Less than two weeks ago, the Los Angeles Kings found themselves down 0-3 to the San Jose Sharks. They are now two wins away from advancing to the Western Conference Finals for the third straight season after their 3-1 win in Anaheim over the Ducks Monday night.
LA leads Anaheim, 2-0.
The Kings would draw first blood early when Marian Gaborik blew by the Duck defense for a one-on-one with Jonas Hiller and slotted it just over his right shoulder for his third goal in two games.
With Alec Martinez scoring again in the first period and Dwight King adding another in the third, the Kings didn’t hesitate to rely on Olympian goalie Jonathan Quick.
Quick was at his best tonight saving 36 of the 37 shots fired his way and looked extremely comfortable between the sticks.
If Quick can keep up his current form, one would consider this Kings team a favorite to advance from the Western Conference.
With one of the NHL-leading defenses, the Kings also have a competent attack with Gaborik, who leads the team in goals this postseason with six and points leader Anze Kopitar (14).
The Ducks had stretches of dominance in the Kings’ area, but were unable to turn it into productive possession.
Anaheim will need to rely on points and goals leader Ryan Getzlaf if they are to get anything out of their trip to the City of Angels.
With the Ducks dropping two home games, Game 3 on Thursday at Staples is a must-win for Bruce Boudreau’s men.
You can count on Quick and the Kings fans to be in full voice tomorrow, but will the Ducks be able solve the mystery that seems to be the invincible Quick? The same Quick who was reminiscent of the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion and MVP. The Ducks will have to if they are to avoid the sweep.
Game 3 of the battle for SoCal is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.