The Los Angeles Kings enjoy enough of a cushion that they likely don’t need to worry about the Anaheim Ducks.
Well, in the regular season, anyway.
Facing the Ducks in the postseason is becoming an increasingly uneasy proposition for the Kings and other members of the West’s elite, as Anaheim’s playing more like the elite team people expected to see all along.
Thursday continued that pattern. The Ducks raced off to 2-0 and 4-1 leads to cruise to a 4-2 win against the Kings on Thursday. In the process, the Ducks won their fifth consecutive game ans seven in eight contests.
(Their only loss during that span: dropping a 3-2 decision to the Kings on Jan. 17.)
One big change is that David Perron has been a slam dunk in Anaheim after bunting his way through hit-or-miss Pittsburgh days. Perron scored a goal and two assists.
Ryan Getzlaf‘s return to elite play is most exciting, however, as he finally scored an even-strength goal this season and also notched an assist.
It was a rough night for Jonathan Quick, who was chased by a spry Anaheim attack. If this trend continues, he won’t be the last goalie dealing with Ducks-related headaches.