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Previous Game: Ducks Thwarted Again by Quick, Drop Game 2 to Kings, 3-1

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 12:00 PM / News
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Previous Game: Ducks Thwarted Again by Quick, Drop Game 2 to Kings, 3-1
ANAHEIM \u2013 Try as they might, the Anaheim Ducks just can\u2019t seem to figure out Jonathan Quick. For the second straight game, the Kings goaltender was nearly infallible, this time stopping 36 Ducks shots to lead LA to a 2-1 victory in Game 2 and a 2-0 lead in this unprecedented Battle for California series.
ANAHEIM – Try as they might, the Anaheim Ducks just can’t seem to figure out Jonathan Quick.

For the second straight game, the Kings goaltender was nearly infallible, this time stopping 36 Ducks shots to lead LA to a 2-1 victory in Game 2 and a 2-0 lead in this unprecedented Battle for California series.

The Ducks outshot the Kings 37-17 in the game, including 27-9 in the final two periods, but a 4-on-3 goal midway through the first period was the only scoring they could generate.

"I’m ticked off right now," said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. "We’re in playoff time right now. There are no excuses for anything. We have to be better, I have to be better, and I expect our group to respond."

Anaheim’s desperation for a tying goal extended through the game's last 50 minutes, peaking with them sending goalie Jonas Hiller to the bench for an extra attacker with a little over a minute left. But the Ducks couldn’t get a shot off, and LA’s Dwight King chased down the puck in the Anaheim end and threw it into the open net.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was complimentary of Quick, but said his Ducks made things easy on him.

"He was pretty good tonight, but if you don’t get traffic in front of him and you don’t go to the net, you’re not going to score," Boudreau said. "If he can see everything, he’s going to stop it. There were no second chances. They blocked out. We didn’t get to the front of the net to get the rebounds for the dirty, greasy goals that we got all year. If we continue to play the perimeter, we’re not going to have success against him."

Marian Gaborik, the hero of Game 1 for the Kings, continued his hot play with the first goal of the game tonight. Just 34 seconds after the opening faceoff, Gaborik snuck in front of Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy and lifted a wrister past Hiller.

"That’s not the start that we expect of our group, especially us up front," Getzlaf said. "That’s not the way we can start a hockey game. That’s on us. We tried to work and get back at it after that. You can’t sulk on those things. We were able to respond pretty quickly after that."

Indeed, Anaheim got even near the midway point of the first thanks to a 4-on-3 power play stemming from a Drew Doughty hooking minor. Patrick Maroon attempted a blind pass across the crease, but it deflected off Kings d-man Jake Muzzin over the stripe.

LA went back in front with a little less than eight minutes left in the first when Alec Martinez (who scored the first goal of Game 1), hammered a slap shot that got behind Hiller. That would hold up as the game-winner, as the Kings defense was outstanding all night.

It started with Quick, who allowed precious few rebound opportunities, but extended beyond their net, as the Ducks had difficulty connecting on passes throughout the evening.

"You have to battle through that," said Ducks winger Corey Perry. "If you’re going to accept that, you’re not going to have any chances to score. We had a lot of shots, but the quality of second opportunities we didn’t have.

"He saw a lot of pucks tonight. That’s the frustrating part because we talked about that before the game."

The series shifts up the freeway to Los Angeles, starting with Thursday’s Game 3 at Staples Center.

"It’s a tough building to play in, but we’ve won there before," Perry said. "Hopefully we can go in and play that road game that we want to play. We’ve had success on the road this year, and hopefully we can do that."

The Ducks, who won four out of five against the Kings this regular season, took both meetings at Staples Center.

"We're depressed right now, but we'll build ourselves up tomorrow and be ready to go Thursday," said Boudreau. "This series isn't over. We can go to Staples Center, get a few bounces and bring this series back tied."

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 63 20 41 13 61
C. Perry 51 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 66 17 24 1 41
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
J. Silfverberg 65 10 20 11 30
H. Lindholm 63 6 23 20 29
P. Maroon 58 7 21 -4 28
C. Fowler 65 6 22 3 28
R. Rakell 55 6 19 5 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 30 8 5 .917 2.34
J. Gibson 9 5 0 .924 2.41

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