LA Kings shut down Ducks 3-1, take 2-0 series lead

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 6, 2014 at 12:56 am •  Published: May 6, 2014
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jonathan Quick made 36 saves, Marian Gaborik scored his third goal in two games, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round series.

Alec Martinez also scored for the Kings, who opened their first playoff series against their local rivals with two victories at a road arena packed with their own fans.

Dwight King added an empty-net goal for Los Angeles, which has won six straight postseason games and is halfway to its third straight trip to the Western Conference finals.

Patrick Maroon scored a power-play goal and Jonas Hiller stopped 14 shots for the Ducks, who couldn't crack the Kings' NHL-best defense despite controlling play for long stretches.

Game 3 is Thursday at Staples Center.

Postseason scoring leader Anze Kopitar had another assist for the Kings, who followed up their overtime victory in the opening game of the first postseason Freeway Faceoff with a methodical defensive performance against the high-flying Ducks.

Los Angeles managed just nine shots in the final two periods, but Quick comfortably sat on a one-goal lead for more than 46 scoreless minutes until King's empty-netter.

Los Angeles didn't need any last-minute heroics from Gaborik, who scored in the opening minute instead. Martinez added another first-period goal, and King scored after a bad pass by Cam Fowler with an extra Anaheim attacker.

The Kings played without injured defensemen Robyn Regehr and Willie Mitchell, yet still kept the Ducks' offensive stars largely on the perimeter. Hart Trophy finalist Ryan Getzlaf was held to one assist, while Corey Perry still hasn't scored a point in the series.

The game didn't look like a defensive struggle in the opening minutes when Gaborik continued his postseason scoring spree with his third goal in roughly 13 minutes. The Slovak right wing, acquired from Columbus near the trade deadline, scored the tying goal in Game 1 with seven seconds left in regulation before getting the overtime winner.



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