Anaheim – With NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in attendance, the second game of the series started off with a bang on Monday night. Marian Gaborik of the Los Angeles Kings blasted in a wrist shot just 34 seconds after puck drop. The Ducks found an answer in the first period with Patrick Maroon scoring a power play goal, but it would not be enough, as Alec Martinez' snipe a few minutes after that (12 minutes into the first period) would prove to be the game winning goal.
Neither team was able to score in the second or third periods, with the exception of the empty netter by Kings forward Dwight King during the last minute of the game. It wasn't for the lack of effort however, especially from the Ducks.
Anaheim recorded 37 shots on goal throughout the game, while the Kings logged only 17, which is the lowest number in their post season so far. The Kings' previous low was 26 shots during Game 2 of the first round (the Kings recorded over 30 shots on goal for every other playoff game this year).
The Ducks also registered more hits (53 to 42), and had more faceoff wins (33 to 28). Relatively few penalties were called during the game, with the Kings and Ducks drawing four and three penalties, respectively.
Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau realized during the game that Kings forward Anze Kopitar was "dominating" Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf and adjusted Getzlaf's shifts in an attempt to change that match-up. Kings coach Darryl Sutter in turn responded by limiting Kopitar's ice time in order to preserve the match-up.
Kopitar, who had one assist during Game 2, is a finalist for the Selke Trophy, which recognizes superior defensive capabilities among forwards.
After the game, Getzlaf said he was "ticked off," likely describing the attitude of not just himself, but of his entire team.
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was credited by Sutter and his teammates for his critical role in securing the win. Quick's job was made a bit easier thanks to the Kings' defensive posture, which limited quality scoring opportunities for the Ducks.
Now, after having won six consecutive playoff games, the Kings will host Anaheim back at their home ice for the next two games. Game 3 will be held tomorrow night, and Game 4 is scheduled for Saturday night.