Stadium Series grades: Jonas Hiller stands tall for Ducks
Giving out some grades for the Ducks, Kings and the players that made the 2014 Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium memorable.
|A-||The Ducks got to scoring early and it paid off. Despite getting out-shot and outplayed at other points of the game, Anaheim held strong and got a terrific performance from Jonas Hiller in net.|
|B+||The Kings were generating plenty of chances in the game and put 36 shots on goal, but Jonas Hiller was just too good. A bad first half of the first period ended up being the difference in the game.|
|A||What a spectacle that game was. With 54,099 fans in attendance, the NHL's big gamble of putting a hockey game in Southern California absolutely paid off. The game wasn't always the most exciting, but everything around it was fantastic. The presentation, the off-ice performances and everything else made the first Stadium Series game set a very high bar for the rest.|
|A+||Jonas Hiller was easily the game's best player, turning aside all 36 shots he faced, including 20 in the first period. He made all the difference for the Ducks. He already looked flashy in his bright orange pads, but the saves he was making matched the look. That was a good goaltending performance in any setting.|
|B||Corey Perry got only one shot on net, but it happened to be the game's first goal. After making a nice play to get to the net and fighting through a check, Perry simply had to tap a loose puck across the line. He wasn't as noticeable the rest of the game, but he made a really nice play to get the eventual game-winner.|
Anze Kopitar made a lot of nice plays and had so many chances, but he just couldn't finish. That included his penalty shot on Hiller that could have changed the game. Kopitar finished with five shots in the game and just seemed hard-pressed to solve the Anaheim goalie.
|B+||Matt Beleskey scored one of the most appropriate goals for an outdoor game at a baseball stadium. His goal that made it 2-0 in the first period looked like a well-timed bunt as opposed to shot. He was rewarded for going to the net and that extra insurance goal carried the Ducks throughout.|
|B-||Jonathan Quick did everything he could to help his team stay in the game and made 18 saves in the process. Both of the goals against were tough ones to handle, but once Quick settled down he looked like his old self. Unfortunately he didn't get any goal support.|
|B||Francois Beauchemin was the Ducks' top defenseman in the game, playing more than 24 minutes in the warm weather. He made a few key blocks in front of the net and played a steady game throughout, like Anaheim fans have grown accustomed to.|
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