So, Marian Gaborik was a pretty good midseason addition, eh?
The playoff series that all of Southern California has been waiting for did not disappoint in Game 1. The Kings, at the end of the night, prevailed because of Gaborik. Don’t say we didn’t warn you about what was going to go down.
— LA Sports Hub (@LA_SportsHub) May 4, 2014
To say that Game 1 was an epic battle between two teams, and fan bases, that loathe each other would be an understatement. It was a war. For the last 15 or so minutes of the 3rd period it looked like the Ducks would prevail. However, with 7 seconds left to go, and Jonathan Quick on the bench, Gaborik got a chance in front of the net and put it in to tie the game up at 2-2. It was the Kings game to lose, despite the fact that Corey Perry missed a wide open net in OT to grab the victory. It wasn’t to be for the Ducks.
Gaborik once again got an opportunity in OT and capitalized. The Kings won on the backs of Gaborik, Quick, Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty.
Going forward, these are going to be a wars of attrition. The Kings have an opportunity to real put the pressure on the Ducks by taking them down in Game 2. Don’t discount what kind of run the Kings are on. They may have been outplayed in Game 1, but they came up with the victory. Those types of defeats are soul crushing and don’t easily heel. The Ducks are on the ropes. They can either counter punch like Floyd Mayweather or fold like the San Jose Sharks. The Kings have the opportunity to go for the KO early. They must take advantage of this gigantic opportunity they’ve created for themselves.