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A Tale of Two NHL Cities

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity --

That's all I remember.

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I didn't actually read the book. I was probably watching hockey instead.

Last night we saw tales of two California cities.

We'll start in L.A. with the worst of times.

The Kings lost their fourth game in a row. This time it was to the Minnesota Wild. For the Wild it was their franchise record sixth win in a row. If that wasn't bad enough, the game went in to overtime to tease the Kings and their fans.

The Kings can take some solace in getting the point awarded for a tie, but unless they start scoring, it could be a long season for the black, silver, white... and purple?

The Kings' lone goal came from rookie Patrick O'Sullivan. A player who was actually traded to L.A. from the Wild, in exchange for Pavol Demitra.

Would now be a bad time to mention that Demitra has recorded a point in each of the six Wild games this season? Probably, eh?

Marian Gaborik scored the winning goal for Minnesota.

The best of times was taking place in Anaheim, where the Ducks were winning their fourth game of the season against the Detroit Red wings.

Ryan Getzlaf, Shane O'Brien, Chris Kunitz and Corey Perry all scored for Anaheim in the 4-1 victory.

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It was actually a huge night for defenseman Shane O'Brien. Not only did he score his first ever NHL goal, but he also notched a "Gordie Howe Hat trick." Which is a goal, an assist and a fight in the same game. (Granted, it wasn't much of a fight, but he did win it.)

Anaheim has a 4-0-2 record and is tied for the lead in the Pacific Division with San Jose and Dallas. Thanks to the tie, L.A. is a point ahead of Phoenix for last place in the division.

L.A. actually faces off against Phoenix tonight in the desert. (You can listen live at

Anaheim next plays tomorrow night at home against the aforementioned, and scorching hot, Minnesota Wild. (Tickets still available.)

Let's look at some numbers:

Kings Leaders:
Goals - Mike Cammalerri 3
Assists - Anze Kopitar 5
Penalty Minutes - Sean Avery 26

Ducks Leaders:
Goals - Chris Kunitz 4
Assists - Teemu Selanne 5
Penalty Minutes - Shane O'Brien 18