Game 2; LA leads series 2-0
ANAHEIM - It is extremely rare to see the Los Angeles Kings outshot by over a 2-to-1 margin. It's even rarer to see them limited to less than 20 shots. Surely, this would be a recipe for disaster for most teams, but not the Kings. They did their scoring early and turned on their defensive charm, if you will, for the remainder of the contest. In the end, it paid dividends.
Just 34 seconds into the game, Marian Gaborik picked up right where he left off in Game 1, scoring to get the game started. Gaborik's goal was assisted by Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. Also like in Game 1, fans erupted as if the game were at Staples Center. Monday night marked another case of Kings fans invading the Honda Center,
But the home team was able to tie it.
While on the power play, the Ducks got some help from Jake Muzzin as a Patrick Maroon shot banked off the Los Angeles blueliner skate and in. It was a tie game and 9:40 of the first. But just 2:27 later, Alec Martinez slapped home his second tally in as many games to regain the Kings' lead. The goal was assisted by the young duo of Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson. It would be a lead the silver-and-black would not relinquish.
After outshooting their opponents 12-10 in the first, the Anaheim Ducks did one better in the second with a 12-5 margin followed by a third period where they outshot the Kings 15-4. Jonathan Quick, however, was not the least bit rattled by the Ducks onslaught.
Despite taking a few undisciplined penalties, the Ducks were not lacking in effort. Quick, though, flashed the leather at times and stacked the pads at others to leave the home team scratching their heads. Overall, Quick turned away 36 shots to earn his team not only their sixth-straight victory of these playoffs but their 100th postseason win in franchise history.
No. 32 may not have had any support offensively for the latter part of the contest but with 58 seconds to go, Dwight King potted his first of the playoffs into an empty net, thanks in large part to Justin Williams who set up the goal started off by a great effort to get the puck out of the offensive zone before stealing and passing to King for the tally.
While they were still without Willie Mitchell and now Robyn Regehr, the Kings were nonetheless reliable on the blueline. Jeff Schultz, who replaced Regehr in Game 2, made his debut with the Kings on this night. But no first-day jitters were evident as Schultz logged a total of 19:58 of ice time while recording two hits, blocking two shots and displaying a great showcase of smooth passing, discipline and textbook defensive play.
Of their lackluster total of 16 shots, the Los Angeles Kings were led by Marian Gaborik who had four of them. Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov each led the way on the physical side with five hits each.
While they were outplayed for much of the game, the Kings nonetheless won the game and swept the first two games in enemy territory. The Kings now find themselves in an ideal situation (on paper, at least) where they return home with a 2-0 series lead. But both teams now have an extra day off before this series resumes as Game 3 is slated for Thursday night at Staples Center.