After the last Ducks-Kings game, Darryl Sutter said his team wasn’t physical enough.
That challenge was met Thursday when the two teams clashed again.
After a routine stoppage in play during the first period, Kyle Clifford of the Kings got in the face of Ducks forward Corey Perry. That’s a good sacrifice for the Kings’ antagonist to take, and Perry knew it. With both heading off for penalties, Perry gave Luke Schenn a shot, setting off this line brawl and taking a few Kings to the box with him:
In all, 46 penalty minutes were assessed with Schenn and Jamie McGinn each receiving 10-minute misconducts, while Andy Andreoff and Kevin Bieksa got game misconducts. Perry escaped with just four minutes in penalties and Clifford just two.
This is already up on a Swedish newspaper's site. Ricky made a whole country proud today! pic.twitter.com/JUqd1amw3D
— Abbey Mastracco (@AbbeyMastracco) March 5, 2016
Google translation: "Throws gloves for the first time -- Swede did his first fight and won in the hot derby in California."
Versteeg left the game and has not returned.
Versteeg announced as questionable to return by the Kings. Hasn't played since questionable decision to fight Rakell.
— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) March 5, 2016
The Ducks and Kings (or DucKings) play one more time this regular season on Apr. 7, one of the last games of the season for both clubs. The teams are tied for first in the Pacific Division with 80 points.