The last Kings-Ducks game, on Jan. 14, turned a bit ugly after the Kings took a 4-0 lead into the third period. The final period was filled with penalties and incidents, including two fights and a late game misconduct on Bobby Ryan for his hit on Oscar Moller.
Will there be any carry-over? I don’t think so. The teams are worried about playoff position, not revenge from a game three weeks ago. That doesn’t mean, of course, that things can’t get nasty again during the course of the game. Here’s what Terry Murray and Brandon Segal had to say on the subject…
MURRAY: “I don’t think there’s going to be any carry-over. The referee made the call right away. The games, right now, are too important for any kind of carry-over that might lead to something that determines the outcome of the game. This is big, a home-and-home series, with Detroit sitting there waiting. We’ve got to come out and play the right way.”
SEGAL: “You always have to expect them to come out hard. What happened last game, that was obviously out of frustration from them. We were up 4-0 and they were definitely a frustrated team. But they’re going to come out hard tonight, and obviously it’s going to be a physical game. It’s a great rivalry, and we’ve just to make sure we’re ready to go.”