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Kings try to take stranglehold on series vs. Ducks

by Corey Masisak


(Los Angeles leads best-of-7 series 2-0)


Big story: For the fifth time in three seasons, the Los Angeles Kings will return home for Game 3 of a Stanley Cup Playoff series with a 2-0 lead. The Anaheim Ducks will try to avoid becoming the fifth team in three years to fall into a 3-0 hole against the Kings, who have won six straight this postseason.

Team Scope:

Ducks: Anaheim has three goals in this series, and despite going toe-to-toe with Los Angeles in the puck-possession battle, the Ducks have not had many great chances. Coach Bruce Boudreau said he tried to get forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry away from Los Angeles' top line because "they were dominating" after Game 2, but Boudreau the day before Game 3 defended his stars and suggested others need to do more.

"It's not totally reliant on them," Boudreau said. "But when you lose and you don't score goals, people start asking, 'What about Perry and Getzlaf?" There's other guys on the team. I can only say they're trying as hard as they can and they want to win more than anybody. Their attitude is great. The reason they're great players is because they're ultra-competitive."

Kings: Depth scoring has not been a problem of late for Los Angeles, and the play of rookie forwards Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli is a big reason for that. They have added speed and skill to a lineup that already had a collection of players with Stanley Cup-winning experience. They've proven they are ready to compete at this level.

"When they dress we expect them to play as much as everybody else," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "If they are playing as well, then they do. If they aren't, then they don't. It's no different than any other player. As playoffs go along, and just the way it works, it is a harder game. You're not going to have guys ... we were very fortunate to win [Game 1] in overtime, to be quite honest because we had to use a short bench. Some guys weren't up to standard. We were very fortunate. Some guys played too much and some didn't play enough. All you need to do is look at ice times at the end of the game and you know on our team pretty much how guys are playing because we expect them to perform."

Who's hot: Getzlaf has an assist on the three Anaheim goals. … Kings defenseman Alec Martinez scored one goal in his first 40 playoff games; he has one in each of the past two. Martinez has seen a significant increase in his playing time with veteran defensemen out of the lineup.

Injury report: Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas broke his right leg in the first round against the Dallas Stars and is gone for the playoffs. … Kings defensemen Robyn Regehr and Willie Mitchell did not practice Wednesday because of undisclosed injuries.

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