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Determined Ducks snap L.A.’s streak, cut series lead to 2-1

May 9, 2014, 1:04 AM EST

It wasn’t comfortable, but it was a win.

The Ducks did the business Thursday night at the Staples Center, surviving the loss of their starting goalie and a late charge from the Kings to win 3-2 and snap L.A’s six-game playoff win streak in the process.

The game was a virtual must-have for Anaheim, and the players responded as such. Leading goalscorer Corey Perry scored his first of the series just 4:05 into the game, converting a Patrick Maroon pass on the power play to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

The Kings tied it up early in the second when Jeff Carter scored his third of the playoffs, also on the power play, but the Ducks retook the lead at the 15:10 mark when the ageless wonder, Teemu Selanne, scored his 44th career playoff goal on — what else? — the power play.

Then came the third period, when the Ducks almost went south.

Starting netminder Frederik Andersen was forced from the game with just under 10 minutes remaining after suffering what appeared to be a lower-body injury. Andersen didn’t put any weight on his right leg upon exiting the ice, and Jonas Hiller — who started Games 1 and 2 of this series — was summoned from the bench.

Hiller got some breathing room at the 17:05 mark, when Ben Lovejoy sniped a high shot past Jonathan Quick to give the Ducks a seemingly comfortable 3-1 advantage. But with 31 seconds to go, Mike Richards batted home a Tanner Pearson rebound for his first goal of the postseason, making for a nervous final 30 seconds.

Thankfully for Anaheim, that would be it for dramatics as it held on and cut the Kings’ series lead to 2-1.

Notes…

Maroon’s assist on the Perry goal was his sixth point in the last six games, making him first rookie to record a postseason point streak of at least six games since Warren Rychel did it for the Kings in 1993…With an assist tonight, Anze Kopitar became the first L.A. player to register a point in 10 straight playoff games since Wayne Gretzky…After starting the series 0-for-4 on the power play, the Ducks are now three for their last six with the man advantage.

  1. aldog83 - May 9, 2014 at 3:08 AM

    Ducks out played KINGS.

    Quick made several great saves on quality scoring chances.

    But Kings did not put enough shots on net.

    Kings need to play desperate in Game 4.

    Can’t let the Ducks of the hook @ 2-2

    GKG

    • fpstratton - May 9, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Agreed. There were periods where the Kings had a territorial advantage, but, as you say, they really didn’t get enough pucks through to Anderson, who I think is vulnerable. This Ducks team may have more character than last year’s, so they won’t go down easily. The winner of game 4 will win the series, I think.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - May 9, 2014 at 4:36 AM

    The one bummer of the evening was that the Kings’ late goal kept Selanne’s goal from being the game winner. Alas, maybe next time.

    • patthehockeyfan - May 9, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      One man’s bummer is another person’s pleasure.

  3. terrier92 - May 9, 2014 at 4:45 AM

    Once again no Bloomfield

    • comeonnowguys - May 9, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      That’s so odd.

      And by odd, I mean totally expected.

    • comeonnowguys - May 9, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      It is sad, though, that we see some examples of good King fans right here on this article, and the first thing we think of is that dude.

    • blomfeld - May 9, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      I’M RIGHT ‘HERE’ YOU IDIOT !

      And please spell my name right too eh ? … it’s Blomfeld, not bloody Bloomfield ! Anyway, the bottom line is that the odds of us ‘sweeping’ you quacks were pretty much zero to none and you people know that. Therefore last night was essentially nothing more than us Kings throwing a ‘bone’ to you clowns. Enjoy it because it’s the last one you’re going to get !

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

      _______________________________________________________

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      Le Cheesy Pie with Peach Strawberry Compote ! :)

      1 sweet crust
      2 cups (500 mL) Canadian Cottage cheese
      1 pkg (8 oz/240 g) Canadian Cream cheese
      1/3 cup (80 mL) sugar
      1/3 cup (80 mL) maple syrup
      5 eggs
      1 cup (250 mL) cream 35 %
      1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
      1 can (19 oz/540 mL) peaches in juice
      1 cup (250 mL) fresh strawberries, hulled and cut into half

      “Oh yes, my little Duckies are a ‘good’ thing” … Martha Stewart

      • jimeejohnson - May 9, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        You mad, bro?

      • blomfeld - May 9, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        Yes James … I’m ‘very’ angry tonight !

        GO KINGS GO !! … CRUSH THE DUCKS !!!! … TOMORROW IS OURS !!!!!!!!

  4. patthehockeyfan - May 9, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    Boudreau made some changes, and Anaheim played a good game as a determined team to get the win.

    Congrats to Carts, Richie and Kopi! Well done in the effort!

    Let’s get ‘em Saturday, Kings!

    GKG!!!

  5. muckleflugga - May 9, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    comeonnowguys

    it’s a good thing we have list regulators such as yourself

    nurturing back-biting responses from one-line wonders with no discernible hockey knowledge, gleaned from playing or from careful game study … but take comfort in the knowledge you’re not alone

    were the likes of blomfeld to simply become bored with much of the drivel presented by you and your kind, these boards would simply dry up, left to the limited imaginations of those in need of thumbs-up succour from their unimaginative and humourless brethren

    you see it time and again, the intellectually challenged and the untutored generally, striving to reduce discussion to an empty nothingness wherein they are most comfortable … finding the lowest common denominator, stupidity

    among the nobodies and masters of nothingness, jealous and hateful toward those who have what they lack

    give me blomfeld every time

    • comeonnowguys - May 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Almost looking past the fact that you’re attempting to do some regulating of your own, you seem to be implying that I don’t want him around. As if that mattered. Also, that’s not necessarily the case.

      He’s got a schtick. Sometimes it’s amusing, sometimes it’s head scratching, sometimes (especially when it’s done in front-running fashion) it’s annoying. That’s ok. I’m annoying, too. Just ask my wife. I’ll own it.

      I was merely pointing out that there were some classy solid comments from Kings fans after a tough loss, and because Blomfeld’s rooted his routine so deeply into Kings-related bits here, that it’s easy to overlook that.

      But I’ll go ahead and wrap up my “drivel” since it’s now run out of relevance to last night’s game. Feel free to continue to completely miss the mark on who I am and what makes me tick. Perhaps that’s what annoys you so, that there are people in this world that don’t fall into your narratives.

      Anyway, I’m enjoying this series.

    • jimeejohnson - May 9, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Blomfeld’s on west coast time. It’s not like he was going to show up right after a big loss. How can you not like a guy who posts all those Elvis videos? Not a Kings fan but they earned their entry into this round the very hard way.

    • slysipops - May 9, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      is this a hockey forum……or public speaking 101 ?

    • blomfeld - May 9, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      MUCKLEFLUGGA = BILL SHAKESPEARE ‘PHT’ STYLE !!!!

    • blomfeld - May 9, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Hey ‘ComeonGuys’ … (ie: to each his own I guess?)

      I’ll have you know pal that I know Muckleflugga … Muckleflugga is a friend of mine … and you sir are no Muckleflugga ! … not today, not tomorrow, not forever !!!

    • blomfeld - May 9, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      *** special video presentation for James Johnson ***

      title: Anaheim Ducks = House of Sand
      recording artist: Elvis Presley (featured in the RCA film Paradise Hawaiian Style, 1965)

  6. paulerhythm - May 9, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    This is going to be a great series. This is so good for So Cal hockey! I am so glad to be witnessing this great game in a great State!

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