Bobby Ryan had his first career hat trick in front of a sold out crowd at the Staples Center last night. Its a shame that the Ducks couldn't rely on just that to win over the Los Angeles Kings, as they lost 4-3.
After falling 0-3 to the Kings midway through the second period, Ryan took matters into his own hands and scored three goals in 2:21, a franchise record, to put the Ducks back in the game. The Ducks struggled to generate a successful offense and were unable to overcome the Kings' fourth powerplay goal for the win.
The Ducks had plenty of opportunity with seven power plays through regulation, and played most of the second period with a man advantage. The Ducks still allowed 27 shots and gave up four penalties, the last of which gave the Kings the chance to score their game winning goal.
JS Giguere was pulled from the net after the Kings scored their second goal in the first 37 seconds of the second period. Backup goalie Jonas Hiller didn't fare much better, allowing the Kings third goal midway through the second, and the game winning goal on a powerplay halfway through the third.
The Ducks hope to redeem themselves from this disappointing loss when they play tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning at home.
Lets Go Ducks