Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 5/5/13
They say its not a series until you lose on home ice. Faced with the prospect of going down three games to none, the defending Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings returned home Saturday night and hung on for a 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues. LA now trails in the series 2-1. Goalie Jonathan Quick was once again sharp, turning back all 30 shots in recording his fifth career playoff shutout. The biggest save of the game though may have come from Kings forward, Justin Williams. It was Williams' diving poke check on Andy McDonald in the slot area with less than five minutes to play that saved the day and helped preserve the win. This is playoff time. It is my favorite time of the year, said Williams. "Thats when my juices get going. This is what hockey players love to do. Play in the playoffs. Play in important games. I love moving on. I love winning. Though trailing 2-0 in the series, Kings players felt that a little home cooking was all they would need to get back into the series. With the victory, LA has now won eight straight at home. I think were focused, added captain Dustin Brown. We put ourselves in a hole two-nothing coming back home. We took care of business tonight, but its always about the next game this time of the year. That next game will be at home Monday night, where the Kings will look to even up the series. There is an adage that specialty teams are the key to victory in the playoffs. The Anaheim Ducks used power play goals by Nick Bonino and Matt Beleskey and a shorthanded marker by Ryan Getzlaf in their 4-0 blanking of the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night. Long Beach, Calif. native Emerson Etem also chipped in with his first ever playoff goal as the Ducks took a 2-1 series lead heading into Game 4 on Monday night. The Ducks' blanking of the Red Wings was their first shutout of Detroit in 28 playoff games. While the Ducks won the game on the ice, they may have lost defenseman Toni Lydman for an extended period of time. Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader was assessed a five minute major in the second period for charging after he skated across the ice and left his feet for the punishing hit on the Ducks' defenseman. Lydman left the game and did not return. The Ducks took advantage just 18 seconds later when Nick Bonino found the back of the net to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead. We had a real bad hit there, said Bonino. No one overreacted and we got a goal. Thats how you hurt them. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had a different perspective on the play. I didnt think his arms were up or anything like that. I thought he hit him on the shoulder. Hes a big guy. He hit him hard. Im not going to say anything, said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. Mr. Shanahan (head of NHL player safety) can look into it. He can read into it what he thinks. Anaheim heads into Mondays contest with the chance to go up three games to one and put a stranglehold on the series.
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