It's all goose eggs for Kings as Ducks pitch shutout at Dodger Stadium


An iconic home of home runs and saves neatly morphed into hockey's temporary home on a historic January night at Dodger Stadium.

Of course, the startling transformation was not clever Hollywood sleight-of-hand but the guiding hand and mind of NHL ice guru Dan Craig.

Home runs may have gotten the night off but there were plenty of saves from Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller, who stopped 36 shots as the Ducks beat the Kings, 3-0.

Hiller has four shutouts this season; this one was the 20th of his career. There was the efficiency of Hiller, and at the other end of the spectrum was the continuing struggles of the Kings, who have dropped five straight games and now trail the Ducks by 19 points in the standings.

Those were the hockey highlights and lowlights on a festive day and night at the ballpark.

This was pure Hollywood, from beginning to end, topped off by a brief fireworks display after the final buzzer.

History officially started at 7:17 p.m. when Kings center Anze Kopitar and Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf faced off at center ice in the first outdoor NHL game in Southern California.

They took the opening faceoff as ears were still ringing from the pregame musical offering from the veteran band KISS, who were on the stage in right field.

"We had the Pope here," Dodgers legend Tom Lasorda said before the game. "We had the Beatles here. Now we have hockey here."

You could say 54,000-plus spectators wandered into a scrambled offering at Dodger Stadium — and a hockey game broke out.

So much was so different and so wildly out of the norm for the Kings and Ducks.

But one thing remained consistent on a night best diagnosed as severe mind overload in the outfield and the stands:

The Kings' scoring woes are serious and profound.

Indoors and outdoors.

And it wouldn't get any better against the best team in the NHL. The Ducks scored less than three minutes into the game and took a 2-0 lead by the 8:12 mark, with two goals in their first four shots against Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

Getzlaf was interviewed after the second period, greeted by a loud chorus of boos from what appeared to be a pro-Kings crowd.

"The ice is actually pretty good," he said, adding he was surprised by its quality.

The booing continued and Getzlaf, asked what the Ducks needed to do for the third period, replied: "We're going to try to keep these guys quiet."