits, the Kings’ captain Brown drilled Perry with a crushing open-ice body check that appeared to be perfectly clean but set off a melee near the two benches in the neutral zone. Clayton Stoner and Simon Despres, coming to the defense of Perry, both jumped in grabbed Brown.

When the dust settled, the Kings ended up with the power play. Jeff Carter scored a few seconds later to give L.A. the lead in what was a hard-hitting, face-paced first period.

Goalie nods: Talbot gets another start for the Rangers, who aren’t surprised he’s been so good

Cam Talbot, Carl Hagelin, Dominic Moore, Jesper Fast

With an astounding .967 save percentage in his last six starts, Rangers goalie Cam Talbot will be back between the pipes tonight when the Blueshirts, still without starter Henrik Lundqvist, host the Chicago Blackhawks (on NBCSN).

Talbot’s latest triumph came Sunday when he stopped 38 of 39 Florida shots in a 2-1 victory.

Call his play surprising if you want, but the Rangers aren’t shocked.

“It didn’t surprise anybody in here,” d-man Marc Staal said after the Panthers game. “We’re excited for him to get an opportunity to show what he’s got on a consistent basis. He’s been very good for us as a backup. It’s his time to shine.”

No word yet who will start for the ‘Hawks. Corey Crawford made 38 saves last night in beating the Islanders at the United Center, so it could mean Scott Darling’s first appearance since Feb. 27.


Ben Scrivens for the Oilers at home to the Blue Jackets, who are likely to go with Curtis McElhinney.

John Gibson for the Ducks at home to the Kings, who are likely to go with Jonathan Quick.

Related: Andersen or Gibson — who starts for Anaheim in the playoffs?

Andersen or Gibson — who starts for Anaheim in the playoffs?

Anaheim Ducks v Vancouver Canucks

Last spring, the Ducks became one of the few teams in NHL history to start three different goalies in three consecutive playoff games — a state of flux that, while intriguing, is something they probably don’t want to mimic this year.

And to be fair, it’ll be impossible to replicate that situation with only John Gibson and Frederik Andersen in the mix (Jonas Hiller, who made six playoff appearances last year, has departed). But the Ducks will eventually need to determine who’ll start as their playoff goalie and, with just 11 games left in the regular season, it sounds like the audition is on.

From the O.C. Register:

[Head coach Bruce] Boudreau has repeatedly said that John Gibson and Frederik Andersen will share the net until the start of April, but Gibson has been in goal the past three times out, all of them against potential playoff teams.

Andersen said he isn’t worried about suddenly losing playing time in a season where he’s gone 30-10-5 with a 2.37 goals-against average.

“There’s still a lot of games left,” Andersen said. “That’s how I look at it. I know that I’m going to have a chance to play.”

They’ll need to determine who will start as the playoff goalie, but a feeling that’s growing is Gibson nudging Andersen aside. Andersen sees a healthy competition down the stretch.

“I know we both have to battle for it,” Andersen said. “I know it’s going to be a long season. You saw it last year. We had three goalies playing due to different circumstances. I know that.”

Boudreau told the Register there is a plan in place for starts, but added it’s “subject to change.” There are a few dates worth keeping an eye on, however:

— On Sunday, Mar. 22, the Ducks take on the defending Eastern Conference champion Rangers at MSG.

— On Thursday, Mar. 26, the Ducks take on the Bruins at TD Garden.

— On Saturday, Mar. 28, the Ducks take on the Islanders at Nassau.

And there is, of course, tonight’s key Freeway Faceoff tilt against the Kings (no starter named yet). Boudreau has done a good job of mixing up appearances versus L.A. among his netminders this season — Andersen, Gibson and Jason LaBarbera have all been goalies of record — but tonight is the fifth and final meeting between the two this season, and a huge one for the Kings’ playoff chances.

Looking ahead to the postseason, it is worth noting that both Boudreau and the organization are extremely high on Gibson, made evident last year when the Ducks threw the 20-year-old into the fire midway through its second-round series against the Kings.

Gibson responded incredibly well — he became the youngest goalie in NHL history to record a shutout in his playoff debut — but it has to be noted that he got the nod over Andersen because the Danish netminder suffered an injury in Game 3 of the series.