Bonino's hat trick leads Ducks past rival LA Kings
- Article by: GREG BEACHAM
- Associated Press
- February 2, 2013 - 11:58 PM
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Nick Bonino scored his third goal on a power play with 11:21 to play, and the surging Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 7-4 Saturday night in the first Freeway Faceoff of the season.
Bonino scored two goals in the first six minutes to chase Jonathan Quick before completing his first career hat trick against Jonathan Bernier.
Kyle Palmieri scored the tiebreaking power-play goal, and Teemu Selanne put his 666th career goal into an empty net to cap another powerful offensive game by the Ducks, who have won five of seven to start the season.
Captain Dustin Brown scored two power-play goals for the Kings, who struggled in their first game at Honda Center as the defending Stanley Cup champions. Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams also scored, but the Kings never led while dropping to 2-3-2.
Quick yielded Bonino's two goals on the Ducks' first three shots before coach Darryl Sutter pulled him 5:49 in for Bernier, who stopped 17 shots in his season debut. Bonino picked up an assist on Selanne's goal for his first career four-point performance.
Emerson Etem, Bobby Ryan and Luca Sbisa each had two assists for Anaheim, and captain Ryan Getzlaf and Sheldon Souray also scored. Jonas Hiller stopped 30 shots in his first victory since Jan. 21 for the Ducks, who lost defenseman Cam Fowler in the second period to an upper-body injury on a hit by Stoll.
Anaheim missed the playoffs last spring before the eighth-seeded Kings rolled to their first Stanley Cup triumph. The Ducks won California's first NHL title in 2007, and their fans had taken to chanting "Stanley Cup! Stanley Cup!" at the Kings faithful in nearly every rivalry meeting — a chant that just won't work anymore.
Los Angeles won five of the six meetings last season. The Freeway Faceoff series features only four meetings in this lockout-shortened season, but the first was a beauty filled with big hits, chippy play, aggressive offense and power-play proficiency from both teams.
Thousands of jersey-wearing Los Angeles fans made the short trip down the I-5 freeway, filling the arena with Kings chants from the opening faceoff. But Bonino filled the Kings' net with goals, scoring 2 1/2 minutes in and doing it again a few minutes later when he somehow looped a backward shot underneath Quick's pads and stick while falling face-first on the ice facing the wrong way.
Etem had assists on both of Bonino's goals, the first points for the Long Beach, Calif., native who made his NHL debut last Tuesday.
Although the Kings' next game isn't until Tuesday in Columbus, Sutter swiftly pulled his Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goalie for the first time all season. Bernier, the former first-round pick who apparently made a trade request in the offseason, had watched Los Angeles' first six games from the bench.
Although Los Angeles' power play has been the NHL's worst, Brown easily scored the Kings' third man-advantage goal of the season later in the period. Stoll evened it 34 seconds later.
Souray put the Ducks up 4-3 with a rocket of a slap shot during a power play later in the period. After Williams tied it with his first goal of the season, Palmieri followed up his two-goal performance Friday night against Minnesota with a one-timer in the slot off a pass from Saku Koivu.
NOTES: Bonino is the 14th Anaheim player to record one of the Ducks' 39 hat tricks in franchise history. ... With two power-play goals, Brown caught and passed NHL scoring king Wayne Gretzky for seventh place in Kings history. Brown has 63 man-advantage goals in 602 games. Gretzky had 62 in 539 games with Los Angeles. ... The Kings hadn't scored a road power-play goal this season, going 0 for 18.
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