An old winger and a cold goalie. That’s not exactly how the Ducks intended to win.

The Ducks, to a large extent, followed their plan Thursday night. They moved the puck with speed and poise, forechecked effectively and got traffic in front of the Kings’ net. Then, when it all nearly blew up in their faces in the third period, they held on and regained some life in this second-round playoff series.

Thanks to a tiebreaking, second-period power-play goal from 43-year-old Teemu Selanne, and some gutsy late-game saves from out-then-in goalie Jonas Hiller, the Ducks beat the Kings, 3-2, in Game 3 on Thursday at Staples Center.

The Kings still lead, 2-1, in the best-of-7 series, and host Game 4 on Saturday night, but they had a chance to essentially put a death grip on the series Thursday and couldn’t take advantage.

“I always joke about how we sell tickets,” said Selanne, whose goal gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead that they extended to 3-1 with Ben Lovejoy’s third-period goal. “We always make it interesting in our games.”
Not always in a good way. The Ducks were nursing their Selanne-given lead midway through the third period when goalie Frederik Andersen went down during a net-front scramble and didn’t get up.

Andersen had his right knee examined by a trainer, then skated gingerly to the bench. On came Jonas Hiller, who had performed well in the first two games of the series but lost his starting job to Andersen.
“It’s a different world, being on the bench,” Hiller said. “I had to quickly focus on stopping the puck.”
Hiller, tested on the first shift after his entry, made a leg save on Drew Doughty’s shot. Hiller stopped seven of the eight shots he faced, beaten only by a final-minute Mike Richards goal that made it 3-2. The Ducks held on and prevented the Kings from taking a commanding lead in the series.