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The Associated Press

The Anaheim Ducks used the best offensive period in club history to avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season.

The Los Angeles Kings were streaking before blowing a lead their last time out.

The Kings have won five straight Staples Center meetings between these Pacific Division rivals who will meet Saturday night for the first time since their historic outdoor game in January.

Anaheim (44-16-7) set a franchise record for goals in a period with six in the second in Friday's 6-4 win at Colorado. Kyle Palmieri had two in 47 seconds and four other Ducks scored in their biggest offensive output since they scored nine goals against Vancouver on Jan. 15.

The Ducks had totaled eight goals in a 0-2-2 slide that preceded the contest.

''I wasn't anticipating that,'' coach Bruce Boudreau said. ''When you're struggling and you get a win it's just like a monkey off your back and you start relaxing and start playing better.''

Los Angeles (38-23-6) saw its eight-game win streak end Thursday with a 3-2 home loss to Toronto. The Kings fell one game short of the longest win streak in team history after blowing a two-goal lead in defeat for the first time in nearly a full calendar year.

One bright spot was Marian Gaborik, who had a goal and an assist in his home debut after going pointless in his first three games with the club that acquired him March 5 from Columbus.

"For sure, it feels good to get on the board," Gaborik said. "It's too bad it couldn't be in a win."

The winger's next home game figures to be more intense.

"Definitely this game is very important for us so we just have to be ready," Gaborik said. "They've been struggling and they're going to be ready to play."

The Ducks have totaled eight goals in going 0-3-2 in their last five games at Staples Center. They were the visitors in a 3-0 victory at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25, with Jonas Hiller making 36 saves.

Hiller stopped 34 shots Friday and hasn't started in back-to-back games since Jan. 11-12. Frederik Andersen, who had 30 saves in a 2-1 home win over the Kings on Jan. 23, could start instead.

Jonathan Quick's status is in question after he sat out practice Friday with an illness. The other option is rookie Martin Jones, who beat Anaheim 3-2 in a shootout in his NHL debut Dec. 3.

Dustin Brown also sat out Friday with an illness. He didn't see much action in the third period against the Leafs, although coach Darryl Sutter was defensive when asked about Brown at practice.

"Brownie's having the same type of year as that year that I came here and we won the Cup," Sutter said. "You were asking the same questions in March of that year that you are right now, and you know the answers."

Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler's status is in doubt. He sustained a lower-body injury in the second period Friday and didn't return.