The Ducks have spent the entire season near the top of the Western Conference standings while the Kings have sunk to the bottom, but the Kings showed Saturday that they still have some fight left in them. In the latest round of a cross-town battle often described as tepid, the Kings and Ducks played the roles of bickering neighbors and wore a path to the penalty box. Between scrums, they played some entertaining hockey, a game the Ducks ended winning 3-2 in a shootout in front of 18,118 at Staples Center. Chris Kunitz’s goal, 5:48 into the third period, gave the Ducks the lead. But Anze Kopitar tied the score with 5:14 left. Corey Perry scored in the fifth round of the shootout to give the Ducks the win, after Teemu Selanne and Michael Cammalleri traded goals in the second round. A contentious first period included just one goal – Alexander Frolov’s deflection with eight seconds left – but plenty of action, including one fight, three misconduct penalties and 56 penalty minutes. Things settled down a bit after that, and Teemu Selanne tied the score 3:22 into the second period. The goal was Selanne’s 300th as a Duck, which tied the franchise record set by Paul Kariya. The teams hadn’t met since Dec. 3, and there wasn’t any obvious animosity, but given the way things have been going for both teams of late, perhaps the chippy play shouldn’t have been a big surprise. In one of those what-was-he-thinking moments, the Kings’ Lubomir Visnovsky, listed – generously – at 5-foot-10 and 188 pounds, went charging after Travis Moen, the Ducks’ 6-2, 216-pound enforcer. After some initial clutching, pushing and yelling, Moen dumped Visnovsky to the ground with a shove, and could there have been a better metaphor for the way the Kings’ and Ducks’ seasons have gone? Neither team entered Saturday’s cross-town matchup in much of a sunny mood, though. The Kings have long since settled into last place in the conference and the Ducks, after a brilliant two-month burst to start the season, have slipped a bit and had lost seven of their previous 11 games. In fact, the Kings have had a better February than the Ducks. It took the Kings four months to find consistent goaltending, but the emergence of Sean Burke and Mathieu Garon has helped greatly. During their recent five-game East Coast swing, the Kings recorded at least one point in four games. “You can say all the right things in the (dressing) room and talk about being positive, but until you win, it doesn’t matter,” Kings team captain Mattias Norstrom said before the game. “We can do all the right things out there and have meetings … but the only way to learn how to win is by winning. “It’s no secret that if you’re going to win in this league, you have to have good goaltending.” Burke, who has a stellar 2.16 goals-against average since being claimed off waivers by the Kings, got the night off as the Kings turned to Garon, who looked to get back on track. Garon, who missed nine games last month with a broken finger, had made only one start since his return, when he allowed four goals in a loss to Washington, but Garon fared better against the Ducks. Through two periods, Garon stopped 17 of 18 shots. Garon’s only mistake came on the power play, when Selanne slapped in a rebound on a shot by Dustin Penner to tie the game in the second period. Frolov had given the Kings the lead with his 10th goal in his last 13 games, at the end of a rough-and-tumble first period that featured pushing and shoving after almost every whistle. The chippy play reached a peak nine minutes into the period, when equipment went flying in the Kings’ zone and a handful of shoving matches broke out. Twenty-four penalties minutes were issued, including misconduct penalties to the Kings’ Aaron Miller and the Ducks’ Samuel Pahlsson. Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who allowed four goals against Phoenix on Thursday, rebounded nicely, held up under early pressure and stopped 21 of 22 shots through two periods. The Kings were shorthanded as Norstrom left the game in the first period and didn’t return. Norstrom took four shifts in the first 10 minutes of the first period, but then missed the entire second period. The Kings announced that Norstrom had left the game with an undisclosed lower-body injury. [email protected] (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000This photograph of Mesut Ozil meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May 2018 sparked a storm of criticism in Germany © TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE/AFP/File / KAYHAN OZERBERLIN, Germany, Mar 18 – Angela Merkel’s chief of staff on Monday joined the growing chorus of criticism of Arsenal’s German midfielder Mesut Ozil for reportedly inviting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to his wedding this summer as his witness.The 30-year-old Ozil, who has Turkish family roots, sparked controversy last May when he was photographed with Erdogan, raising questions about the footballer’s loyalty to Germany on the eve of their disastrous World Cup campaign. After 92 appearances for Germany, including a key role in the 2014 World Cup victory, Ozil suddenly quit the national squad last July, accusing German football officials of racism.On Sunday, Germany’s top-selling tabloid Bild reported that Ozil, 30, and his model fiancee Amine Gulse, 25, a former Miss Turkey, personally presented Erdogan in Istanbul with an invitation to their wedding this summer, asking the Turkish leader to appear as the footballer’s witness.The invite immediately drew sharp criticism in Germany, whose government has been sharply at odds with Ankara over a range of human rights questions in recent years.Helge Braun, a CDU politician and chief of staff to German Chancellor Merkel, told Bild it “makes one sad” that Ozil would make a such a move despite having already been sharply criticised by the German public over his first meeting with Erdogan.“The fact that this has continued will have disappointed a lot of football fans – me too!” said Braun.The politician accepted Ozil’s was “a private decison” which one must respect, but appealed to the footballer as a role model, especially for young Turks in Germany.“Footballers are symbolic figures in our society, with whom people identify with much more than ministers,” added Braun.“And so the question is raised: how much does someone wearing the German national jersey stand for Germany?”– ‘It’s a pity’ –Braun’s comments come after German politician Cem Ozdemir, whose parents are Turkish, said on Sunday that he found it “inappropriate” for Ozil to invite the Turkish leader.Ozil — one of the world’s most popular footballers on social media with 31 million followers on his official Facebook account, 19.1 million on Instagram account and 23.9 million on Twitter — has an obligation as a role model, added Ozdemir.Another lawmaker, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, was equally unimpressed by his invitation to Erdogan.“The wedding is the private matter of Mesut Ozil, but he is a world star, who people look up to, so of course it’s a pity from a political point of view,” Lambsdorff told newspaper Welt.Ozil has dated Gulse since 2017 and the couple announced their engagement in June 2018.The Arsenal midfielder, a third-generation German, whipped up a political storm when he was pictured alongside Erdogan last May.Criticism intensified after the red-faced defending champions crashed out of the first round of the World Cup in Russia.In the wake of the World Cup fiasco, Ozil announced his resignation from the national squad, saying: “I am German when we win, an immigrant when we lose”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)