Injuries, penalties and a fourth loss

RYAN GETZLAF is sidelined for up to two months due to a broken cheekbone (Flickr/Bridget Samuels photo).

It was a nightmare game that the Anaheim Ducks played Tuesday night at Honda Center against the Los Angeles Kings. Not only did the locals blow a 3-1 lead and ultimately lose in overtime 4-3, but also they are facing some bad news on the injury front.

Captain Ryan Getzlaf is sidelined for up to two months after surgery for a fractured cheekbone. Goalkeeper John Gibson was taken out of the game when hit in the head with a puck – after his mask fell off – and is in the concussion protocol process. He was replaced by Ryan Miller.

It was the Ducks’ fourth straight loss, and dropped them into sixth place in the eight-team Pacific Division at 6-6-3. Penalties hurt the effort; the team was whistled for 21 minutes worth of penalties.

The game started well for the Ducks. They built a 2-0 first period on goals by Jared Boll and Sami Vatanen, and a 3-1 edge after Rickard Rakell’s tally at the 14:52 mark of the second. But the Kings clawed back with two more goals to send the game into overtime, and won it on Nick Shore’s shot at 3:51.

“We all have to be ready to contribute. Happy to get that point, but a little frustrated we couldn’t get that second one to cap it off,” said Miller.

The Kings lead the division with an 11-2-2 mark, tied for second-best in the league.

Next for the Ducks is a home game Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks (8-5-2) at Honda Center.


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