LOS ANGELES — Dwight King scored the deciding goal in the shootout and also scored in the second period, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 exhibition victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.
Kesler, acquired from Vancouver in a draft-day trade after spending his first 10 NHL seasons with the Canucks, played his first game with the Ducks and skated on a line between Jakob Silfverberg and left wing Patrick Maroon.
Kesler played almost 17 minutes before getting his first shot on goal, converting Maroon's pass from behind the net with 8:10 left in the third period to tie it at 3 — just 37 seconds after Toffoli scored on a breakaway to put the Kings ahead.
Last season, the Southern California rivals faced each other in a playoff series for the first time. The Kings beat the Pacific Division champs in a seven-game Western Conference semifinal and went on to win their second NHL title in three years.