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Guy Hebert came within 3:46 of his second straight shutout, finishing with 38 saves, and Johan Davidsson scored his first NHL goal as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks topped the struggling Los Angeles Kings, 3-1.

After making 24 saves in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Calgary, Hebert stopped all 21 shots over the first 40 minutes. He kept the Kings scoreless until Olli Jokinen's power-play goal cut the deficit to 2-1 at 16:14.

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  • Hebert preserved the lead with several excellent stops in the waning minutes. He made a pad save on Philippe Boucher's right point blast with 2:01 remaining, rejected Vladimir Tsyplakov's stuff attempt 16 seconds later and gloved Yanic Perreault's backhander with 75 seconds to play.

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    Anaheim's Stu Grimson, left, got the best of Mark Visheau and the Kings. (AP)
    Green scored his first goal of the season and Paul Kariya tallied into an empty net for Anaheim, which has won three of its last four games to climb back to the .500 mark at 6-6-4. The Ducks have won two of three games despite the absence of star right wing Teemu Selanne, who is sidelined with a strained right thigh muscle.

    The Kings went on their third power-play of the game at 17:17 of the first perio when Kevin Haller was called for boarding. But it was the Ducks who opened the scoring 72 seconds later.

    Luc Robitaille sent a pass to an unmanned point and Marty McInnis took off down the left boards. McInnis put on the brakes at the top of the left faceoff circle and fed Green, who pulled to his backhand and flipped the puck over a diving Manny Legace.

    With Sean O'Donnell serving a cross-checking penalty, Davidsson doubled Anaheim's lead 2:58 into the second period. Legace stopped Ruslan Salei's dump-in but Mattias Norstrom overskated the puck. Davidsson took control at the bottom of the right circle and put a wrist shot over Legace's left shoulder.

    Los Angeles has lost a season-high four straight games and dropped to 1-7-1 in its last nine.

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