Gaborik scores tying, winning goals in Kings' Game 1 victory over Ducks

Marian Gaborik of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his third period goal against the Anaheim Ducks...

Marian Gaborik of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his third period goal against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 at Honda Center on May 3, 2014. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFP)

Derek Van Diest, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:15 PM ET

The Anaheim Ducks worked hard to try and take advantage of the weary-legged Los Angeles Kings in the opening game of their second-round series.

And had it not been for Marian Gaborik, they would have done it in regulation.

Gaborik scored with seven seconds left in the third period to send the game into overtime, where he then went on to win it to give the Kings a 3-2 win.

Gaborik tipped in an Anze Kopitar feed at 12:07 of the extra frame to give the Kings the Game 1 victory on Saturday.

Teemu Selanne had scored what looked like was going to be the game-winner eight minutes into the third period.

Matt Beleskey also scored for the Ducks, while Alec Martinez had the other for the Kings.

Jonas Hiller made 33 saves, while Jonathan Quick stopped 32 shots for the Kings.

Throughout the contest, the Kings looked like a tired bunch, just three days removed from their epic seven-game battle with the San Jose Sharks.

Battling back from a 3-0 series deficit can be taxing.

The Ducks, meanwhile, were well-rested and raring to go, having dispatched the Dallas Stars in six games and getting five days of rest because of it.

Yet, despite having more gas in the tank heading into the game, it was the Kings who struck first in the first playoff series between the two teams.

Martinez opened the scoring midway through the first period, the recipient of a centring feed from Gaborik on the power play.

Gaborik skated around Ducks defenceman Francois Beauchemin at the side of the net, then feathered a pass over to Martinez who was coming in off the point.

The Kings started well and had all the early pressure as the Ducks struggled to shake the rust off their legs.

Eventually, however, Anaheim would get up to speed and took control of the contest.

Beleskey tied the game, the beneficiary of a pretty decent feed himself.

He found himself in front of an open net after Ryan Getzlaf screwed Quick into the ice, making as if he was going to go around the net with the puck, then sliding it out in front.

Unattended, Beleskey had an open net to deposit his second goal of the playoffs.

In the second, the Ducks turned up the pressure, spending practically the entire first half of the period in the L.A. zone.

Nick Bonino came close to giving Anaheim the lead when he fired a shot off the goalpost behind Quick.

A few minutes later, Corey Perry found iron with his deceptive effort coming in off the wing.

Perry took advantage of a turnover by Martinez at the Kings blue line, went in on Quick, faked a slapshot and flipped the puck up over goaltender off the crossbar.

The Kings were eventually able to relive some of the pressure, creating chances on number of Ducks turnovers.

As if the Kings weren't heavy-legged enough, L.A. was forced to play from the second period on down a defenceman when Robyn Regehr did not come out due to an undisclosed injury.

The Kings came close to losing Jake Muzzin later in the period when he was buried from behind by Jacob Silfverberg.

Despite going into the boards heavily, Muzzin was able to get up quickly and did not look any worse for wear.

The Kings were able to survive the period and went into the second intermission tied 1-1.

The Ducks maintained the pressure in the third, however, and eventually took the lead through Selanne’s first goal of this year’s playoffs.

The veteran winger was able to pick up Patrick Maroon’s scraps in front of the net and slid a backhander through Quick.

Maroon had taken a lead pass from Getzlaf and challenged defenceman Matt Greene, who did enough to break up the play, but then watched helplessly as the puck bounce to Selanne.

Despite being outplayed territorially, the Kings had a golden chance to tie the game as Beauchemin was unable to chip the puck out of the zone allowing L.A. to break in on an two-on-one rush.

Justin Williams slid the puck over on a platter for Richards, who misfired badly staring at an open net.

Later in the period, the Kings were awarded a power play on a dubious trip by Beleskey, but were unable to take advantage.

As time wound down, the Kings threw a last desperate attack on the Ducks net, and when Kopitar or Williams were able to beat Hiller from in tight it appeared as though the Ducks were going to hold on.

But the Kings were able to gain possession on a late offensive-zone face-off. Richards got the puck in the corner and threw it at the net, where it bounced off Hiller and up to Gaborik, who swatted it into the net.

Game 2 goes Monday in Anaheim.


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