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Ducks score four third-period goals, come back to beat rival Kings

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Ryan Kesler started the rally. Corey Perry finished it.

The Anaheim Ducks, challenged two days ago by head coach Bruce Boudreau, used a four-goal outburst in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit and defeat the rival L.A. Kings by a final score of 4-2 on Friday.

Kesler had gone nine games without a goal, or a point for that matter. He got the comeback going by snapping out of his own drought with a goal less than five minutes into the third period. The Ducks took over on the score board from there. They held the edge in shots on goal — the Kings had more attempts at even strength, as per hockeystats.ca, but could only get 12 shots on John Gibson through the final 40 minutes.

It’s a big win for the Ducks. More importantly, they were looking for a better effort, more emotion in their game, as they looked to break free from recent struggles that had seen them go 6-7-1 in 14 games.

Corey Perry scored the winner, then added the empty net goal with 24 seconds remaining, ending any hope of a Kings comeback in the final minute.

The Kings, who played the night before and were shut out by relative unknown goalie Andrew Hammond and the Ottawa Senators, have now lost two in a row after their eight-game winning streak.

Video: Garbutt’s undisciplined play has him in hot water — again

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The latest from the “Reckless Ryan Garbutt” files — during last night’s 5-2 loss to San Jose, Garbutt was benched by Stars head coach Lindy Ruff after taking an elbowing penalty in the second period with Dallas trailing by two.

“That can’t happen, it just can’t happen this time of the year, it can’t,” Ruff said, per the Dallas Morning-News. “He didn’t hurt himself, he hurt 19 teammates.”

The penalty in question:

After exiting the box, Garbutt played a grand total of nine seconds and didn’t touch the ice at all in the third period.

The 29-year-old may well be the NHL’s most reckless player. He’s been suspended twice this year — one for kneeing Tyalor Hall, once for slew-footing Dustin Byfuglien — and, all told, has been suspended 10 games over the last two seasons; he was also fined during last year’s playoffs for spearing Corey Perry in the groin.

Here, now, is a sampling of the PHT headlines Garbutt’s behavior has produced:

Ruff reaches out to Garbutt’s dad about son’s reckless play

Garbutt’s undisciplined play has ‘got to stop,’ says Nill

Ruff angry, fed up with Garbutt’s lack of discipline

Steve Ott offers advice for Stars’ Ryan Garbutt

One has to wonder what the Stars will do with Garbutt moving forward. He’s on the books for one more year at $1.8 million, and has been a good producer — 17 goals and 35 points in 75 games last season, seven goals and 18 points through 50 games this year — but, at the same time, repeat warnings from both the league and Stars organization don’t appear to have altered his approach or playing style.

Slumping Ducks to split up Getzlaf-Perry?

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Few duos have been as inseparable as Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry but, with the Ducks having lost seven of their last 10, the pair could be broken up for tonight’s game in Calgary.

Perry was taken off the club’s top line and skated next to No. 2 center Ryan Kesler (and winger Devante Smith-Pelly) during Thursday’s practice, leaving Ryan Getzlaf to work between Patrick Maroon and Kyle Palmieri on the top line.

“I wanted to try it in practice today to see what it was like,” head coach Bruce Boudreau said of the move, per the Ducks website. “Once they both find their game, we’ll be much better and we won’t be talking about this anymore.”

Getzlaf is scoreless in his last four games while Perry has just one goal in his last five. Not surprisingly, the entire Anaheim offense has struggled along with the big two; the Ducks have scored just eight times in their last four games and haven’t potted more than three in a single game since a 5-2 win over Nashville back in early February.

Perry, who still leads the team with 24 goals this season, sounded optimistic about the move.

“If it works, that’s the main goal,” he said, per the O.C. Register. “If it’s not working, you have to change something up.”

Are the Ducks just in a little slump, or is there more to the story?

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The Anaheim Ducks are not playing good possession hockey lately.

How “not good” have they been?

Well, in their last nine games, based on score-adjusted five-on-five Fenwick, only the Sabres and Devils have been worse.

Which is pretty darn “not good.”

And it’s been showing in their results. The Ducks are 3-5-1 in those nine games, including last night’s 5-3 home loss to Washington, one that left coach Bruce Boudreau bemoaning his squad’s “woe is me” mood.

Now, for the record, Anaheim has been an average possession team all season, and that hasn’t stopped it from going 35-15-7 and sitting comfortably in first place in the Pacific Division. There’s no shortage of talent on the roster, especially up front with veterans Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Ryan Kesler.

Besides, even the best teams go through little slumps during a long season. Maybe there’s a touch of complacency in their mindset right now. It’s also worth noting that six of their last nine have been on the road.

Still, the Ducks remain a curious squad, one that, statistically speaking, doesn’t do anything particularly well…

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Actually, that’s not true. The Ducks have, in fact, done something well all season, and that’s win one-goal games. Amazingly, they’re 24-0-7 in those — a record that some believe speaks to their mental fortitude, and others believe is an indicator that they’re not quite as dominant as the standings make them look.

Whichever perspective you take, it’s hard to deny this an important season for Anaheim, a franchise that’s won just two playoff series and hasn’t been past the second round since winning the Stanley Cup in 2007. Anything less than a deep run this spring will be seen as a disappointment.

While the Ducks’ record suggests they have a great chance to do just that — make a deep run — their underlying numbers continue to bring doubt into the equation.

Dubnyk, Perry, and Desharnais are NHL’s three stars of the week

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Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, Ducks winger Corey Perry and Canadiens center David Desharnais have been named the NHL’s three stars for the past week.

From NHL.com:

Dubnyk went 2-0-0, stopping all 42 shots he faced to lead the Wild (25-20-6, 56 points) to a pair of shutout victories and their season-high fifth consecutive win overall.

Perry shared the League lead with four goals and six points in four outings to help the Ducks (34-13-7, 75 points) gain five of a possible eight standings points.

Desharnais paced the NHL with five assists and a +6 rating and also shared the League lead with six points to power the Canadiens (34-15-3, 71 points) to two wins in three starts.

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