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Ducks vs Kings RECAP: Battle of Southern California Round 1 of 5

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Jared Boll scored a goal. I repeat, Jared Boll scored a goal.

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

1st Period -

In an effort to squeeze out as many points as possible with one of the most injured teams in the league, defenseman Brandon Montour got off to a fast start. Montour activated into a play and did everything he could even after his initial shot. He controlled the rebound and tried to wrap it around for the goal. This created additional chaos in front of the net with the puck shooting out to Jared Boll for his first of the season. Anaheim with the 4th line scoring. Anaheim up 1-0.

Ondrej Kase was injured after a hit to the head from rookie defenseman Kurtis MacDermind. Macdermind received a Game Misconduct, and Anaheim got a 5 minute major power play. Anaheim continued to pressure with Vatanen who scored from the outside of the faceoff circle just after the Power Play ended. Anaheim up 2-0.

Los Angeles came back quickly with Iafallo putting a big shot into Gibson’s pads, which created a huge rebound. The puck went right to Kopitar who stuck it five hole on Gibson. Anaheim up 2-1.

Anaheim finished a strong 1st period with 17 shots on goal. John Gibson looked like himself with a solid showing.

2nd Period-

The Ducks seemed to start the middle frame slowly. Perry got us started off with a scrum in front of Jonathan Quick. Quick decided to take it upon himself to get involved in the face washing competition and show Perry his new goalie glove. Quick ended up getting an extra roughing minor. Vatanen continued to look great with a solid shot from the blue line. Hampus Lindholm looked strong. No question he is the #1 defenseman, as Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register pointed out earlier today.

Gibson wasn’t tested very much in the begining of the 2nd. Manson LEVELED Martinez, sending the Kings’ defensemen briefly to the locker room. Wagner laid big hit on Trevor Lewis and was attacked after the clean hit. Kings received a penalty for roughing.

Derek Grant missed a wide open net while trying to show his normal self. A Manson rebound found its way to Rakell who sniped one past a crying Quick (I literally saw tears). The play was reviewed to see if Perry interfered with Quick but was inconclusive. We have a good goal. Derek Grant was able to extend his scoring prowess with an assist. Ducks lead 3-1

Dustin Brown later put a shot on Gibson that created a huge rebound. Kempe scored after a poor play in defensive zone from Bieksa. Tyler Toffoli made a great pass to Tanner Pearson to help get the offense going. The Ducks still led 3-2 going into intermission.

3rd Period -

Gibson started the 3rd period playing some unreal hockey. Gibson held his ground by stopping great opportunities that Anaheim was putting on a silver platter. To make matters worse, Anaheim took a too many men penalty. On the ensuing power play, Dustin Brown tied the game after some easy tic tac toe passing. Tie game 3-3.

Wagner was cut by a high stick off the faceoff immediatly after Kings goal. Anaheim earned a double minor since Wagner was bleeding. Initially, there was no call. However after a quick meeting, the officials decided to call a double minor. Anaheim couldn’t convert on an absolutely terrible power play. Without some of their best offensive players, the team lacks even the bare minimum of zone structure.

It looked as though Dustin Brown got his 2nd goal of the night; however, Anaheim challenged the play for offside. Anaheim ended up getting the call reversed on the ice as Drew Doughty drew himself across the blue line.

Soon later, there was a scary situation as Gibson’s helmet was knocked off after a Drew Doughty shot. LA celebrated what they thought was a goal, but the referees blew the play dead as Gibson’s mask fell to the ice. John Gibson was hurt after the shot and did not return to the game. Ryan Miller came into a tie game with 7 minutes remaining.

Kevin Bieksa tripped Tanner Pearson to put LA on a Power Play with 4:31 remaining. After that was killed, with 2:17 left in the game by Josh Manson basically exchanged cross checks with Dustin Brown. Miller made the save of the game against Tyler Toffoli as he was left all by himself 3 ft in front of the net.

OT:

Ryan Miller came out strong in OT making multiple saves before the inevidable.

Nick Shore ended up getting a 3 on 1 opportunity with Jakob Silfverberg and Derek Grant clearly gassed trailing the play. The Kings scored the winning goal with 1:09 to play in OT.

Kings 4

Anaheim 3