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Recap | Box score
Goalie report: Jonathan Quick looked pretty mortal on the two goals that beat him; the 2012 Conn Smythe version of himself would tsk-tsk at being so out of position and overcommited, but he turned it back around when needed and slammed the door thereafter. Jonas Hiller -- you could call him a surprise starter, but that could also be said if net-mate Frederick Andersen had started, as such is the state of flux in the Ducks' quarry -- was pretty decent and couldn't really be faulted for the tip-in winner by Marian Gaborik. Still, championship teams get championship goaltending, and we haven't consistently seen it from Anaheim.
Key moment: Gaborik's equalizer with seven seconds remaining was a thing of beauty, batting the puck out of midair to beat Hiller. That guy has mad skills. Then Gaborik took said skills into overtime and deflected a shot past a spinning Hiller, and the Ducks went from toast of the night to toast that quickly. Not a bad trade-deadline pickup, methinks.
What it means: No lead is safe in the Stanley Cup playoffs, no storyline too impossible and no doubting the Kings, who go up 1-0 in the series.
-- Paul Grant
Recap | Box score
Goalie report: Tuukka Rask and Carey Price, at opposite times, engaged in a hot/cold pairing that led to an uncharacteristic eight goals being scored. But not all the goals can be blamed on the goalies; it seemed to be one of those games in which the puck was bouncing or ricocheting multiple times off multiple players in uncomfortable places and, in one instance, taking a weird football bounce in front of Price. The bottom line is that there were at least a couple of goals each that the goalies would like another shot at. It's been said before, but the goalies need to be better.
Key moment: The turning point was Dougie Hamilton's goal from inside the blue line early in the third period that Price couldn't keep a bead on through traffic. It appeared to be a soft goal and might have given the Bruins confidence that the gold medalist could be beaten. The floodgates opened after that, which was the first of four unanswered goals.
What it means: The Bruins salvage pride, recapture momentum and head north to Montreal -- where they didn't want to venture being down 2-0 -- with the series tied at 1-1.
-- Paul Grant
Kings 3, Ducks 2 in OT
(Kings lead series 1-0)
* Marian Gaborik (LA): scored game-tying goal with 7 seconds left in 3rd period and game-winning goal in OT; FROM ELIAS: 1st player in Stanley Cup Playoff history to score game-tying goal in last 10 seconds of regulation and game-winning goal in OT
* Gaborik: 3rd career multi-goal game in playoffs (2nd this postseason); 3rd career game-winning goal in playoffs
* Kings: won last 5 games after falling down 3-0 in series to Sharks
* Kings: won last 3 road playoff games (lost 8 straight prior to that)
* Ducks: 1st loss at home during playoffs this season (were 3-0)
* Anze Kopitar (LA): 3 assists; point in all 8 games this postseason (4 goals, 9 assists)
* Teemu Selanne (ANA): 1st goal of playoffs; FROM ELIAS: at 43 years, 304 days old he's the 3rd oldest player to score in playoffs in NHL history (Gordie Howe, Chris Chelios)
Bruins 5, Canadiens 3
(Series tied 1-1)
* Bruins: scored final 4 goals of game in less than 10 minutes
* Bruins: won 3 of last 4 home playoff games (had lost previous 3)
* Canadiens: loss snaps 5-game road win streak vs Bruins (regular season and playoffs)
* Canadiens: loss snaps 6-game win streak (regular season and playoffs)
* Tuukka Rask (BOS): 1st win in 10 career home games vs Canadiens (regular season and playoffs)
FROM ELIAS: The Bruins trailed the Canadiens, 3-1, with less than 10 minutes remaining in the third period but Boston scored four unanswered goals and beat Montreal, 5-3, to even their second-round playoff series at one win each. It was the Bruins' first-ever regulation victory in postseason play in a game in which they were down by two goals in the final 10 minutes of the third period. Before Saturday's comeback, the last time the Bruins won a playoff game in which they trailed by at least two goals at any point in the third period without needing overtime to do so was in a 6-5 victory at Hartford in Game 4 of a 1990 first-round series against the Whalers.