Hiller's shutout sends Ducks past slump­ing Kings

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

ANA­HEIM, CALIF: Jonas Hiller made 27 saves in his sev­enth ca­reer shutout, rookie de­fense­man Cam Fowler scored and the Ana­heim Ducks beat the slump­ing Los An­ge­les Kings 2-0 Mon­day night in the first meet­ing of the an­nual Free­way Face­off.

Ja­son Blake scored with 2:24 left and Teemu Se­lanne had two as­sists for the Ducks, who have won two straight af­ter a six-game skid. Ana­heim shut down the Kings' of­fense in front of Hiller, who punc­tu­ated his first shutout of the sea­son with a sparkling glove save on Anze Ko­pi­tar's point-blank chance in the fi­nal min­utes.

Jonathan Quick stopped 17 shots for the Kings, who have lost seven of eight af­ter a sixgame win­ning streak. Mis­takes by Drew Doughty and Jack John­son, the Kings' cor­ner­stone young de­fense­men, led di­rectly to the Ana­heim goals.

Se­lanne re­turned from a three-game ab­sence with an in­jured groin, and de­fense­man Lubomir Vis­novsky played through back spasms. Both as­sisted on Fowler's goal mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod, break­ing a score­less tie.

The Kings have plum­meted since a 12-3-0 start put them on top of the over­all NHL stand­ings ear­lier in the sea­son. Los An­ge­les hasn't won in reg­u­la­tion since giv­ing up six goals in a loss to long­time Pa­cific Di­vi­sion ruler San Jose on Nov. 15. -Ap

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