February 2, 2020 / 6:31 AM / 25 days ago

Ducks' Miller dazzles to stymie Kings

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Ryan Miller made 46 saves to lift the visiting Anaheim Ducks to a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

It was the most saves by Miller since he had 46 against the New York Rangers on Jan. 19, 2016.

Miller, 39, was making his 13th start as the backup to John Gibson this season. He improved to 11-6-4 in 22 career starts against Los Angeles, including 2-0 this season. He had 34 saves in a 4-2 win against the visiting Kings on Dec. 2.

Max Jones, Derek Grant and Jacob Larsson scored for Anaheim, which has won four of six.

Tyler Toffoli scored a power-play goal, and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves for the Kings, who haven’t won at Staples Center since a 5-3 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 31.

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead at 5:43 of the first period.

Kings right winger Matt Luff tried to backhand the puck out of the Los Angeles zone, but Anaheim right winger Ondrej Kase knocked the puck down with his glove and passed it behind the Kings net to Sam Steel. Steel sent a backhand pass out front to Jones, who chipped the puck high in the net for his sixth goal of the season.

The Ducks moved ahead 2-0 at 2:33 of the second period when Grant deflected a point shot from Cam Fowler for his 11th goal of the season, one shy of his career high.

Larsson made it 3-0 at 6:52 of the second when his slapshot from the left point sailed through traffic and hit the net.

The Kings cut the deficit to 3-1 when Toffoli scored at 17:21 of the second period. Toffoli took a slapshot from the right circle that squeezed between Miller’s right arm and body and slowly slid across the goal line.

Kings Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Drew Doughty missed his third consecutive game with an undisclosed injury.

Before his injury, Doughty had played in 460 consecutive regular-season games since the start of the 2014-15 season, the fifth-longest active streak in the NHL.

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