Nick Shore scores winner as Kings beat Ducks in OT thriller

Nick Shore scored in overtime to get the Kings a 4-3 win over the Ducks.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Nick Shore scored on a pass from Dustin Brown with 1:09 left in overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night in the first Freeway Faceoff of the season.

Brown also scored the tying goal early in the third period for the Pacific Division-leading Kings, who surged to an 11-2-2 start with an exciting victory in their local derby with the five-time defending division champion Ducks.

Anze Kopitar and Adrian Kempe also scored for the Kings, and rookie Alex Iafallo had two assists. Jonathan Quick made 33 saves and got an assist on Shore’s game-winner.

Rickard Rakell had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who have lost four straight.

Jared Boll ended a 61-game goal drought and Sami Vatanen scored his first of the season for the injury-plagued Ducks in their first game since captain Ryan Getzlaf had surgery on a broken cheekbone, sidelining him for up to two months.

John Gibson made 30 saves for Anaheim before his mask was knocked off by a blow to the head, forcing backup Ryan Miller into the game with 6:53 left in regulation. Miller made nine saves, including a point-saving stop on Tyler Toffoli with 90 seconds left in regulation.

The local rivals played their usual bad-tempered game filled with big hits of questionable legality and several ensuing scrums. Quick even got into it with agitating Ducks forward Corey Perry, trading shoves in a prolonged scuffle that led to roughing penalties for three players.

Kings defenceman Kurtis MacDermid was given a game misconduct for the worst hit, an open-ice shot that sent Ducks forward Ondrej Kase to the dressing room in the first period with an upper-body injury.

Vatanen scored immediately after the ensuing five-minute power play ended, putting Anaheim up 2-0. After Kopitar scored his team-leading eighth goal, Rakell popped the water bottle off Quick’s net with a goal that ramped off Iafallo’s stick in the second period to make it 3-1.

Kempe kept it close with his seventh goal in 10 games off a sweet pass from Tanner Pearson. Brown evened it with 14:11 left in regulation, converting Iafallo’s setup for the revitalized former Los Angeles captain’s seventh goal of the season.

Brown appeared to put the Kings ahead five minutes later after converting a beautiful backward pass from Drew Doughty, but the goal was wiped out when video review determined Doughty had been offside. Los Angeles had yet another goal waved off moments later when Gibson’s helmet came off during play, forcing the goalie into the dressing room.

NOTES: Boll opened the scoring by converting a rebound of Brandon Montour’s shot for his first goal in 59 games with the Ducks over two seasons. The goal was just the 28th of the hard-nosed enforcer’s NHL career, and his first since March 20, 2016, with Columbus. … The Ducks scratched D Jaycob Megna with Francois Beauchemin returning from a one-game absence. … Los Angeles swapped Swedish defencemen in its lineup again, scratching Christian Folin and dressing Oscar Fantenberg.

UP NEXT

Kings: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

Ducks: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.