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Ducks beat Kings 4-3 in SO, clinch West's top seed; Avs battling for No. 2 now

By MIKE CRANSTON The Associated Press Published: April 12, 2014 0

LOS ANGELES - Devante Smith-Pelly scored his first goal in regulation since Halloween, then got the only goal in the shootout as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 Saturday night to secure the top seed for the Western Conference playoffs.

The Colorado Avalanche cannot catch Anaheim now but the Ducks are more likely to rest players Sunday when Colorado visits, increasing the chances of the Avs winning and securing the division title over St. Louis, which players earlier Sunday. If the Avs win the division, the will have home-ice advantage vs. the Minnesota Wild. If they don't win the division, they will have the edge vs. the Chicago Blackhawks.

Nick Bonino and Matt Beleskey also scored in regulation and Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots for the Ducks, who will face Dallas in the opening round of the postseason.

Anze Kopitar had two goals, including the tying on with 3:12 left in the third period, and Dustin Brown also scored for Los Angeles. The Kings fell short of getting their franchise-record 47th win in their regular-season finale.

Both local rivals scored in the final 5 minutes of regulation, and Smith-Pelly then beat Jonathan Quick in the fourth round of the shootout.

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