Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/6/14
The Kings captured two bolts of lightning in a bottle in the opening 12 minutes, 7 seconds of Game 2 of their second-round playoff series against the Ducks on Monday at the Honda Center. Then they spent the final 47:53 with a big white-and-black bus parked in front of their net. Or so it seemed. Marian Gaborik and Alec Martinez scored first-period goals and Dwight King added an empty-net strike in the final minute as the Kings managed to parlay a defensive gem into a 3-1 victory in Game 2 and a two-games-to-none lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 3 is Thursday at Staples Center. “We’re not taking anything off the gas pedal, trust me,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said after playing a team-leading 26:25, down from his 33:06 in a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 1. “Everyone in here (the Kings’ dressing room) knows how hard it is to win playoff games.” The Kings’ formula for success in Game 2 was similar to the one they used to frustrate and, ultimately, defeat the San Jose Sharks in the first round, when they became only the fourth team in Stanley Cup playoff history to rally from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-7 series. Grab a lead, then hack, whack, slash, hold, hook and play the sort of defensive game that drives opponents batty and makes advocates of the new analytics cry onto their laptops. The Kings were outshot 37-17 and barely had a scoring chance after taking a 2-1 lead on Martinez’s goal. Most of the final 40-plus minutes were played in the Kings’ end of the ice. Patrick Maroon scored the Ducks’ only goal, a power-play tally at 9:40 of the first period. The Ducks had flurries of extended pressure, but for the most part they lacked the second and third opportunities to put rebounds or stray pucks behind Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. “He was pretty good tonight, but if you don’t get traffic in front of him and you don’t go to the net, you’re not going to score,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said, cutting to the crux of his team’s problems as it attempted to rally from a 2-1 deficit. “If he can see everything, he can stop it.” Quick has stopped 69 of 72 shots in two games, most handled easily and with only token traffic. The Ducks’ pressure in the third period was unrelenting, however. Quick turned them away again and again, with a huge assist from his defensive-minded teammates.
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