|Los Angeles Kings||3||
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Goalie report: Sorry, Jonas Hiller, you've been good, even great on occasion, but you're going to be voted off the island unless you find another level (especially in the part of the period when the Zamboni water is still wet). John Gibson, could you come out to play? But, really, all that matters here is that Jonathan Quick has turned back into Jonathan Quick again. Right now, he's money.
Key moment: Thirty-four seconds into the game, Marian Gaborik beats Hiller upstairs to give the Kings an immediate lead and seriously bum out the faithful at the Honda Center. Although the Ducks would come back to tie it, there's no denying they were in catch-up, scramble mode from the get-go, thanks to that early goal.
What it means: Seriously? The Kings are up 2-0 in the series and they have yet to play at home. The Ducks' goose is cooked.
-- Paul Grant
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|0||New York Rangers|
Goalie report: That was Marc-Andre Fleury, ladies and gentlemen, rubbing his crossbar, denying Mats Zuccarello with a snapping-sharp glove hand and making the naysayers eat crow as he executed his second consecutive whitewashing of the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist, at the other end, was equally spectacular, but his defense hung him out to dry on the two goals, both coming off breakaways behind the Rangers D. For one night, anyway, the King abdicated.
Key moment: Sidney Crosby scored the game's first goal off a partial breakaway, snapping one through Lundqvist and thereby putting an end to all the talk about his playoff goal choke. It was the only goal the Penguins needed.
What it means: The Penguins stole a huge win from the pretending-not-to-be-tired Rangers -- and in the Garden, no less. The Pens lead the series 2-1 and will try to push further ahead Wednesday for Game 3.
-- Paul Grant
Penguins 2, Rangers 0
(Penguins lead series 2-1)
* Penguins: 18-5 all-time vs Rangers in playoffs; 1st time Penguins have recorded consecutive postseason shutouts in the same series
* Rangers: shut out in consecutive playoff games in same series for 1st time since 1937 (against Red Wings in last 2 games of Stanley Cup finals)
* Sidney Crosby (PIT) snaps 13-game goal-scoring drought with 1st goal of playoffs (longest drought of his career ... 2nd-longest was 6 games)
* Jussi Jokinen (PIT): goal -- has scored a point in each of last 7 playoff games (he's scored exactly one point in each)
* Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT): 35 saves; 1st time in his career he's posted back-to-back shutouts
Kings 3, Ducks 1
(Kings lead series 2-0)
* Kings: won 6 straight games since losing 1st 3 games vs Sharks; have win streak of at least 6 games in each of last 3 Stanley Cup playoffs
* Marian Gaborik (LA): 1st player to score OT goal in playoffs and then score in 1st minute of next game since Luc Robitaille in 1995 (ELIAS)
* Jonathan Quick (LA): 36 saves; at least 30 saves in 7 of 9 games this postseason (no other goalie has more than 5 such games)
FROM ELIAS: Anze Kopitar is 1 of 2 players in last 15 seasons to record point in each of team's first 9 postseason games (Detroit's Johan Franzen in 2010, 12 straight)
* Ducks: lose consecutive home playoff games for 1st time since 2008 (vs Stars; lost series 4-2)
* Patrick Maroon (ANA): goal, extending point streak to 5 straight games