Lubomir Visnovsky scores in marathon shootout to lift Kings over Ducks 4-3

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Lubomir Visnovsky scored in the sixth round of the team's second shootout in a row to give Los Angeles a 4-3 victory over Anaheim on Sunday night. "It was apropos for (Visnovsky) to score the winner," Kings coach Marc Crawford said. "He took a hard hit there (earlier in the game) and that shows that he has a lot of good determination.

"A lot of teams go after good players all the time, and we do the same thing. Those great players stay with it and they persevere. This is a great player, so it's nice to see him get the winner."

Los Angeles' Michael Cammalleri had a goal and two assists, and now has 11 goals and 15 assists in his last 19 games.

Overshadowed by the loss, the Ducks' Teemu Selanne had a goal - his club-record 301st with Anaheim - and two assists.

"Obviously, it's an honour with all the great players who have been here. It's a really nice bonus," said Selanne, who topped the team mark set by former linemate Paul Kariya.

Visnovsky beat goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere with a shot between the pads to finally settle it. The Kings' defenceman also scored his 15th goal in regulation and assisted on Cammalleri's 24th.

"The shootout really wasn't the story," Crawford said. "This was a hard-fought series. I'm really happy that our guys played well. We looked at it as a playoff series for our guys. We prepared for it like a playoff series."

Kings goalie Sean Burke, who stopped 39 shots said: "That's an excellent hockey club over there and we matched them shift for shift for two games."

The Ducks outshot the Kings nearly 2-to-1, with Giguere facing only 24.

Anaheim's Chris Pronger was struck in the face and throat by Visnovsky's slap shot 48 seconds into overtime and left the ice, but the injury wasn't serious.

"The majority of the puck hit him in the chin, so we were fortunate in that respect," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "It didn't do as much damage as we thought it did at first."

Anaheim, which never led, tied the score for the third time on Ryan Getzlaf's power-play goal midway through the third period after Derek Armstrong gave Los Angeles a 3-2 lead at 3:49 of the period.

Selanne's milestone goal came on a power play at 1:01 of the third period and drew Anaheim briefly even at 2-2.

Taking a pass from Scott Niedermayer from behind the goal line, Selanne threaded a shot from the right circle into the upper right corner, the puck flying just over Burke's glove.

The goal was the 36th of the season for Selanne and his 17th in the last 21 games. He has eight points in his last three games after being held pointless in his previous two.

Los Angeles took a 2-1 lead on a pair of power-play goals, by Cammalleri in the second period after Visnovsky opened the scoring in the first. Visnovsky's slap shot down the slot ticked off the stick of Anaheim's Rob Niedermayer and sailed past Giguere 13:04 into the game.

Anaheim's Chris Kunitz had evened it 1-1 at 1:54 of the second period. But Cammalleri put Los Angeles back in front, beating Giguere with a slap shot that bounced off the goalie's stick and into the net at 7:48 of the period.

The victory was the Kings' second in six meetings this season against the Ducks.

Notes: Kings captain Mattias Norstrom was sidelined by a knee injury, the first game he's missed this season. ... Kunitz's goal was his 20th and gave him one more than he had last season, his rookie year in the league.


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