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Kings hold court against Ducks in Anaheim

Kings & Ducks battle So Cal Supremacy
Kings & Ducks battle So Cal Supremacy
Debora Robinson

Overcoming a four game losing streak against the Anaheim Ducks, the Los Angeles Kings emerged victorious to take game one, 3-2 in overtime.

Marian Gaborik was the MVP of the game, scoring just seven seconds left in the third period that tied the game. In the overtime period, Gaborik scored again going past goalie Jonas Hiller, with just twelve minutes left that sealed the win.

"We did a good job on the forecheck," Gaborik said. "The puck got to Kopi, he saw me driving to the net, and made a nice play. I just tried to tip it in."

This was a series twenty years in the making, and the first time both teams faced each other in a playoff series.

"They just threw it at the net," Hiller said. "I thought I got a piece of it, but it got up in the air and he batted it out of the air back door. We weren't strong enough.

In front of a very excited crowd, Teemu Selanne was just too fast for Jonathan Quick and scored his first goal of the playoffs, that gave the Ducks the 2-1 lead in the third period.

After the Kings' Alec Martinez scored the first goal off the power play, the Ducks' Matt Beleskey responded with the tied goal in the first period.

Quick made several impressive saves throughout the game, especially in overtime when they Ducks had an opportunity, but failed. The Kings remained aggressive throughout the overtime period where Gaborik was successful.

"Gaborik is a big reason that we won the first round, and if he hadn't finished some of those opportunities it would have only gone six," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "If you look at both those goals, those are classic goals."

The Kings took home ice away from the Ducks, continuing their five game winning streak, dating back to their four straight wins against the San Jose Sharks.

The two teams will drop the puck again on Monday night at the Honda Center.

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