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Dwight King scores deciding goal, Kings beat Ducks 4-3 in shootout

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LOS ANGELES — Dwight King scored the deciding goal in the shootout and also scored in the second period, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 exhibition victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.

Jordan Nolan and Tyler Toffoli also had goals for the defending Stanley Cup champions and Martin Jones made 25 saves.

PHOTO: Los Angeles Kings left wing Tanner Pearson, left, takes the puck as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm, of Sweden, falls during the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Kings left wing Tanner Pearson, left, takes the puck as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm, of Sweden, falls during the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Emerson Etem, Dany Heatley and Ryan Kesler scored for the Ducks and John Gibson stopped 31 shots.

Kesler, acquired from Vancouver in a draft-day trade after spending his first 10 NHL seasons with the Canucks, played his first game with the Ducks and skated on a line between Jakob Silfverberg and left wing Patrick Maroon.

Kesler played almost 17 minutes before getting his first shot on goal, converting Maroon's pass from behind the net with 8:10 left in the third period to tie it at 3 — just 37 seconds after Toffoli scored on a breakaway to put the Kings ahead.

Last season, the Southern California rivals faced each other in a playoff series for the first time. The Kings beat the Pacific Division champs in a seven-game Western Conference semifinal and went on to win their second NHL title in three years.

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