Selanne Leads Ducks Past Kings, 4-3

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Teemu Selanne scored two goals, including the game-winner with 13:32 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 Saturday.

Selanne fired a wrist shot from the left circle past Kings goalie Dan Cloutier to break a 3-3 tie. Joe DiPenta and Ryan Getzlaf also scored and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 28 shots for the Ducks, who won six of eight against their Southern California rivals this season.

Dustin Brown, Brian Willsie and Patrick O'Sullivan scored for the Kings who were playing their final game of the season. Los Angeles entered play Saturday tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the fewest points (71) in the league.

The Kings could enter Monday's NHL draft lottery with the highest percentage chance of securing the top pick in the draft.

The Ducks close out the regular season hosting Phoenix on Sunday before opening the playoffs at home against Dallas in a series that will likely begin on Thursday.

After Brown beat Giguere with a wrist shot from the left circle for his team leading 33rd goal to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead 12:24 into the game, the teams combined for five goals during a 5:06 span at the end of the first period and into the second.

Just 8 seconds after DiPenta whisked in a shot from the point for his first goal of the season, Selanne swept through the Kings' defense and around Cloutier for a backhand goal to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead in the final minute of the first period. The eight-second span between goals matched the Anaheim franchise record.

Selanne and Chris Kuntiz had teamed up for a pair of goals 8 seconds apart at Phoenix on Nov. 30, 2005.

Willsie drew the Kings even, swiping in a rebound of a Tom Preissing shot 2:21 into the second.

Getzlaf responded with a breakaway goal just 66 seconds later and O'Sullivan tied the game with his 22nd goal just 1 minute after Getzlaf scored.

Notes@: DiPenta was making just his third appearance in the lineup since Dec. 14 and his first appearance since Feb. 2. ... Anaheim captain Chris Pronger can return to play Sunday after completing an eight-game suspension for stomping Vancouver forward Ryan Kessler in a game on March 12. ... Kings players voted Brown the team's "Most Inspirational Player" and Jeff Giuliano as their "Unsung Hero." ... The sellout crowd provided a scattering of applause during a moment of recognition to referee Mick McGeough, who has announced he will be retiring after the season.


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