The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 on Friday night at Honda Center in one of the final preseason games for both teams before flying to Europe for the 2011 NHL Premiere. Newly-acquired forward Mike Richards scored his first-goal of the preseason as a King. Willie Mitchell netted the game-winning goal late in the third period with a slap shot from just inside the blueline that beat Ducks goaltender Dan Ellis. Ellis took over the Ducks net for starter Jonas Hiller midway through the second period. Jonathan Bernier played the entire game for the Kings and stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced. 41-year-old Teemu Selanne scored the lone goal for the Ducks in the second period on the power play. Anze Kopitar scored an empty-net goal to seal the win for Los Angeles.
The Kings made two significant roster moves over the past 48 hours: signing restricted free-agent defenseman Drew Doughty to an 8-year, $56-million extension and signing training camp invitee Trent Hunter to a 1-year deal worth $600,000. The Kings head to Las Vegas to play the Colorado Avalanche Saturday night in their Annual Frozen Fury matchup. The Ducks head to Finland for their final exhibition matchup Tuesday against Jokerit Helsinki, Selanne’s former SM-Iiiiga team.