Byfield makes NHL debut for Kings in loss to Ducks


LOS ANGELESCam Fowler scored with 1:01 remaining in the third period and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Staples Center on Wednesday to end a five-game losing streak.

Quinton Byfield, the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut for the Kings. The 18-year-old center had four shots on goal and won 8-of-12 face-offs in 17:21 of ice time. 

The Ducks (15-28-7) were eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoffs contention when the St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Wednesday. John Gibson made 28 saves.

Calvin Petersen made 19 saves for the Kings (18-23-6), who have not won consecutive games since a six-game winning streak Feb. 11-24.

The teams continue their four-game set in Anaheim on Friday.

Gabriel Vilardi put the Kings up 1-0 at 4:50 of the second period on the power play. Adrian Kempe‘s shot from the point was saved by Gibson, but Trevor Moore kept the rebound alive to set up Vilardi with a shot into an open net from outside the crease.  

Kempe made it 2-0 with a shorthanded goal at 11:01. There was miscommunication between Gibson and Fowler as they each went to play the puck, allowing Kempe to shoot it into an empty net for his 14th goal.

Sam Carrick got the Ducks back within 2-1 at 12:53 by beating Petersen five-hole before barreling into the goalie.  

Sam Steel made it 2-2 at 16:35 when he scored his sixth goal on a wrist shot from the high slot. 

Fowler scored on a wrist shot from the slot at 18:59.

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