LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- One bad bounce strengthened the playoff hopes of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim while putting a damper on the Los Angeles Kings' chances.
Samuel Pahlsson scored with 2:44 remaining to snap a tie and give the Ducks a 2-1 victory over the Kings.
"Visnovsky put the puck along the boards," Krog said. "I was able to stop the puck and I got the puck in front."
Patric Kjellberg was there to flick a shot that deflected off Pahlsson's leg and past Jamie Storr to give Anaheim the lead.
"I didn't see how (Krog) got it, but he put it out toward the net. We had a forecheck going and the puck pops out in front of the net," Pahlsson said. "Kjelly came right in and tried to push it toward the net. It hit me somewhere, it may have been the stick, maybe the leg. It doesn't matter, it counts."
"It was just a lucky bounce off the boards," Storr said. "I got a piece of it, then they took a shot, it bounced off one of their players and went in the net. It's unfortunate, but luck is part of the game. It (stinks), but that's the way it is."
Anaheim coach Mike Babcock disagreed.
"A lucky bounce? No, I couldn't say that it was lucky," he said. "I thought we did a good job to win. ... You go to the net and good things happen. It's just one of those things where we worked hard enough to get a break."
Adam Oates also scored for the Ducks, who snapped a two-game losing streak and remained four points ahead of eighth-place Edmonton in the Western Conference.
Ziggy Palffy netted the lone goal for Los Angeles, which fell six points behind the Oilers for the final playoff berth in the West.
"Whether we make the playoffs or not isn't going to be decided by one game," Storr said. "Whether we win or lose, we still have 16 games and that's 32 points we can still get. Our fate is going to be decided in the next 16 games, not the last 66."
"This is a tough one to lose because we battled hard and then lost on the bounce of the puck," Kings winger Craig Johnson added. "Thursday against Edmonton is a must-win. We're six points back, but if we beat them, we're right back in it. If we lose, there's a long way to go, so we just have to get a win."
After a lackluster first period, Anaheim cashed in on a 5-on-3 power play early in the second to grab the lead.
With Modry and Mathieu Schneider serving penalties, Paul Kariya completed a pass to Oates from the left point. Skating uncontested toward the net, the veteran center lifted the puck over Storr's left shoulder 44 seconds into the period for his seventh goal.
"It was a big win for us," said Kariya, whose team ended a seven-game winless skid in Los Angeles. "We hadn't beaten them in a while and it was nice to finally get a win here. It was ugly, but we'll take it."
"The mystique of LA, now we've beaten them on the road and we've beaten them at home," Babcock added. "I think we've turned the corner now."
The goal was Oates' 1,392nd career point, six shy of Jari Kurri for 15th place on the all-time list.
The Ducks nearly took a two-goal lead with two minutes left in the second, but Kariya's backhander from the low slot bounced off the right goalpost.
Palffy's sixth tally in as many games early in the third drew the Kings even.
Getting a feed from Visnovsky in the neutral zone, Palffy skated down the left side before blasting a shot from the faceoff circle that caromed off the near post at 4:37. It was his 30th goal of the season and gave him 25 points in the last 16 games.
Anaheim's top-ranked penalty-killing unit held the Kings scoreless on seven power plays.
"We didn't get any breaks from the referees, we were in the penalty box a lot tonight," Kariya said. "Our penalty-kill did a great job and Giguere made some big saves for us."
"It was inept," Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said of his power-play unit. "I can't remember it ever being worse than that. ... (The Ducks) do a good job of penalty-killing, but we just weren't very good on the power play. If you can't make two passes in a row, it's tough to be efficient on the power play."