The Los Angeles Kings were looking for three straight wins coming out of the All-Star break as they took on the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim.
It's the second of three Freeway Faceoffs this season and the first one away at Anaheim. The Kings left 6-3 winners, making it three in a row for them.
After a quiet first 10 minutes the Kings turned up the heat and started to establish a forecheck.
They put the pressure on and were eventually rewarded. With 5:39 remaining, after some extended zone time for the Kings Blake Lizotte tipped home an Alex Iafallo shot to put the Kings up 1-0.
The Kings continued to dominate for a few minutes after the goal but took their foot off the gas in the last few minutes of the period.
The Kings finished the first period outshooting the Ducks 14-5.
The expected goals after one period 1.16 for the Kings and 0.4 for the Ducks.
In the second, the Kings started slow, continuing their sloppy play to end the first. The Ducks were able to tie the game at one after Kevin Shattenkirk's point shot beat Pheonix Copley through a screen.
The tying goal woke the Kings up though and they began to dominate possession again. At 12:56, Viktor Arvidsson one-timed a Trevor Moore pass past Gibson after a deflection off a Ducks defender.
The Kings then took a two goal lead with just over two minutes left in the period. Adrian Kempe continued his hot streak, beating Gibson with a well-placed shot on the power play.
Pandemonium broke out with just over 20 seconds left. A scrum in front saw Frank Vatrano punch Copley, who responded by jumping Vatrano and throwing punches in the scrum. Gibson skated to center ice to challenge Copley, who responded by ripping off his mask and skating towards Gibson.
The refs stopped Copley before he could get to center ice though, and ejected him for a "blocker punch."
One the ensuing five minutes major Mason McTavish wired a one-timer past Jonathan Quick to bring the Ducks within one.
The Ducks were unable to score again on the major penalty though.
The Kings then buried a power-play goal of their own just under 10 minutes into the period. Kopitar finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play, one-timing a Fiala pass from the bumper position past Gibson.
The Ducks then got back within one, after Vatrano was stuffed twice by Quick he was able to put the his third opportunity past Quick.
The Ducks penalty troubles hurt them once again though, with Arvidsson grabbing his second of the game on the power play to restore the two goal lead. Arvidsson picked up to puck along the goal line and drove the net before beating Gibson over the shoulder from a tight angle.
Fiala provided the dagger, placing one in the empty net at 18:47.
The Kings play the second of a back-to-back Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes at Crypto.com Arena.