Gaborik continued his goal streak by scoring the first goal of the game just 34 seconds in. Gaborik now has six playoff goals to his name so far, Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar also continued their point streak each getting an assist.
Alec Martinez and Dwight King scored the other goals for the Kings, Jonathan Quick stopped 35 shots on the night, including an amazing pad save on Devante Smith-Pelley in close. Quick finished the game with an impressive .972 save percentage. This win gives the Los Angeles Kings a 2-0 lead in the series heading home to Los Angeles.
The only thing I didn’t like about this King’s victory is Quick’s altercation with Corey Perry. There is no reason for Quick to punch Perry and take that careless penalty. He’s very fortunate that the Anaheim Ducks weren’t able to convert on that powerplay. I believe that Jonathan Quick needs to take a page out of Carey Price’s book and just skate away in those situations. Quick has Drew Doughty and many other big players to protect him. The game was far too close for Quick to be doing stuff like that. Nevertheless, he got away with it on this occasion.
Patrick Maroon scored the only goal for the Ducks. This is the first time the Anaheim Ducks have lost both their home games since 2008, I have to say that things aren’t looking good for the Ducks at all. The Anaheim Ducks successfully outshot the Kings 37-17, but couldn’t beat Jonathan Quick. They now have to win at least one game on the road to stay alive in this series. And with the way that Jonathan Quick has been playing lately, that will be a very tough task. The Ducks are in desperate need of some secondary scoring. Ducks veteran Teemu Selanne has been non-existent so far, Corey Perry continues to lose his cool, get into scrums and take careless penalties. Jakob Silfverberg has used his speed affectively but hasn’t been able to beat Quick.
The only player that has remained consistent for Anaheim is Ryan Getzlaf. The Ducks will need a big performance from him in game three, Jonas Hiller will also have to rebound from this loss quickly. Hiller only made 14 saves in game two, and looked was well below average in my opinion. Yes, one of the goals was due to an unfortunate deflection. But he still didn’t play very well in my opinion. Game three is set for Thursday in Los Angeles. I can’t wait to see if Ryan Getzlaf will be able to provide a much needed spark for his team. I really hope Teemu Selanne will break out of this trance he’s in and have a big game three as well.
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