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Video: Gaborik sends Kings – Ducks Game 1 into OT in waning seconds

May 3, 2014, 10:57 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Kings traded for Marian Gaborik for situations just like this.

His tired team needed a tying goal late in Game 1 as the Anaheim Ducks were nursing a 2-1 lead. While this isn’t the high-finesse type of goal many think of when they hear the name Gaborik, it was one of the biggest one in ages for the talented winger:

Gaborik already has four goals in this postseason.

  1. Professor Fate - May 3, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Was all set for the Kings to be down 0-1 despite outplaying the Ducks most of the game. Gaborik’s goal keeps the Kings alive in this very important first game of the series.

    • hrudey - May 3, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      I wouldn’t say that they outplayed the Ducks most of the game. I might argue in fact that the Ducks looked like the better team most of the night. Fortunately, a win doesn’t count less just because it wasn’t impressive. :)

      • Professor Fate - May 4, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        “Most” as in more than half. Except for a long stretch of the 2nd the Kings controlled play. They came out strong, as opposed to the San Jose series, and finished strongly as well. If the Kings had lost in regulation it would have been because they ran out of time, not because they were outplayed. How could you not have been impressed by that comeback and subsequent overtime win? Particularly by doing it with five d-men?

      • hrudey - May 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        They didn’t do a whole lot in the first after their goal – they were leading 5-2 in shots when they scored just before the midway point, and they ended the period with a total of five shots. They did play quite a bit better in the third than before, and OT was pretty solid, but it wasn’t even remotely close to a game they dominated. Luckily, it doesn’t matter who dominates, just who scores more goals, and if they get outplayed but win 11 more times I’ll take it. :)

  2. Professor Fate - May 3, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Gaborik just polished off a great comeback against a team the Kings hadn’t beaten all year. A sweet assist early, game-tying goal late, and now the overtime winner. Yeah, Lombardi did it again when he got Gaborik.

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