For the first time in Southern California history the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks faced each other in a postseason game, the battle was almost equal, but the Kings got a overtime goal winning the game 3-2 at Honda Center.
The Pond was filled with “GO KINGS GO” and “GO DUCKS GO” chants, (some Ducks fans also seemed to pick-up on the San Jose Sharks fans “Beat LA” chants). The fans have waited 20 years for this matchup, and they weren’t going to be quiet. From every hit, pass, and shot, the crowds voices were never stopped, and hard game was played, the Kings earned the crown.
Shots= Kings 35, Ducks 36
Power Plays= Kings 1/4 Ducks 0/4
Hits: Kings 41 Ducks 54
Face-off Wins= Kings 40 Ducks 34
Blocked Shots= Kings 20 Ducks 29
Jonathan Quick was in net for the Kings making 33 saves and Jonas Hiller was in net for the Ducks making 33 saves as well.
The first period started with a power play goal from Alec Martinez, assisted by Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar. The Ducks answered with a goal of their own, and the game stayed tied until the start of the third.
At the start of the second however Robyn Regehr for the Kings was announced injured and did not return to the game. He was hit by Teemu Selanne against the boards.
In the third period the Ducks got a 2-1 lead, and with only seven seconds and little hope remaining for the Kings, Gaborik buried a goal assisted by Kopitar and Mike Richards sending the game to overtime.
Overtime was an even chance of opportunities but Richards found Kopitar and Kopitar found Gaborik for the game winning goal.
Game two will be on Monday at Honda Center, 7:00 p.m. on TSN and NBCSN.Tags: Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL