Ducks down Kings


LOS ANGELES – Chris Kunitz scored two goals and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 25 saves for his 28th victory of the season and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2.

Rob Niedermayer and Joffrey Lupul also scored for Anaheim, which maintained fifth-place in the Western Conference. The Ducks can clinch a playoff spot with a win at Vancouver on Monday.

Andy McDonald and Teemu Selanne each had two assists for Anaheim.

Craig Conroy and Nathan Dempsey scored for the Kings, who have netted six goals in their last six games.

The 10th-place Kings have three games left to maneuver into a playoff spot. They trail San Jose by four points for eighth place.

Anaheim won the last four meetings between the Southern California teams, taking the season series with a 5-2-1 mark.

Niedermayer deflected in a shot by Francois Beauchmin 2:45 into the game and Lupul tapped in a feed from Selanne on a power play five minutes later to give the Ducks an early 2-0 lead.

Conroy got the Kings back into the game with a power-play goal in the second period. But Anaheim quickly responded, as Kunitz fired a 30-foot wrist shot past Kings goalie Mathieu Garon to make it 3-1.

Kunitz scored his second of the game during an Anaheim power play in the third period. Dempsey scored on a slap shot with just over 2 minutes to play.

Notes: Kings defenseman Joe Corvo was a healthy scratch. Corvo was the only Los Angeles player who had skated in all of the team’s games this season. … McDonald’s assist on the first Kunitz goal was the 200th of his career.

AP-ES-04-08-06 2101EDT