Consider it mission accomplished for the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings won their 6th straight game after falling behind 3-0 to the Sharks in the opening round, and it was Jonathan Quick and Marian Gaborik again playing the heroes. The Kings 3-1 win means they won both of the games on the road and return home with a chance to finish off the Ducks in a sweep.
Gaborik, who scored the tying and winning goals in game 1, continued his hot hand on the first shift of the game. He took a pass from Anze Kopitar in full flight through the neutral zone and was around Ben Lovejoy before he could turn and then beat Jonas Hiller just 34 seconds into the game.
Anaheim tied it up while on a 4 on 3 man advantage. Ryan Getzlaf fed a pass to Patrick Maroon on the doorstep with his back to Quick. He tried to feed Corey Perry breaking in back door, but the pass was intercepted by Jake Muzzin, but unfortunately for LA, Muzzin deflected it past his own goalie.
The Los Angeles Kings re-established the lead with just under 8 minutes to go in the first. Tyler Toffoli fed a pass from the corner to Alex Martinez, whose slapshot went off the butt of Jacob Silfverberg and into the top corner past a startled Hiller to make it 2-1.
After that it was all Quick as the Ducks pummeled him with shot after shot, totaling 37 in the game, but his teammate Muzzin was the only one who could beat him on this night. Dwight King added the empty netter to cap the scoring.
Jeff Schultz, playing in his first NHL game since March 2013, was forced to step into the Los Angeles Kings lineup due to injuries to Robyn Regehr and Willie Mitchell, was not expected to see much ice time. However, when the dust settled the veteran had played just under 20 minutes, the 4th most on the team.
The Ducks face an uphill climb if they want to get back into the series, and they have an extra day off to think about how they are going to do that as game 3 goes Thursday night at Staples Center.