By JOE RESNICK
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Corey Perry got his ninth career hat trick and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Sunday night to climb within two points of their Southern California rivals for the Pacific Division lead.
The Ducks trailed the Kings by 15 points on Jan. 2, but since then, Anaheim has gone 19-4-1 and Los Angeles 12-10-2. The Kings have a game in hand on Anaheim with 21 games remaining on their schedule, including two more showdowns with the Ducks.
David Perron had one of three power-play goals for Anaheim — on an assist from Perry — and John Gibson made 27 saves to help the Ducks win their eighth in a row and 15th in 17 games.
Alec Martinez and Tanner Pearson scored for Los Angeles and Jonathan Quick stopped 25 shots. The loss ended the Kings' four-game winning streak.
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