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Lead back up to nine in the Pacific

December 28, 2014 18:45:28 UK

A regulation point for the Anaheim Ducks and a San Jose Sharks loss to the Los Angeles Kings saw the gap in the Pacific Division grow back to nine points on Saturday.

The Ducks, who return home Sunday to host the Vancouver Canucks at the Honda Center in Southern California, couldn’t get the better of the Arizona Coyotes at the Gila River Arena in Glendale falling to a Shane Doan shootout winner.

Rene Bourque had given the visitors an early lead in the first period over the Coyotes, only for Zbynek Michalek to equalizer a little over a minute later. That was the way the game remained leading to the overtime where Doan would be the only skater to light the lamp in the shootout.

Meanwhile, the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings moved even with San Jose on 43 points in the standings after getting the better of the Sharks at the Staples Center.

San Jose had spoiled the home opener for LA back in October and a Joe Pavelski strike early in the first had the Sharks contemplating a second straight win over their rival in the five-game regular season series.

However, three unanswered for the hosts through Tyler Toffoli, Anze Kopitar and Jake Muzzin was enough to see off the visitors who head home to await the arrival of the Canucks early next week.

The Kings on the other hand travel to the Pacific Northwest for the traditional swing through Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver before returning in the New Year to open a seven-game home stand.

The Kings are 5.50 to win the Pacific Division, with the Ducks 1.76 and the Sharks 5.50.

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