1/25/97 -- 11:21 PM

Mighty Ducks-Kings


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Kai Nurminen scored the tying goal with 2:45 left in the third period Saturday, but the Los Angeles Kings lost four other goals to a video replay, a delayed penalty and two goalposts and settled for a 2-2 tie with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Rookie Sean Pronger scored his first NHL goal on a power play with 9 1/2 minutes left in the third period and Paul Kariya had two assists for the Ducks, who extended their unbeaten streak against their freeway rivals to four games.

Kariya, who scored the winning goal in each of the Ducks' previous four victories against the Kings, set up a goal by Steve Rucchin that pulled Anaheim even with 7:10 left in the second period.

Yanic Perreault scored less than two minutes into the game for the Kings, who are 8-7-4 against the Ducks.

Despite getting defenseman and team captain Rob Blake back in the lineup for the first time since he broke his hand on Dec. 26 against Phoenix, Los Angeles remained winless in three games since the All-Star break.

Pronger deflected a one-timer from Dmitri Mironov that Byron Dafoe stopped, but converted his own rebound to put the Ducks ahead 2-1. But Nurminen beat Guy Hebert high to the stick side with a 25-footer from the slot, after defense partners Bobby Dollas and David Karpa got tangled up with each other trying to clear the puck from in front of the net.

The Forum crowd of 16,005, the Kings' third sellout of the season, groaned when referee Stephen Walkom conferred by telephone with video goal judge John Pemberton before waving off the potential tiebreaking goal by Mattias Norstrom with 5:16 left in the second period.

Perreault overskated the puck in the Ducks' zone with the teams skating four-on-four, but Norstrom trailed the play and beat Hebert with a 40-foot wrist shot. However, replays confirmed that Kings forward Kevin Stevens had one of his skates in the crease while he was being checked by Mironov.

Perreault finished off a two-on-one break with Neal Broten at 7:20 of the third, but none of the players heard Walkom's whistle signal a tripping penalty against Perreault after he lost the puck to Anaheim rookie Darren Van Impe inside the Kings' line.

A minute later, Dimitri Khristich had Hebert at his mercy and hit the crossbar. The power play was set up by a five-minute major against Kings defenseman Sean O'Donnell for charging Rucchin.

Perreault, who scored seven of his his first eight goals this season in the third period, opened the scoring with his ninth goal. He rushed the puck the length of the ice, got a step on rookie defenseman Darren Van Impe and beat Hebert between the pads from 15 feet out with the Kings' first shot on net.

Rucchin was thwarted at the 2 1/2-minute mark on a sprawling save by Byron Dafoe, following Kariya's setup in front of the net. But the two collaborated again to tie the score.

This time, Rucchin converted Kariya's pass from the right corner for his 11th goal with Norstrom draped all over him at the edge of the crease. Teemu Selanne's assist on the play extended his point-scoring streak to 11 games, four shy of his club record.

Each goaltender was saved once by the goalpost. About five minutes into the game, Garry Valk beat Dafoe between the pads with a low shot as he came out to cut down the angle. But the puck ricocheted off the left post.

Hebert then got his first break of the game less than 6 1/2 minutes into the second, after Kings defenseman Doug Zmolek skated laterally toward the middle and sent a tricky 40-foot wrist shot toward the net with his head turned. The puck struck the right post and Hebert fell on his back to force a faceoff.

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