"We've said all along that we're not going to out-skill teams, we're going to outwork teams," Kings goalie Dan Cloutier said Sunday night after Los Angeles' 3-2 win over the high-flying Anaheim Ducks. "We may not have the skill that the Ducks have, so we have to do it in other ways. Tonight was one of those examples.
"We threw everything at the net, but that's just the way we have to play. We have to play that hardworking game - throw everything at the net and crash the net."
The Kings, beaten 4-3 by the Ducks in Los Angeles the previous day, did outwork them in the rematch, outshooting them 41-29 and skating with more energy.
Alexander Frolov scored twice for Los Angeles, and Derek Armstrong broke a 1-1 tie with his second-period goal.
Frolov's second goal, with 1:16 remaining, gave the Kings an insurance goal. They needed it because the Ducks' Todd Marchant scored with 38 seconds left.
The Kings ended a seven-game losing streak against the Ducks, including the three earlier meetings this season. Los Angeles also snapped a five-game overall winning streak by Anaheim, which lost for just the third time in regulation this season.
Kings coach Marc Crawford obviously was pleased.
"Sometimes it's fortunate for a team when you're playing a top club, you know you have to be great to beat them. We were tonight," he said. "We're very deserving of the win. We played hard and played physically and won with big hits. We did the right things."
Anaheim defenceman Scott Niedermayer agreed.
"They deserved to win," he said. "They were skating and played a good game. They played hard. We didn't respond well."
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said the Kings played with more desperation.
"It seemed like we got frustrated with it and didn't react in the proper way," he said. "There aren't too many times you can say that about this group, but tonight was one of those nights."
Frolov was cruising down the slot, took a cross-ice pass from Sean Avery and beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere from close range for his 16th goal. Marchant then converted on a rebound at the other end for his seventh goal of the season.
Giguere entered the game with 12:34 remaining when Ilya Bryzgalov, who got his first start since Nov. 17, went down awkwardly stopping a shot and had to leave the game.
Armstrong put Los Angeles in front to stay at 9:25 of the second period, picking up the puck during a scramble in front of the Ducks' net and flipping a backhander past Bryzgalov on the glove side.
After the Ducks opened the scoring on Ryan Getzlaf's power-play goal at 7:00 of the first period, Frolov evened it at 18:11.
Bryzgalov stopped 30 of 32 shots before he was injured. Giguere faced nine shots.
Lubomir Visnovsky's pass from near the slot set up Frolov's first goal. Frolov one-timed a shot from the top of the right circle that sailed into the net high on Bryzgalov's stick side.
Notes: Although they've won just one of four meetings against Anaheim this season, the Kings have outshot them 157-111, and have had at least 40 shots in three of the games. ... Los Angeles leads the league in power-play opportunities with 164. ... Teemu Selanne had two goals and an assist in the Ducks' victory over the Kings a day earlier, but was shut out in the rematch. ... Bryzgalov was 3-1-1 with a 2.14 goals-against average going into the game. He was 2-1-0 with a 2.65 GAA in three starts against the Kings last season. ... Giguere is 16-1-5.