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Video: Ducks defeat the Kings at Dodger Stadium in ‘Hollywood production’

Jan 26, 2014, 1:41 AM EDT

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In the biggest battle hockey has ever seen in Southern California, it was the Anaheim Ducks that came away victorious over the L.A. Kings.

Before a crowd of 54,099 fans at historic Dodger Stadium, the Ducks skated their way to a 3-0 victory over the struggling Kings, who have now lost their last five games.

The game was the main event to a party fit for L.A. The band KISS rocked fans before puck drop, and Wayne Gretzky was the guest of honor for the ceremonial faceoff at center ice before things got underway for real.

Legendary L.A. Dodgers play-by-play man Vin Scully was there, helping to kickoff the festivities. And the weather? Well, that wasn’t an issue. History was made when Corey Perry opened the scoring in the first period. Tempers began to flare when Kyle Palmieri collided with Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick in the third period.

It was an eventful evening. The players, well, they seemed to love it.

“We felt like rock stars. We had Kiss playing in the background. By far the coolest feeling I’ve had playing hockey,” said Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejov, as per Greg Beacham of the Associated Press.

The NHL, which will not go through with six outdoor games next season, seems to think it’s secured a victory on this night.

“Hollywood could not have scripted a more magical launch to the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series and this historic weekend for the National Hockey League,” said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in a statement released by the league.

“On behalf of all who enjoyed every minute of this exceptional evening, I congratulate the Kings and Ducks for writing another remarkable chapter in the history of hockey in California.

“Thanks to Dan Craig and his ice crew, who once again exceeded the loftiest expectations for playing conditions; thanks to the Dodgers and Dodger Stadium for their gracious welcome, and thanks to everyone who contributed to the creation of a spectacular experience for our fans.”

  1. skr213 - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    It was a great event. That said, some genius in the NHL marketing department needs to be fired for choosing KISS. Trying to appeal to today’s market by going with a band that hasn’t had a hit in 40 years? Their only cache at this point is with 50 year old men and a couple of hipster kids listening to them as some sort of ironic joke.

    • 950003cups - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:24 AM

      They must have saved a bundle with KISS. If they paid more than $50.00 for them to perform, they paid too much.

    • shortsxit34 - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:47 AM

      I’m pretty sure it had to do with Simmons starting an arena football team here for next season.

    • ipaintrinks - Jan 26, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      they should have picked a band that started in L.A. and let kiss do NY.

  2. lowenni - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    That’s a much better recap, thanks. Good writeup and highlights.

  3. patshal - Jan 26, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    When are the ducks actually going to lose a game. I mean seriously. They are destroying everyone except the jets at home. I like the ducks but it’s about time they lose a game. This was a great game though just like all outdoor games. It brings back memories from the old days.

  4. LampyB - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Kings looked terrible last night. The Ducks will lose when a solid opponent shows up to play.

    • esracerx46 - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Maybe, but those sweaters are pretty slick.

  5. jimeejohnson - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Ducks are the kings of L.A.

  6. joewilliesshnoz - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Hockey in Dodger stadium, what’s next, cliff diving in Sochi ?

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