Anaheim – Under the sweltering setting sun on Saturday afternoon, the Anaheim Ducks hosted cross-town rivals, the Los Angeles Kings for Game One of the Western Conference Semi-Finals. The visiting Kings were able to tie the game up with just seven seconds left in regulation, and went on to win in overtime.
This series marks the first time the teams have met in the postseason, bringing national attention to Southern California. Both teams have loyal fan bases, which can now enjoy a full NHL playoff series and cheer on their team in person, since Staples Center and Honda Center are merely 30 miles apart.
It was the Kings that struck first, with Alec Martinez scoring in a power play, but Anaheim answered back quickly with Matt Beleskey's goal.
Neither team was able to score in the second period, and in the third period, the Ducks were able to take the lead with a backhander from Teemu Selanne.
With just seven seconds remaining in regulation, Marian Gaborik tied the game. Gaborik ended up scoring the game winning goal in overtime as well, becoming the first NHL player to tie a game within 10 seconds of the end of regulation, and to subsequently score the overtime goal.
Anaheim hosts the Kings once again for Game Two, tonight at Honda Center.