Fowler makes amends, helps Ducks beat Kings 3-2

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LOS ANGELES — Cam Fowler scored with 1:01 remaining and the Anaheim Ducks ended a five-game losing streak by defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Sam Carrick and Sam Steel also scored and John Gibson made 28 saves for the Ducks.

Gabriel Vilardi and Adrian Kempe had a goal for the Kings, who have lost three of four. Cal Petersen made 19 saves.

Fowler scored on a wrist shot at 18:59 of the third period to cap a rally after falling behind 2-0 in the second.

The Ducks scored twice in a 3:42 span late in the second tie the score. Carrick beat Petersen between his legs to get Anaheim on the board at 12:53, and Steel made it 2-all at 16:35 after being set up by Rickard Rakell’s clever pass from behind the net.

The loss left the Kings eight points behind St. Louis for the final playoff spot in the West Division despite getting two goals on special teams.

After seeing their power play regress over the past month, it was that unit that gave the Kings a 1-0 lead 4:50 into the second period. Vilardi cleaned up Adrian Kempe’s rebound for his third goal with the man-advantage.

Los Angeles had been in a 3-for-46 slump on the power play over its previous 16 games. It was also a much-needed goal for Vilardi, who hadn’t scored since March 3 against Arizona. The 2017 first-round pick had seen his playing time decrease over the second half of the season and even been scratched for two games.

The Kings made it 2-0 after Gibson came out of his crease to play the puck at the same time as Fowler. That left//// Kempe with an easy flick into an open net at 11:15 of the middle period.

GONE FISHING

Anaheim was officially eliminated from post-season contention when St. Louis defeated Minnesota 4-3 earlier on Wednesday. It is the third time in franchise history the Ducks have not made the playoffs in three straight seasons, along with their first three seasons in the league in 1993-1996 and again in 1999-2002.

TOUTED DEBUT

Kings centre Quinton Byfield, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft, made his NHL debut. He had four shots and won 8 of 12 face-offs in 17:21, but couldn’t convert two shots from close range against Gibson in the third period.

UP NEXT

The Ducks and Kings will play again in Anaheim on Friday.

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Dan Greenspan, The Associated Press