The Anaheim Ducks will face the Los Angeles Kings in the Second Round of the Western Conference Playoffs. This marks the first time the two teams have faced each other in the playoffs.
This is the sixth time ever that two California teams will meet in the playoffs, but just the second time it’s happened after the first round. The previous five meetings between two California based clubs: 2014, San Jose vs. Los Angeles (Western Conference First Round, Los Angeles won in 7); 2013, San Jose vs. Los Angeles (Western Conference Semifinals, Los Angeles won in 6); 2011, San Jose vs. Los Angeles (Western Conference Quarterfinals, San Jose won in 6); 2009, Anaheim vs. San Jose (Western Conference Quarterfinals, Anaheim won in 6), 1969, Los Angeles vs. Oakland (Western Conference Quarterfinals, Los Angeles won in 7).
Anaheim and Los Angeles have played 117 regular-season games against each other all-time. The Ducks have a record of 53-41-23 vs. the Kings, going 28-13-15 at home and 25-28-8 on the road. The 2013-14 season series saw the Ducks go 4-0-1 vs. the Kings, including 1-0-1 at home and 3-0-0 on the road.
In the 2013-14 regular season, the Ducks earned points in all five contests. The Ducks were led by Corey Perry, who led the team in points (2-2=4) and tied for the team lead in goals with Matt Beleskey and Patrick Maroon. Of the three game-winning goals that Maroon scored this season, two came against the Kings (Jan. 23 vs. LA and Mar. 15 @ LA). Rookie defenseman Hampus Lindholm paced Ducks players in assists, earning 0-3=3 points in five games. (Complete game-by-game recap below).
Regular Season Game-by-Game:
DECEMBER 3, 2013 – ANAHEIM 2 vs. LOS ANGELES 3 SO
The Ducks and Kings took a tie game into a shootout and after nine rounds and only one shootout goal by Dwight King, the Kings took the extra point in the first Freeway Faceoff contest of the 2013-14 season series…after falling behind 1-0 at 7:05 of the second period, the Ducks responded just 46 seconds later with a goal scored by Ryan Getzlaf…assists were recorded by Hampus Lindholm and Corey Perry…the Ducks went up 2-1 early in the third on a power-play goal scored by Perry and special teams assists from Dustin Penner and Cam Fowler…the Kings went on to tie the game and force OT and the eventual shootout…Jonas Hiller stopped a season high 49-of-51 shots on net…it was the most shots faced and saves since Apr. 8, 2010 vs. Dallas and just two short of his career-high 51 saves on Dec. 19, 2008 at Edmonton.
PP: 1-6 PK: 0-5 SF: 28 SA: 51 TOI: Fowler (29:03) Three Stars: 1. Carter 2. Hiller 3. Getzlaf
JANUARY 23, 2014 – ANAHEIM 2 vs. LOS ANGELES 1
With a 2-1 win over Los Angeles, the Ducks improved to 21-1-2 at Honda Center to equal the second-best home start in NHL history…Patrick Maroon scored his first career NHL GWG at 17:53 of the second period, giving Anaheim 11 wins in its last 12 home games (11-1-0)…Dustin Penner scored Anaheim’s first goal at 13:51 of the second, marking his 12th goal and fifth PPG of the season…Corey Perry, Nick Bonino and Mark Fistric drew single assists for Anaheim, which also recorded a franchise-record 48 hits against the Kings…Frederik Andersen stopped 30-of-31 shots for his 13th victory, moving him into the lead among NHL rookie goaltenders in wins.
PP: 1-5 PK: 0-4 SF: 21 SA: 31 TOI: Getzlaf (24:31) Three Stars: 1. Maroon 2. Fistric 3. Fowler
JANUARY 25, 2014 – ANAHEIM 3 @ LOS ANGELES 0
The Ducks claimed a 3-0 victory over the Kings at 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game in front of 54,099 fans at Dodger Stadium…Jonas Hiller recorded his 20th career shutout and fourth of the season, stopping all 36 shots faced for the second shutout in an outdoor regular-season NHL game…Hiller also stopped Anze Kopitar in the second penalty shot in outdoor regular-season NHL game history halfway through the first period…Corey Perry scored the first NHL goal in Dodger Stadium history at 2:45 of the first period, representing his league-leading ninth GWG of the season…Matt Beleskey and Andrew Cogliano (100th NHL goal) also scored for Anaheim, which participated in the warmest outdoor game in NHL history (63 degrees)….Head Coach Bruce Boudreau improved to 2-0 in outdoor games, joining Claude Julien as the only head coaches to win two such games.
PP: 0-3 PK: 0-4 SF: 21 SA: 36 TOI: Beauchemin (24:41) Three Stars: 1. Hiller 2. Kopitar 3. Beleskey
MARCH 15, 2014 – ANAHEIM 2 @ LOS ANGELES 1
The Ducks earned a sweep in their back-to-back road games in Colorado and Los Angeles with a 2-1 victory over the Kings at Staples Center…Tim Jackman scored his fourth goal of the season and Patrick Maroon collected his sixth goal and second career game-winner, both against Los Angeles…Frederik Andersen turned away 18-of-20 shots as Anaheim clinched the 2013-14 Freeway Faceoff with a 3-0-1 record despite one game remaining in the season series.
PP: 0-3 PK: 1-3 SF: 20 SA: 38 TOI: Beauchemin (27:11) Three Stars: 1. Andersen 2. Perreault 3. Martinez
APRIL 12, 2014 – ANAHEIM 4 @ LOS ANGELES 3 SO
The Ducks clinched the top record in the Western Conference for the first time in club history with a 4-3 shootout win over the Kings at Staples Center…Anaheim went 4-0-1 vs. Los Angeles, winning the last four straight games…Nick Bonino, Devante Smith-Pelly and Matt Beleskey were the Ducks’ goal scorers, while Smith-Pelly also added the shootout winner…Frederik Andersen stopped 27-of-30 shots and all four shootout attempts for his 20th win.
PP: 0-4 PK: 0-4 SF: 24 SA: 30 TOI: Fowler (26:30) Three Stars: 1. Kopitar 2. Bonino 3. Mitchell
MayorsManor had a lot more post-game coverage from both the Kings and Sharks locker rooms after Game 7 in San Jose, see the links below.
MORE GAME 7 COVERAGE:
Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Radio: Kings-Sharks Game 7 – John Hoven breaks it all down
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