The league threw a California carnival for the event, filling left field with a beach volleyball court and right field with a fireworks-laden stage where Kiss performed. People in shorts and tank tops played Frisbee and practiced yoga between periods while skateboarders rolled past a ball hockey court featuring youth teams.
Although the temperature was 63 degrees with significant humidity when Wayne Gretzky dropped the first puck, the ice held up fairly well in the night air. The Ducks' outstanding season also remained solid in their 21st victory in 24 games, while the Kings lost their fifth straight game.
The Kings hosted the first official outdoor game west of the Rocky Mountains in recognition of the NHL's near half-century in Los Angeles and their rivalry with the Ducks, who joined the league two decades ago.
The crowd was announced at 54,099 a number that likely made Gretzky smile.
SABRES 5, BLUE JACKETS 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio • Christian Ehrhoff and Marcus Foligno scored short-handed goals to lead Buffalo past Columbus, ending the Blue Jackets' franchise-record winning streak at eight.
Ryan Miller was almost flawless in goal for the Sabres, making 38 saves standing particularly tall on the Blue Jackets' four fruitless power plays.
Matt Ellis, Steve Ott and Cody Hodgson also scored for the Sabres, who had lost five in a row (0-3-2). Ehrhoff added two assists, tying a career high with three points. Hodgson also had an assist.
Derek MacKenzie had a goal and an assist and Mark Letestu also scored for the Blue Jackets, who had tallied at least three goals in each game during the streak.
Sergei Bobrovsky, who came in 9-0-0 with a 1.80 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in his past nine starts, had a forgettable game. He was pulled after giving up three goals including both of the short-handed tallies.
BLUES 4, ISLANDERS 3, SO
UNIONDALE, N.Y. • Kevin Shattenkirk and Alexander Steen scored shootout goals to lift the St. Louis Blues over the New York Islanders following a puzzling goal reversal call in overtime.
After T.J. Oshie tied it for the Blues with 27 seconds left in regulation, Thomas Vanek appeared to score the winner for the Islanders on the power play with 1:15 left in overtime but the play was overturned on review at the NHL offices in Toronto.
The puck hit Vanek's skate blade and dribbled past Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak, but a distinct kicking motion that usually negates goals wasn't apparent.
Matt Martin had put the Islanders ahead 3-2 midway through the second period, and Vanek and Kyle Okposo also scored in the first for New York. Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice for the Blues.
HURRICANES 6, SENATORS 3
RALEIGH, N.C. • Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators.
It was the third straight win for Carolina, which is 11-0-1 in its last 12 home games against Ottawa.
The result moved the Hurricanes, who had a 4-0 lead in the second period, a point ahead of the Senators in the Eastern Conference standings.
Nathan Gerbe added a goal and two assists for the Hurricanes, while Eric Staal, Riley Nash and Tuomo Ruutu scored.
Kyle Turris scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season for Ottawa, which also got a goal from Mike Zibanejad. Clarke MacArthur and Eric Gryba each had two assists for the Senators.
BRUINS 6, FLYERS 1
PHILADELPHIA • Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara each had two goals, Tuukka Rask made 25 saves and the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers.
Reilly Smith and Patrice Bergeron also had goals for the Bruins. The defending Eastern Conference champions are 3-0-1 since losing five of eight, and trail only Pittsburgh in the conference.
Claude Giroux scored a power-play goal for the slumping Flyers, who've lost four in a row. They're 2-5-2 in their last nine games, tumbling from second place in the division to eighth in the East. It's their worst stretch since a 1-7 start that saw coach Peter Laviolette fired three games into the season.
Steve Mason allowed four goals on 19 shots and was yanked for the second time in three starts since signing a contract extension last Saturday.
CAPITALS 5, CANADIENS 0
MONTREAL • Alex Ovechkin returned from an injury that sidelined him two games to start a four-goal second period as the Washington Capitals ended a seven-game winless run with a victory over the slumping Montreal Canadiens.
John Erskine, Jay Beagle and John Carlson also scored in the middle period as the Capitals, who had scored only three goals in their four previous games, dominated the first half of the game and then shut Montreal down.
The Canadiens have lost four in a row and five of six.
Casey Wellman, recalled Saturday from AHL Hershey, got his first goal of the season on a feed from Ovechkin on a 2-on-1 counterattack 8:38 into the third period.
Washington's Braden Holtby improved his record against Montreal to 5-0-0 with four shutouts.
LIGHTNING 5, AVALANCHE 2
TAMPA, Fla. • Tyler Johnson scored three goals to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Colorado Avalanche.
With the Lightning leading 3-2, Johnson doubled the advantage with 5:22 remaining and then completed his first career hat trick less than 2½ minutes later. The rookie center has 16 goals this season.
Mark Barberio and Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Lightning. Martin St. Louis extended his point streak to 10 games with an assist on Johnson's second goal.
John Mitchell and Tyson Barrie scored in the second period for Colorado.
Sami Aittokallio made his first start this season and second of his career filling in for injured Colorado backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere (back). Semyon Varlamov, who made 34 saves in Friday's 3-2 win at Florida, replaced Aittokallio, who gave up three goals on 18 shots, to start the third period.
JETS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 4, OT
WINNIPEG, Manitoba • Dustin Byfuglien fired a low shot past Jonathan Bernier 2:44 into overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Toronto's Phil Kessel took a pass from James van Riemsdyk and fired a sharp-angled shot past Ondrej Pavelec with 1:33 left in the third period to tie the score.
Mark Scheifele, Zach Bogosian, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little also scored for the Jets, who outshot the Leafs 32-28 through overtime. Little also had an assist, and Andrew Ladd added two.
Dion Phaneuf had a power-play goal for Toronto, Troy Bodie scored his second of the season and Tim Gleason had his first.
STARS 3, PENGUINS 0
DALLAS • Kari Lehtonen made 24 saves for his second shutout in three games to lead the Dallas Stars to past the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Sergei Gonchar, Jamie Benn and Rich Peverley had Dallas' goals, and Lehtonen also had an assist for the second consecutive game. The Stars have won their last three games by a combined 14-1 margin.
Gonchar had a power-play goal, his second score this season, with just under 5 minutes remaining in the first period against his former team. Dallas has scored with a man advantage in seven consecutive games.
Alex Goligoski, another former Penguins player, had an assist when Benn scored to make it 2-0 at 3:14 of the second. Peverley closed the scoring a little more than 7 minutes later.
SHARKS 3, WILD 2, OT
SAN JOSE, Calif. • Joe Thornton scored his second goal of the game with 1:30 remaining in overtime to lead San Jose to its sixth straight win.
Patrick Marleau also scored as the two longtime Sharks shined one day after signing three-year contract extensions. Antti Niemi made 20 saves and Joe Pavelski and Matt Irwin had two assists apiece.
Matt Cooke and Keith Ballard scored for the Wild, who built an early lead on the opener of a four-game road trip but still lost for the ninth time in their past 10 trips to San Jose. Darcy Kuemper made 29 saves as Minnesota lost for just the fourth time in 12 games this month.