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LAst Night's Action: Kings Dethroned by Ducks in Shootout

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Anaheim Ducks defeat LA Kings 2-1 (SO). With the Angels beating the Dodgers 6-4 in the afternoon, the Ducks make it a clean sweep for Orange County with a 2-1 shootout win against the Kings.

The pace of the game was dictated by the Ducks from the start that made the flow uneven.

“There was no flow to the game,” Kings head coach Terry Murray said. “You get five guys back in the neutral zone like the way [the Ducks] were playing, it really boggles things down.”

As a result the Kings mishandled the puck all night long. Defenseman Sean O’Donnell made a pass to no one in particular by the Kings blue line which an alert Duck picked up. Scott Parse tripped over a pass in the Kings zone. While not as horrendous as other games since the Olympic break, it was clear they weren’t playing with the same intensity as the last two games against the Predators and Canucks.

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“We got ourselves in trouble with turnovers again,” Murray said. “It is a young group of guys that have a very hard time understanding how important it is to establish their parts of the game. We definitely have to learn from this one.”