Anaheim Ducks win game before 54,099 at Dodger Stadium
The Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings before a crowd of 54,099 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES – Corey Perry and Matt Beleskey scored first-period goals, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night in the NHL’s first warm-weather outdoor game.
Jonas Hiller made 36 saves in his 20th career shutout as the league-leading Ducks dominated the landmark meeting of Southern California’s two hockey teams under the stars at the famed baseball park. Andrew Cogliano added an empty-net goal with 1:29 left to close this unusual chapter in the NHL’s expanded slate of outdoor games.
The league threw a California carnival for the event that lured 54,099, filling left field with a beach-volleyball court and right field with a fireworks-laden stage where KISS performed.
People in shorts and tank tops played Frisbee and practiced yoga between periods while skateboarders rolled past a ball-hockey court that showcased youth teams.
Although the temperature was 63 degrees with significant humidity when hockey legend Wayne Gretzky dropped the first puck, the ice held up fairly well in the night air.
The Ducks’ outstanding season also remained solid in their 21st victory in 24 games. The Kings’ winless streak reached five (0-4-1) even though they outshot Anaheim 36-21.
In an outdoor game Sunday, the New York Rangers play the New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium in New York.