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Gaborik’s heroics steal Game 1 in OT for the Kings

May 3, 2014, 11:29 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Kings “weren’t supposed” to come back from a 0-3 deficit against the San Jose Sharks in round one. Down some defensemen and undoubtedly a little winded from that clash with San Jose, it seemed like they were supposed to lose to the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 on Saturday.

… But that’s why you acquire players like Marian Gaborik. It wasn’t enough for the talented winger (and pending unrestricted free agent) to score the game-tying goal with just seven seconds left; he also scored the game-winner in overtime to give the Kings a 3-2 OT win and 1-0 series lead.

While the shots were close to even (36-35 for the Kings), there were times that Los Angeles seemed addled, yet they scraped out a win that could be crucial over the long haul.

Here’s video of the game-tying goal with some interesting details:

And here’s footage of that overtime-clincher:

Let’s look at other facets of tonight’s game:

Getting testy early

With little surprise, things got heated between the two in-state rivals, with this exchange ranking among the most heated:

While Robyn Regehr seemingly suffered an injury he couldn’t return from – the Kings unsurprisingly weren’t forthcoming about it – other players managed to shake off ailments and even contribute on the offensive and/or defensive side. Ryan Getzlaf stood out in that regard:

Ducks control certain spans of play

Chalk it up to fatigue or two strong teams refusing to give up space against each other, but there were some moments when offense was definitely difficult to come by. Much was made about the Kings failing to register a shot on goal for more than 17 minutes of game time (though the exact amount of time seemed to be in question).

Teemu Selanne scored a big goal – and his first of the playoffs – thanks to this move on Jonathan Quick:

The Ducks carried much of the play through the first chunk of overtime, but there were heroic moments like these:


Ultimately, it came down to huge breakthroughs in desperation moments for the Kings. Game 2 of this series takes place in Anaheim on Monday on NBCSN. If the Kings show us anything, it’s that a series often boasts plenty of highs and lows, so stay tuned.

  1. Professor Fate - May 3, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Alec Martinez was huge, saving a potential game winner in overtime with Quick sprawled on the ice. Great effort on both sides.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 4, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      This was a great hockey game ! Tell me if its just me but I seen no embellishments from these two squads which in turn made for a game were the refs did not decide the out come ! This was very enjoyable hockey to watch ,,scraps after the whistles,great goaltending offense this game had it all !

  2. barkar942 - May 3, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    As a Ranger fan, happy to see Gaborik doing well.

    • charlieconway96 - May 4, 2014 at 3:20 AM

      The chemistry between him and Kopitar is awesome so far. He seems like he’s playing with a determination to silence his detractors.

      • charlieconway96 - May 4, 2014 at 3:22 AM

        Or maybe its just the same old, “he shows up to play when he wants to” thing and he actually wants to right now. I really don’t care, I just hope the Kings keep winning.

      • cardsandbluesforever - May 4, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        was anyone else getting annoyed by the announcers pronunciation of Kopitar’s first name?

        kept calling him “An-chey Kopitar”
        everyone else including his coach says “An-zey”

    • jaybyrd99 - May 4, 2014 at 6:02 AM

      Agreed bark. I always liked him as a Ranger and it’s nice to see him contribute like this with the Kings.

  3. nightfireop - May 3, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    tonight’s game was definitely a steal; but it goes to show that anaheim has proven critics wrong with their goaltending. hiller is still very hard to beat (as evidenced by a ppg and a desperation lucky-bounce goal) and will continue to give kings a run for their money.


  4. valoisvipers - May 3, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    James O’B here is a S see if you can find where it belongs in your article. LOL

    • James O'Brien - May 4, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      Fixed. And that was scary for a (s)econd.

      • valoisvipers - May 4, 2014 at 12:24 AM

        LOL Good come back O’B!

      • kaptaanamerica - May 4, 2014 at 1:06 AM

        Everyone who was spouting off saying, ‘where’s Blomfeld?’ When San Jose was up three games to none should eat crow by publicly posting a retraction.

      • cyggyx1 - May 4, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        8 video links. Great way to slow down your readers

    • blomfeld - May 4, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      ‘Stand Down’ from your concerns friend … comrade O’Brien is definitely ‘not’ a communist !

      Dearest Valoisvipers,

      my Anglo friend from old Fort Ville-Marie … please know that O’Brien and crew are ‘ardent, staunch and values-driven’ supporters of our glorious LA Kings ! … yes sir ! … and therefore I would submit to you that any ‘concerns’ which you might be having with this particular article are nothing more than pure ‘fancy’ if you please ? … all is good and ‘on with the show’ as Ed Sullivan used to say ! :)

      • valoisvipers - May 4, 2014 at 12:23 AM

        Blomfeld, Yes I indeed was having a little fun at the expense our Comrade O’B, he is finely skilled in his craft and witty as his response showed. It must be something in the air from Gabby’s heroics. Oddly enough I happened to say to my wife during the first period that Gabby was going to do something special tonight and he sure did!

    • blomfeld - May 4, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      Thank you Comrade Kapitan America …

      friend, I appreciate your kindness and decency … of course I was ‘electronically’ silent after the first two games of that series, as the ‘shock & pain’ of what evolved was almost too much to bear, even for me Blomfeld … nonetheless, I remained convinced deep down that ‘ours’ is a team guided by righteousness and providence and in the end it was proven so … anyway, I don’t readily recall which team it is you support ? … nonetheless, I would implore you to now pick up a musket and ‘fall in’ with us LA Kings … we’re going places man and it’s gonna be a blast ! :)

      “May it be that comrade Kapitan America is forever blessed with lakes of ‘expensive’ wine and armies of ‘highly’ attractive women ! … inshallah

      • cyggyx1 - May 4, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        Can we deport this prick blomfelcher?

      • kaptaanamerica - May 4, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Thanks for the message, but just fyi, the wine and women thing in heaven is something wished for by satan/ evil inspired jihadists, not for me.

        In my line of thinking its more about unity with the creator/ universal energy.

      • blomfeld - May 4, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        Kaptaanamerica …

        do keep in mind that most of my offerings here at PHT are given ‘tongue in cheek’ eh ? … nonetheless, your statement that “in my line of thinking it’s more about unity with the creator/ universal energy” pretty much mirrors my own personal take on life … with all kidding aside, I believe that the idea is to always leaves things in a ‘better’ state compared to when you first met them … be good friend … Blomfeld :)

  5. blueshirtsfaithful - May 3, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    I’m so happy gabby is doing good!!!!

  6. blomfeld - May 3, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve” …

    Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, December 1941, in the aftermath of Operation Hawaii


    DUCK YOU !!! :) :) :)

    Friends, I got home just in time tonight from another ‘long, tiring, yet satisfying’ day at my store to witness God’s will … 3-2 Kings … you just gotta love it man ! :) You know, I have to say that I’ve nothing ‘personal’ against the Ducks or their fans. They seem like a decent enough bunch, despite the fact that I’ve never met an ‘actual’ Duck fan in my life ? (ie: and that includes the two years I domiciled in the South Bay area). Nonetheless, these people are now the ‘enemy’ and so the sooner we dispose of them the better, as it’s ‘Hawk’ blood which we crave !

    GO KINGS GO !!! .. TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    executive sidebar: man is Carter ever upping his game eh ?

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 4, 2014 at 1:37 AM

      Crave is one thing – success is another. If we have an encore WC finals, I’d still project the Hawks as the champs.

      • blomfeld - May 5, 2014 at 12:02 AM

        “If we have an encore WC finals” …

        We ‘will’ Solutions, trust me … :)

    • parasolmonster - May 4, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      Your store? There’s a Blomfeld’s somewhere in the greater LA area??

      Please tell me your store specializes in transferring old VHS concert performance tapes to YouTube.

      • blomfeld - May 5, 2014 at 12:04 AM

        Yes friend ! … we at Blomfeld’s can do that for you ! :)

    • cyggyx1 - May 4, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      Between you and the high school writing staff, this site is becoming unbearable.

      Next time James, just type, Here’s the game, and then post the game video in its entirety.

    • cyggyx1 - May 4, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      We’re not friends. We’re enemies. You called it. Plus I don’t like you on general principle.


    • machosasquatcho - May 4, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Ahh yes blomfeld: Kings fan since 2012.

      The world would be a better place if you weren’t in it.

      • indianhead1992 - May 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        That’s how I feel too.

        Blomfeld was no where to be scene until the Kings made it to game 7.

        He is just like the majority of Kings fans (not all), won’t show themselves until the Kings are winning. It’s sad, but true.

        Sorry Comrade Blomfeld, but your name should be in Webster’s Dictionary next to “fair-weather fan”.

      • blomfeld - May 5, 2014 at 12:10 AM

        Machosasquatcho & Indianhead = human vermin ! … and that’s a shame 😦

  7. jason9696 - May 3, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Now the Ducks know how the Stars felt.

  8. phxyotes - May 4, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Hiller played well enough to win, just didn’t get the offensive support. Grats Kings on a gritty win.

    • cyggyx1 - May 4, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      Just one of those night where the Kings were getting the lucky bounces. Smith-Pelly had some grade A chances, Perry, as well. No prob, Its just the first game. It should be a long series, which is good for SoCal hockey. Plus these are the only two California teams that matter anyway.

      • blomfeld - May 5, 2014 at 12:11 AM

        go back to the valley you loser !

      • cyggyx1 - May 6, 2014 at 1:10 AM

        I’m from Lakewood you tool.

  9. rocoop - May 4, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Great game….This will be a nail-biter series for both sides

  10. aldog83 - May 4, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Quick never ceases to amaze.

    Credit to ALL the Kings Defensemen for holding up over 3 and 1/2 periods with just 5 Dmen.

    Kings needed to steal this game and home ice.

    Hiller played great. which worries me. I was hoping we could run him out an force a musical chairs situation with Anderson.

    However the greater problem is that we need to play the rest of the series and Mitchell and Reghyr two of our defensive horses are hurt. Get well soon we need you guys badly!!!!

    Thanks to DEAN LOMBARDI for putting together this group who FIGHTS till the END like NO team I have ever followed!!!!

    Another great night to be a KINGS fan.


    • blackhawksdynasty - May 4, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Quick never ceases to amaze me too….amazing how an “all world” goalie can beat average teams, but consistently buckles under the pressure when facing an elite team – and subsequently gets yanked!

      Enjoy the 2nd round – Quick’s Queens will be dispatched in the WCF for the 2nd consecutive year – by the same team!


      • kaptaanamerica - May 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        I hope the LAK emerge healthy from this series and lay the beating on Toes and company that they so richly deserve. they were a fluke last year since LA were so beat up going into that series.

        I hope this year they are healthy and Brown beats the snot right out of Toes in game 1 and then Richards lays a beating on him in game 2. In game 3 maybe it’ll be Kopi pounding his arrogant a* into the ice and in game 4 when it’s all but over maybe it’ll be Williams taking a piece.

        Hawks suck.

      • blomfeld - May 5, 2014 at 12:14 AM


  11. namriverrat69 - May 4, 2014 at 2:42 AM

    It seemed as though the Kings were just a tad slow and out of cinc enough during the first 3 periods and they were struggling to maintain staying with the Ducks. Jonathan B. Quick’s lightning quick reflexes and flexibility kept them in the game as well as the shorthanded defense playing lights out.

    Then in Overtime the Kings came alive. Their game jumped up a notch and they were playing with the style and grace that beat San Jose. Keep it up boys for 3 more wins and then 8 more after that..

    GO KINGS GO!!!

  12. luvusa1 - May 4, 2014 at 3:04 AM

    Thanks to DEAN LOMBARDI for putting together this group who FIGHTS till the END like NO team I have ever followed!!!!

    Really? To a certain extent yes, but Hextall deserved much of the credit for drafting of the young core…funny how King’s fans are lauding Lombardi when you were ready to run him out of town…

    • blomfeld - May 5, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      DUCK YOU PAL !

  13. kingsfan93 - May 4, 2014 at 4:25 AM

    First off, great game by both teams.

    I don’t think the Kings STEAL this game by any means because the Kings didn’t get outplayed, hustled or ran out of the building by the Ducks. If the Kings didn’t just sit in the 2nd period for about 15min. worth, the Ducks wouldn’t of looked like they were in control of the period. In overtime, both teams had their chances. Ducks had their couple grade A opportunities, but denied by J. Quick and company.

    That when comes playoffs, unexpected things can happen. A big play or save made by a goalie with the team needing the big hero and that was the case with M. Gaborik.

    Hiller was not tested enough to say he played unbelievable. He made the little saves when needed, but just didn’t come up with the big saves when needed.

  14. mellard1121 - May 4, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    I’m not a fan of either team but what a good game and I’m happy for gaborik a lot of ppl thought he was all done because of his injury history but he’s a hell of player when healthy and glad to see him find his groove

  15. jeffr85392 - May 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Your boys are looking good, blomfeld. I’m still thinking Kings-Bruins in the Finals.

    • blomfeld - May 5, 2014 at 12:22 AM

      Comrade jeffr85392 …

      it’s ‘very’ possible that could happen, even though I’d love for us to do a ‘number’ on the Frenchies in the final … nonetheless, we’ll see in due course as it’s all in God’s hands now eh ? :)

      “don’t ever let a Duck take food from your family’s table”

      • cyggyx1 - May 6, 2014 at 1:13 AM

        Go back to commie russia you loser!!

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