Kopitar scores with 56 seconds left to lift Kings past Ducks

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ANAHEIMAnze Kopitar scored with 56 seconds left in the third period and the Los Angeles Kings rallied for a 2-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Friday.

Lias Andersson tied the score at 14:56 of the third period, and Jonathan Quick made 33 saves for the Kings (19-23-6), who avoided their fourth loss in the past five games.

Haydn Fleury scored, and John Gibson made 23 saves for Anaheim (15-29-7), which has not won a home game in regulation in its past 23 games (3-17-3).

Anaheim won 3-2 in Los Angeles on Wednesday. These teams play here again on Saturday.

Andersson denied Gibson his fourth shutout of the season when he scored off a between-the-legs pass from Gabriel Vilardi to tie it 1-1. 

Fleury, who was traded to the Ducks by the Carolina Hurricanes on April 12 for defenseman Jani Hakanpaa and a sixth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead at 5:37 of the first period.

Anaheim rookie center Trevor Zegras won a face-off in the Los Angeles zone and the puck went to Fleury at the left point. He scored through traffic for his second goal in 43 games this season.

The Ducks outshot the Kings 20-6 in the second period, but couldn’t add to their lead.

Quick made 10 saves shorthanded, helping the Kings go 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.

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