The Southern California battle continued on Monday night as the Los Angeles Kings gained another victory at Honda Center, 3-1, over the Anaheim Ducks. The Kings lead the series 2-0 in a long awaited playoff match-up.
Shots: Kings 17 Ducks 37
Power Plays: Kings 0/3 Ducks 1/4
Hits Kings: 42 Ducks 53
Faceoff Wins: Kings 28 Ducks 33
Both teams had eight blocked shots, but the true star of the night was the Jennings Trophy winners, who proved yet again why they very well deserved the award. The Kings defensive play was on point despite the absence of Willie Mitchell and Robyn Regehr.
Jeff Schultz form the AHL was called up on Sunday and played exceptionally tonight logging 19:58 of ice time, makings clean simple, and crucial plays to defend. On Sunday the Kings also recalled Colin Fraser, J.F. Berube, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Andrew Campbell, Brayden McNabb and Linden Vey from AHL-Manchester Monarchs.
Jonathan Quick truly stole the spotlight and proved why the award was presented to him, making 36 noteworthy saves. Quick made some big saves, the type of saves he is known for, especially during penalty kills. He was the first star of the game, second star was Alec Martinez, and third Patrick Maroon.
Seconds into the first period Marian Gaborik with a wrist shot put the Kings on the board, assisted by Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. The Ducks followed with a power play goal, and Alec Martinez came back to give the Kings a 2-1 lead, assited by rookies Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson.
The second period was scoreless, and the third period Dwight King got an empty netter assisted by Justin Williams to secure the Kings win.
The Kings have now won six straight playoff games. They return to home ice on Thursday for game three, 7:00 p.m., STAPLES CENTER.
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