Sami Vatanen, Justin Williams

Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen and Kings winger Justin Williams collide behind the goal while in pursuit of the puck in the first period. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / May 8, 2014)

The Ducks revitalized their Stanley Cup aspirations Thursday, taking advantage of a late goal by Ben Lovejoy to defeat the Kings, 3-2, in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals in front of a sellout crowd at Staples Center.

The win, which cut the Kings' best-of-seven series lead to two games to one, might have come at a price, however, with Ducks starting goalie Frederik Andersen leaving the game midway through the third period after suffering what the team described as a lower-body injury.

Jonas Hiller, who started in net in the first two games of the series, made seven saves to help preserve the Ducks’ lead and the win. Ducks forward Matt Beleskey also left the game in the third period with a lower-body injury.

The Ducks capitalized on both of their power-play chances, with Teemu Selanne scoring in the second period off a 2-on-1 rush in the closing seconds of a penalty to Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. Corey Perry scored in the first period for the Ducks.

Mike Richards scored for the Kings with 31 seconds left in the game after they pulled goalie Jonathan Quick for the extra attacker, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Kings from seeing their six-game playoff winning streak come to an end.

Jeff Carter scored the Kings' first goal on a power play in the second period. Quick made 19 saves.

Game 4 is Saturday at Staples Center.

Ducks 2, Kings 1 (end of second period)

The Ducks’ ability to capitalize on Kings mistakes is keeping them in the lead heading into the third period of Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals at Staples Center.

Teemu Selanne scored his second goal of the playoffs late in the period following a 2-on-1 rush created after a Kings turnover. The goal came on a power play only moments after the Kings had killed a 4-on-3 advantage for the Ducks.

The Kings had more offensive opportunities in the second period, and their efforts on the power play allowed them to tie the score. Jeff Carter scored with the man advantage after a pair of beautiful passes from Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik helped set him up in the slot.

The Kings outshot the Ducks, 10-7, in the period and found scoring chances in front of the net in comparison to the first period. Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen, however, has looked solid in his first postseason start against the Kings.

But it was Selanne’s 43rd career goal that would put the Ducks ahead. Will the Ducks hold on and avoid a repeat of the late-game implosion that led to their Game 1 loss?

Ducks 2, Kings 1 (late second period)

Teemu Selanne scored his 43rd career playoff goal during a 2-on-1 rush following a Kings neutral zone turnover to give the Ducks the lead late in the second period.

The goal came seconds after the Kings killed a Ducks power play that featured the Ducks with a 4-on-3 advantage.

Nick Bonino gained control of the puck and passed it behind Kings defenseman Alec Martinez to Selanne, who beat goalie Jonathan Quick glove side.

Kings 1, Ducks 1 (early second period)

Kings forward Jeff Carter scored his third goal of the playoffs on a one-timer from the slot at 4:59 of the second period to tie the score.

Carter’s goal was set up by a couple of quick passes from Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik, who found Carter alone between the face-off circle.