ANAHEIM, Calif. -- In a matchup of two of the Pacific Division's top clubs, the Los Angeles Kings prevailed 3-2 with a shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on Tuesday night.
Left winger Dwight King scored on the Kings' ninth attempt, lifting Los Angeles to the victory.
The Ducks (17-7-4) failed to score in the shootout against goaltender Martin Jones, who provided a strong effort for the Kings (18-7-4) in his first start.
Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller recorded 49 saves, while Jones stopped 26 shots.
Anaheim had a 5-on-3 advantage 27 seconds into the extra period after defenseman Willie Mitchell was penalized for slashing, but failed to take advantage. Then, Ducks left winger Dustin Penner was sent to the box for interference at 1:24.
Right winger Corey Perry gave the Ducks a brief 2-1 lead with a power-play goal at 2:14 of the third period when he picked up a loose puck just outside the Kings' net and scored his 16th goal. Perry also had an assist, giving him 31 points on the season.
But the Kings rallied.
Kings left winger Dustin Brown ripped a shot that Hiller got a glove on, but the puck bounced over his shoulder and into the net for a 2-2 tie at 5:43 of the third.
Center Jeff Carter gave the Kings a 1-0 lead when he corralled a turnover by center Ryan Getzlaf and slapped it past Hiller for an unassisted goal at 7:05 of the second period. For Carter, it was his seventh goal of the season.
But the Ducks answered 46 seconds later when Getzlaf knocked home the rebound of a miss by rookie defenseman Hampus Lindholm and snuck the puck by Jones to knot the score at 1 at 7:51. It was the 14th goal for Getzlaf and allowed him to extend his point streak to 11 straight games he has played.
The Kings outshot the Ducks 16-6 in the opening period and didn't allow a shot on goal by Anaheim until more than nine minutes into the contest. Two of those shots came on a Ducks' power play midway through the period, when Anaheim kept possession on its end during the entire two minutes but failed to convert.
Los Angeles held a 36-17 advantage in shots through two periods.
NOTES: Ducks LW Dustin Penner was tied for second in the league with a plus-17 rating in 22 games entering the game. ... Los Angeles C Anze Kopitar had five points (two goals and three assists) in the past seven games before Tuesday's contest. Kopitar has a club-high 24 points (7 goals and 17 assists) overall. ... Anaheim D Bryan Allen returned after missing the last three games with a lower-body injury. ... The Kings allowed two or less goals (excluding shootouts) in a club-record 13 previous games. ... Anaheim had a 49-41-22 mark against the Kings entering the contest, including a 29-13-13 record at home. ... This was the first of five meetings between the two clubs. They play twice next month, including a Jan. 25 clash at Dodger Stadium.