Edler scores tiebreaker, LA Kings top rival Ducks again, 4-2

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alexander Edler scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and the Los Angeles Kings closed in on their first playoff berth in four years with a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

Arthur Kaliyev, Matt Roy and Alex Iafallo also scored, and rookie Quinton Byfield and Anze Kopitar had two assists apiece in the Kings' fourth straight victory. Jonathan Quick overcame an egregious misplay and made 19 saves in Los Angeles' second win in five days over Anaheim in the Freeway Faceoff rivalry series.

With five victories in six games, the Kings have solidified their hold on third place in the Pacific Division. Los Angeles has two games left and is seven points ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights, who have four games left.

The Kings also are just two points behind Edmonton for second place in the Pacific, but the Oilers have two games in hand.

Trevor Zegras became the top rookie scorer in Ducks history with a second-period goal and Gerry Mayhew scored on a spectacular goaltending mistake by Quick. Anthony Stolarz stopped 36 shots in Anaheim’s 18th loss in 21 games.

Los Angeles fell behind 2-1 midway through the second period when Mayhew got credit for the Ducks’ go-ahead goal because Quick comically whiffed on a bouncing puck dumped toward him by Mayhew from the neutral zone.

Roy evened it 2 1/2 minutes later with his second goal of the season on a long shot through traffic. Kopitar picked up his 700th career assist.

The Kings reclaimed the lead with 13:39 to play when Byfield won a draw to Edler, whose long shot ricocheted off Isac Lundestrom and caromed past Stolarz.

Iafallo added an empty-net goal before a major fracas occurred with 5.7 seconds to play. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf took down Kaliyev after the Los Angeles forward checked Anaheim's Josh Mahura in the head from behind.

Earlier, Getzlaf got a lengthy ovation from the fans of his team's biggest rivals during the first period of his penultimate NHL game. The 17-year veteran will finish his career Sunday at Honda Center against St. Louis.

The 36-year-old retained the feisty spirit of this local derby to the end: When Los Angeles’ Carl Grundström ran into Stolarz and knocked him down in the second period, Getzlaf pursued Grundström and checked the Kings forward up onto the glass in response.

Anaheim tied it early in the second on a wrist-shot goal by Zegras with help from Getzlaf's 736th career assist, the 49th-most in NHL history.

Zegras, the Ducks' creative center and Getzlaf's playmaking heir, scored his 58th point to surpass Bobby Ryan's rookie record for Anaheim in the 2008-09 season.

Anaheim forward Derek Grant left in the first period with an upper-body injury.

UP NEXT

Ducks: Host St. Louis on Sunday.

Kings: At Seattle on Wednesday.

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Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

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