Every night during the playoffs, we will wrap up all the exciting action and tell you what you need to know about the 2013-14 Stanley Cup playoffs. Welcome to What You Need To Know.
Kings win win 3-2 (OT) | LAK leads series 1-0 | Game 2 Mon.
Anaheim Ducks: After the Ducks really had to battle for possession against the Stars, it looked like the Kings, the best possesion team in NHL in the regular season, would have an easy time controlling play in this series. Not so in Game 1. The Ducks were the better team for much of the game. After the Kings got up to a 1-0 lead, Anaheim answered right back and started applying pressure to the visitors. It finally paid off in the third period when Teemu Selanne scored to give the Ducks the lead. The Ducks couldn't close it out though, giving up a late tying goal. They started overtime great, but couldn't find the back of the net (with Corey Perry coming agonizingly close) and that opened the door for the Kings. This is a huge disappointment for the Ducks considering how well they played for most of the game.
Los Angeles Kings: This was a rather weird game for the Kings. Having played so well in their last four games leading to that big series comeback against the Sharks, LA didn't quite have that Saturday night. There were stretches where they just weren't generating much of anything out there. A late game-tying goal by Marian Gaborik kept their hopes alive. Despite a flat start to OT, the Kings got stronger as the extra period went along. Gaborik scored again to end the game and bring a gigantic sigh of relief to the Kings. LA did not have its best stuff by any stretch, but they remain a resilient group and probably stole Game 1 in Anaheim.
Play of the Game: After scoring the game-tying goal, Marian Gaborik played the hero again by scoring in overtime. The Kings were all over the Ducks leading up to the goal, but it was an absolutely perfect pass from Anze Kopitar that made Gaborik's goal happen. He really couldn't have distributed that better, which made for an easy tap-in for Gaborik who snuck it just inside the post and off Hiller for the goal.
Player of the Game: A pair of clutch goals from Marian Gaborik including the game-tying marker with seven seconds remaining in regulation and the overtime winner keeps his remarkable postseason run going. He also had an assist. Even when Gaborik hasn't looked at his best, he's always lurking and it doesn't take much for him to make something happen. Two goals by going hard to or staying at the net front are huge for the Kings. Honorable mentions to Drew Doughty, Alec Martinez and Anze Kopitar.
Turning Point: Marian Gaborik scored with seven seconds left in regulation to tie the game and send it to overtime. Up to that point, the Kings hadn't really controlled much of the game until they were in desperation mode. With their backs against the wall in Game 1, the Kings put their heads down and did everything they could to make the comeback after Teemu Selanne's goal at 8:08 of the second period.
GIF of the Game: Alec Martinez's shot block on Corey Perry in overtime will go down as one of the plays of the game, but Gaborik gets the nod for winning the game. Luckily, we also get a GIF of the Game and that will go to the sensational shot block Martinez made to save the game. The fact that it came against one of the league's best goal scorers makes it all the more impressive. GIF via @PeteBlackburn:
Bruins win 5-3 | Series Tied 1-1 | Game 3 Tue.
Boston Bruins: This was an up-and-down game for the Bruins, but they brought their very best when it mattered most. Trailing 3-1 in the third period, Boston scored four goals in the last 9:04 of the game to earn a big 5-3 win and tie the series. Penalty trouble (though some calls were a tad questionable) really got the better of the Bruins as they allowed two power-play goals. Despite a lack of perfection in this game, the Bruins showed that they have enough in the tank to come back if they're not at their best. Claude Julien would probably prefer his team to play a complete game, but he'll take a win with some resiliency, I'm sure.
Montreal Canadiens: The Habs have to be shaking their heads. They seemed to have a good handle on the game in the early goings of the third period. I'm not even sure they could have done enough to keep the Bruins down after the halfway point. As soon as the Bs got that goal from Dougie Hamilton, they smelled the blood in the water. Until that stretch in the third, Carey Price was very good, like he was in Game 1 and shouldn't shoulder any blame for the meltdown in the third. The Habs just didn't have an answer when Boston got itself firing in the third. The encouraging parts of the game are likely the two power-play goals and the fact they both came off the stick of the previously ineffective and demoted Thomas Vanek. P.K. Subban notched another two points in the game as well with a pair of assists.
Play of the Game: Dougie Hamilton started the Bruins rally after a great play in transition by Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Marchand did most of the work, taking the puck into the zone, creating some space and then delivering a perfect pass on his backhand to Hamilton. The young defenseman got himself into a clean shooting lane and let go a perfect shot that had Carey Price going the wrong way. It isn't a highlight-reel play, but it's a terrific hockey play and it started the Bruins' march to victory.
Player of the Game: Patrice Bergeron had two points including the game-tying goal in the third period. He may have gotten a little puck luck on that goal as it bounced off the ice to fool Carey Price, but you'll take them any way you can get. His typical great two-way play was on display, generated four shots on goal and he won 57 percent of his draws. The Bs were at their best in the last 10 minutes of the third period and Bergeron was in the middle of everything. He had a secondary assist on the goal Dougie Hamilton scored to start the rally.
Turning Point: After the 10:00 mark of the third period, the Bruins seemed to flip a switch while down 3-1. Dougie Hamilton's terrific shot cut the deficit to 3-2 at the 10:56 mark. Boston just kept rolling from there. Patrice Bergeron scored on a fluky bounce goal just 2:11 before Reilly Smith gave the Bruins the lead they would hang onto. Prior to that point, the Bs did not look particularly great, going a long stretch without generating much early in the third period and getting into penalty trouble a lot in the game. Once they got that goal from Hamilton, it was a different game.
GIF of the Game: Shawn Thornton had eyes on drilling P.K. Subban, but when the Canadiens defenseman went to the ice after releasing a shot, Thornton whiffed and went straight into the wall. You be the judge if Subban was avoiding the hit or slipped. Now, what makes this GIF particularly notable is that this all happened between the two benches, which just so happens to be the spot that NBC's Pierre McGuire and CBC's Glenn Healy occupy for the broadcasts. Those two got real close in trying to protect themselves from the incoming stick of Thornton, who was injured on the play, but later returned. Hazardous job for both players and broadcasters. GIF via @myregularface: