Kings Take 2-0 Series Lead over Anaheim
(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- Marian Gaborik scored just 34 seconds into the game and Jonathan Quick made 36 saves as Los Angeles defeated Anaheim 3-1 in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinals.
The win gives the Kings a 2-0 series edge and is the teams sixth straight postseason win.
"We found a way to squeak one out tonight because we have the best goalie in the world," said Kings' captain Dustin Brown of Quick. Los Angeles boasted the NHL's best defense in the regular season allowing just 2.05 goals per game.
Gaborik, who scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals in the series opener, beat Jonas Hiller to start the scoring and pick up his sixth goal of the postseason. The lead would only last nine minutes when Patrick Maroon scored a power play goal to even things up. Less than three minutes later, Alec Martinez put the Kings back on top and Quick did the rest for the Kings.
The game remained 2-1 for 46 scoreless minutes as Anaheim outshot Los Angeles 37-17 in the game. Quick made save after save to hold onto the one goal lead before Dwight King added an empty netter in the final minute of regulation. Game 3 will be played Wednesday in Los Angeles.
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