Trevor Lewis

Kesler leads Ducks to comeback victory over the Kings


Anaheim center Ryan Kesler played in his first battle of Southern California on Wednesday night and left his mark scoring twice, including the shootout-winner, and assisting on another helping the Ducks to a 6-5 come from behind victory over the L.A. Kings at the Honda Center.

The Ducks trailed 3-1 and 5-3, but battled back to snap a three game losing skid. The loss meanwhile drops the Kings to 1-3-3 on the road this season.

“It was a good game from us. Definitely a wild one,” said Kesler. “We could have given up, but the team stayed positive.”

Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty gave L.A. a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. After Ducks’ defenseman Cam Fowler got Anaheim on the board in the second, Trevor Lewis netted his second of the season forcing Bruce Boudreau to make a goaltending change – Frederik Andersen’s night was done after he allowed three goals on nine shots.

“It was very little, quite honest,” said Kings’ coach Darryl Sutter of the intensity Wednesday night. “It was just kind of a pond hockey game. It looked like one of our preseason games.”

Jakob Silfverberg and Kesler’s first of the night tied the game 3-3 just over two minutes into the third.

However, Marian Gaborik and Justin Williams restored L.A.’s two-goal lead midway through the final period.

Anaheim would not give up, captain Ryan Getzlaf and Kesler each picked up their fifth goals of the season to force overtime.

“I don’t think we let it ‘get away.’ We never really had the lead,” Sutter continued. “I know you define it by goals having a lead, but we really never had the lead. If it wasn’t for Jonathan (Quick), it wasn’t even close. They’re a much better team that we are.”

Kesler scored in the second round of the shootout for the winner. Jason LaBarbera made 13 saves in relief to improve to 2-0-1 on the season.

“I’m proud of our guys,” said Getzlaf. “We had our ups and downs, but I felt like we played a great game tonight.

Quick made 37 saves in the loss.

“I don’t think we had much energy, much focus, much execution,” said Sutter. “We used a short bench. Too bad actually we lost the shootout, because then Jonathan feels tough, right? He stood on his head to get us a point.”

The Kings don’t have to wait long for another shot at the Ducks – the rematch goes Saturday night at the Staples Center.

Video: Lewis goal ends Andersen’s night

After allowing three goals on 10 shots, Ducks’ starter Frederik Andersen was pulled Wednesday night.

Kings’ Trevor Lewis scored his second of the season at 9:20 of the second period ending Andersen’s night. Jason LaBarbera has entered the game in relief.

Brown leads Kings to first road win


Kings’ captain Dustin Brown scored his second of the season, on his 30th birthday, leading L.A. to a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars Tuesday night.

Trevor Lewis, who returned from an upper body injury, and Kyle Clifford had the others for the Kings. The win was the Kings’ first victory away from the Staples Center this season. L.A. is now 1-3-2 on the road.

“He’s gonna work. I talked to him last night about getting him back into the penalty killing a little bit, because that’s what his role is on our team,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said of Lewis. “We switched Jarret (Stoll) and Mike (Richards) partway through the first period and put Mike with Kinger (Dwight King) and Brownie, and that helped us a little bit.”

“I think, and putting Jarret with Lewie and Cliffy helped us a little bit. Got to find ways to score when you’re not scoring. I mean, still the top end of your lineup’s got to score goals. Five-on-three, you’ve got to score a goal, and Gabby (Marian Gaborik) had some really good looks. If he’s sharper, he probably scores on a couple of them. It’s the way it goes.”

Shawn Horcoff had the lone goal for the Stars in the loss. Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves while seeing his record drop to 4-2-4 on the season.

Jonathan Quick improved to 6-3-2 with a 33 save performance.

There was a scary moment in the third period when Justin Williams received a high-stick from Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon.

Dillon received a double-minor for high-sticking while Williams left the game immediately.

Sutter said Williams should be OK.

“Lucky it wasn’t his eye…be careful, just see how it goes,” he said.

Kings activate Lewis (upper-body) off IR


The L.A. Kings have activated forward Trevor Lewis from the injured list and assigned David Van der Gulik back to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the defending Stanley Cup champs announced Friday.

Lewis hasn’t played since Oct. 8 due to an upper-body injury, which caused him to miss nine games. He recorded six shots in 14 shifts against the San Jose Sharks in his only regular season action so far in 2014-15.

The Lewis injury came at the same time Jake Muzzin was also out of the L.A. lineup, which was a source of frustration for head coach Darryl Sutter.

The Kings enter the back half of a five-game road trip. They take on the Detroit Red Wings tonight, before moving on to face the Carolina Hurricanes and finally the Dallas Stars to conclude the trip.

Kings will have full complement of players tonight vs. Pens


In the wake of Tuesday’s OT loss in Philly — a game in which they played a man down due to cap issues — the Los Angeles Kings have brought up David Van der Gulik from AHL Manchester as an emergency recall.

L.A. found itself shorthanded this week after Anze Kopitar was unable to face the Flyers due to injury. With Slava Voynov suspended indefinitely (but still on the books) and Marian Gaborik and Trevor Lewis on IR, the Kings found themselves pressed too closely to the salary cap ceiling to call up an extra body from the Monarchs.

So, they played with 11 forwards in Philly.

Here’s a further explanation of the Van der Gulik call-up, per L.A. Kings Insider:

Because the Kings dressed only 19 players in Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss in Philadelphia, they are eligible to use an emergency recall on a player who carries a cap hit of under $650,000, via Article 50.10 of the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement.

That recall will be used on 5-foot-10, 173-pound David Van der Gulik, who has 13 points (2-11=13) in 48 career NHL games with Colorado and Calgary and carries a $550,000 cap hit. The Kings were not able to use the emergency recall on center Jordan Weal, whose $610,000 cap hit would have been pushed above the maximum provided by Article 50.10 due to bonuses based on games played.

Van der Gulik can play center or wing, so it’s possible he’ll draw in tonight — though that largely depends on Kopitar’s availability. Kopitar was hurt on Sunday against Columbus and suggested he’d miss both the Philly and Pittsburgh games, telling the L.A. Times “I don’t want to push it.”