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LOS ANGELES -- After dropping Game 2 of their best-of-seven series with the Los Angeles Kings earlier in the week, Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau hinted of changes to his lineup for Game 3, as the series moved to Staples Center. Those decisions were on full display when the action got underway Thursday night, with goaltender Fredrick Anderson, forward Kyle Palmieri, and defenseman Samei Vatanen all given the chance to play for the Ducks.

After scoring in each of the three periods, Anaheim held on for a 3-2 victory, cutting the Kings series lead to 2-1.

Anaheim opened the scoring early in the first period after Kings forward Trevor Lewis was whistled for interference at 3:30 of the first period. Center Ryan Getzlaf shot the puck down low to linemate Patrick Maroon, who kicked it out to right winger Corey Perry in front of Kings goaltender Johnathan Quick. In the blink of an eye, Perry put the puck in the back of net for his third goal of the postseason.

In the second period, with Ducks forward Davante Smith Pelly in the penalty box for high sticking, the Kings used almost the exact same moves on a power play of their own to tie the game. Center Anze Kopitar, playing along the boards, passed the puck down low to waiting winger Marian Gaborik, who pushed it out front to forward Jeff Carter. Just like Perry the period before, Carter converted.

The Ducks got another power play goal in the second period when center Nick Bonino set up right winger Teemu Selanne, who shoveled the puck past Quick.

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was on the wrong end of things late in the third period. As he tried to make too many moves with the puck, Anaheim grabbed it for an outnumbered attack and defenseman Ben Lovejoy scored to make it 3-1.

Boudreau had to make a few unexpected roster changes midway though the final frame. Left winger Matt Beleskey was hit pretty hard by Kings center Dustin Brown and didn't return to the game. Moments later, Anderson was injured and went to the Ducks locker room, forcing goaltender Jonas Hiller into the crease to finish things out.

A late goal by Kings center Mike Richards made it 3-2 on the scoreboard.

NOTES: RW Kyle Palmieri and D Sami Vatanen were inserted into play by the Ducks after sitting the first two games of the series. ... With D Robyn Regehr and D Willie Mitchell still sidelined, Kings coach Darryl Sutter had D Jeff Schultz back on the blue line for the second straight game. ... C Ryan Getzlaf's assist in the first period gave him at least one point in all three games of the series. He leads the Ducks with four points in the series. ... Although the Ducks scored in the first period of all three games in the series, the first intermission was the first time that Anaheim went to the locker room with a lead. ... With a first-period assist, Ducks LW Patrick Maroon is on a six-game point streak. He is the first NHL rookie with a postseason point streak of at least six games since Warren Rychel of the Kings in the 1993 playoffs (also six games, 4-5-9).

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