Kings win 6th consecutive playoff game
Gaborik, Kopitar lead NHL stat categories
Jonathan Quick made 36 saves, Marian Gaborik scored his third goal in two games, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round series.
Alec Martinez also scored for the Kings, who opened their first playoff series against their local rivals with two victories at a road arena packed with their own fans.
Dwight King added an empty-net goal for Los Angeles, which has won six straight post-season games and is halfway to its third straight trip to the Western Conference finals.
Patrick Maroon scored a power-play goal and Jonas Hiller stopped 14 shots for the Ducks, who couldn't crack the Kings' NHL-best defence despite controlling play for long stretches.
Game 3 is Thursday at Staples Center.
Post-season scoring leader Anze Kopitar had another assist for the Kings, who followed up their overtime victory in the opening game of the first post-season Freeway Faceoff with a methodical defensive performance against the high-flying Ducks.
Los Angeles managed just nine shots in the final two periods, but Quick comfortably sat on a one-goal lead for more than 46 scoreless minutes until King's empty-netter.
Los Angeles didn't need any last-minute heroics from Gaborik, who scored in the opening minute instead. Martinez added another first-period goal, and King scored after a bad pass by Cam Fowler with an extra Anaheim attacker.
The Kings played without injured defencemen Robyn Regehr and Willie Mitchell, yet still kept the Ducks' offensive stars largely on the perimeter. Hart Trophy finalist Ryan Getzlaf was held to one assist, while Corey Perry still hasn't scored a point in the series.
The game didn't look like a defensive struggle in the opening minutes when Gaborik continued his post-season scoring spree with his third goal in roughly 13 minutes. The Slovak right wing, acquired from Columbus near the trade deadline, scored the tying goal in Game 1 with seven seconds left in regulation before getting the overtime winner.
Gaborik's line broke out on an odd-man rush on the opening shift of Game 2, turning the corner on defenceman Ben Lovejoy to skate in alone on Hiller for a short-side shot. Kopitar, the NHL's playoff scoring leader, set it up with his 10th assist of the post-season, giving him a point in every Kings game.
The Ducks evened it during 4-on-3 play midway through the period, with Maroon's pass attempt deflecting off Kings defenceman Jake Muzzin's stick.
Los Angeles reclaimed the lead less than 2 1/2 minutes later when Martinez's shot from the point deflected off Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg, giving the Kings two goals on their first five shots.
Veteran Jeff Schultz replaced Regehr in the lineup, playing nearly 20 minutes. Schultz, the longtime Washington defenceman, spent the entire season in the AHL.
With files from CBCSports.ca