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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Cruise While Ducks Scrape to Victories

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LA Lakers defeat Minnesota Timberwolves 104-96. Against the team that lost to the Phoenix Suns 152-114 Tuesday night, the Lakers just cruised throughout the game content to let them hang around. They even let the Wolves take a lead in the third quarter. But in the end the Lakers were just too much. Kobe Bryant ended up with a season high 13 assists, seven in the first quarter, along with 22 points. Pau Gasol also had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. However the injury bug is creeping back in with Andrew Bynum leaving the game with a strained Achilles tendon early in the third quarter. Head coach Phil Jackson also mentioned after the game that Lamar Odom injured his shoulder during his 18 point effort.

Anaheim Ducks defeat New York Islanders 5-4 (OT). Despite being down 4-2 midway through the third period, the Ducks rallied to get the game to overtime when Saku Koivu took over 14 seconds in the extra period with an unassisted goal. After the teams answered each others’ goals to end the first period in a 2-2 tie, the Islanders took a 4-2 lead thanks to power play goals by Kyle Okposo and John Tavares. Jason Blake scored a power play goal for the Ducks halfway through the third period, and the Ducks just took over attacking Islanders net minder Martin Biron relentlessly. However still down by one in the final minute, they pulled the goalie for the extra attacker which led to the Lubomir Visnovsky’s second goal of the game which tied the game with 32 seconds left in the game. Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller was pulled after Okposo’s goal in the second period having given up three goals on 17 shots. Back up Curtis McElhinney allowed one goal on 14 shots for the remainder of the game. The Ducks have now won three games in a row and are looking like a pretty decent club while the Islanders have to turn it around and face a desperate Kings team Saturday night.

Notable Notes

  • Dodgers legendary announcer Vin Scully is doing all right after being taken to the emergency room Thursday night after falling out of bed and hitting his head. Scully was taken to West Hills Hospital and Medical Center and held overnight for observation. He’ll join the team in Glendale, Arizona Sunday to call the spring training game against the Cleveland Indians at Camelback Ranch. And here I thought the biggest emergency Thursday night was the Kings appearing dead on the ice against the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • Over at Santa Anita Park they will be hosting St. Pat’s Pitch Saturday. Two years ago a fan tossed a horseshoe that hit the ringer winning $1 million. Fans can fill out an entry form when entering the gates and put them in designated boxes around the track for a chance to be chosen to toss the horseshoe. If that, horsies running around the track and another way on this first weekend of March Madness to be a complete degenerate gambler doesn’t do it for you, then perhaps the $1 hotdogs and beer might.

Tonight’s Action

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New York Islanders at LA Kings. 7:30 pm FSWest, AM 1150 KTLK.