KINGS 4, DUCKS 2: Jeff Carter scored twice in his home debut and Jonathan Quick made 29 saves as Los Angeles moved to within one point of a playoff spot and damaged Anaheim’s postseason chances.
Carter, who was acquired from Columbus prior to the trade deadline, broke a 1-1 tie when he roofed a rebound early in the second and wired a wrist shot past Jonas Hiller later in the period to make it 3-1.
Captain Dustin Brown scored in the first period, Mike Richards notched three assists and Anze Kopitar added an empty-netter for Los Angeles, which has won three of its last four games.
Rookie Devante Smith-Pelly and defenseman Sheldon Brookbank scored for the Ducks, who remain seven points out of eighth place with 16 games to play.
Smith-Pelly beat Quick with a low wrist shot to the stick side 13 seconds after Carter’s second tally.
Brown collected the puck near Hiller’s pad after a shot by Alec Martinez and patiently found room inside the right post at 12:15 for his sixth goal in the last six games.
Brookbank tied it 3:27 later when his shot from the point fluttered through traffic and over Quick’s right shoulder.
Hiller stopped Brown’s shorthanded breakaway early in the first period.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Brookbank has three goals in 261 career games, two in the last nine. ... The Kings have won four of the first five meetings this season. ... Hiller made 16 saves and increased his franchise record with his 25th straight start. He is 15-6-4 during that span. ... Los Angeles improved to 80-0-6 in its last 86 games when leading after two periods. ... The Kings are 19-0-2 this season when scoring three or more goals.