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The Ducks special teams were difference makers.
Special teams were a key to Anaheim's win in Game 4, and it went beyond mere numbers.
Sure, the Ducks were 1-of-3 on the power play while the Kings were 0-for-4.
But Anaheim scored a key goal with the extra skater with just 1:15 left in the first period. It was also the third straight time the Ducks scored on a power play in the series, having gone 2-for-2 in Game 3. The power play successes just added to Anaheim's confidence in this game.
Meanwhile, the Kings had two power plays in the first period while the game was still scoreless and couldn't convert on either of them.
In the second and third period, when Los Angeles was dominating the game, their power-play failures disrupted their momentum and restored confidence to the Ducks.
The Kings managed only three shots on goal in eight minutes with the extra attacker. They seemed determined to set up the perfect scoring chance and passed up many available shots in the process.
The Ducks now have three power play goals in their two wins in this series. They have only two goals at even strength in those two games.
In a series where goals have been very hard to come by, this special teams edge is a huge advantage for the Ducks.