The Los Angeles Kings are blowing everyone’s mind right now. They just beat the “best” team in the Western Conference, twice, on their own ice. The Anaheim Ducks once again fell flat on their bills, losing to LA 3-1 at the Honda Center in Game 2 of the best of seven series. Here is how it went down…
The first period was rowdy and started with a bang for LA when Marian Gaborik went one-on-one with Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller 34 seconds into the game. The top line of Gaborik, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown continue to click for the Kings, who led the charge down the ice. Brown had tapped the puck to Kopitar who maneuvered their the neutral zone to get a pass to Gaborik on the left wing.
No deke, no fake out, just the top of net to once again claim the all important first goal. Kings up 1-0. Gaborik leads the NHL in the playoffs in goals with six, while Kopitar has an NHL best 14 assists.
Just over eight minutes in, Matt Greene and Bryan Allen got two minutes each for roughing each other. Thirty-seven seconds later Drew Doughty got called for hooking. The following 4-on-3 finally produced some action for the Ducks on the power play as Patrick Maroon directed a puck toward the net and bounced in off of Jake Muzzin’s skate. It was another Muzz Kill, but fortunately it did not rattle LA.
At 12:07, the Kings started to ruin the Duck’s night when Alec Martinez, who needs to get a multi-year contract locked down as soon as possible, continued his offensive production when he sent a slap shot over Hiller’s left shoulder. Kings went up 2-1.
1st Period Stats:
Shots: LA 8, Anaheim 10
Hits: LA 19, Anaheim 23
The second period did not see a lot of offense, but there was a lot of tempers flaring. After getting run into by Corey Perry, Jonathan Quick had retaliated by giving him a big glove to the gut. He got two minutes for roughing, served by Gaborik. There were four other penalties in the period with three committed by the Ducks and one more for the Kings.
2nd Period Stats:
Shots: LA 5, Anaheim 12
Hits: LA 14, Anaheim 15
The third period was played with the same intensity and staunch defense as the second, but without any dumb penalties. Both had continued to go after the other team, but neither would break.
The action escalated as time was ticking down. Anaheim pulled their goalie with about two minutes left. What was lucky for LA in the last game, was just the opposite for Anaheim in this game. With one minute left in the game, Justin Williams orchestrated a push down the ice and dished off to Dwight King who had pressure on him. He pulled off to left wing to give himself just a little bit of space and pulled the trigger on the open net to put the Kings up 3-1.
Anaheim had one last chance with the man advantage, but got nothing from it.
3rd Period Stats:
Shots: LA 4, Anaheim 15
Hits: LA 9, Anaheim 15
That is it. The game was over. The Kings go up 2-0 in the series, they have won six Stanley Cup Playoff games in a row, four road playoff games in a row and have the leaders in playoff goals and assists. I think it is safe to say that the Kings are very comfortable with their current situation. It gets even more familiar when they come home to Staples Center for Game 3 on Thursday night to try take a 3-0 series lead.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) May 6, 2014
Brace yourselves, this could get epic.
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