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Ducks even series 2-2 against Kings

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: May 10 2014 11:32:33 PM CDT
Updated On: May 11 2014 12:10:52 AM CDT
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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- Winger Devante Smith-Pelly and center Ryan Getzlaf scored goals, goaltender John Gibson made 28 saves and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 on Saturday night.

Anaheim tied the Western Conference playoff series at two wins each, with a pivotal Game 5 on Monday night at the Honda Center. The home team has yet to win a game in the series.

Gibson was a surprise starter after backup goaltender Jonas Hiller finished Anaheim's Game 3 victory.

The Ducks opened the scoring on Smith-Pelly's third goal of the season at 16:02. Getzlaf's shot from the slot went wide of the Los Angeles net, winger Corey Perry gained possession behind the net and fed Smith-Pelly with a no-look pass for a short shot that beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

Anaheim doubled its lead when Getzlaf scored his fourth goal of the playoffs on the power play at 18:45 of the first period. Getzlaf connected from behind the net as he gained a rebound on a try initially stopped by Quick, with Perry and defenseman Sami Vatanen drawing assists.

With the Ducks up by two after the first period, Kings coach Darryl Sutter looked to change the momentum by pulling Quick in favor of rookie goaltender Martin Jones. Quick could not be faulted on either Anaheim goal and stopped nine of 11 shots through 20 minutes.

The strategy motivated the Kings as they outshot the Ducks 12-0 in the second period, but they could not dent Gibson. It was the first time in Anaheim playoff history that it failed to get a shot on goal in a period.

Jones made three saves in two periods in relief of Quick.

NOTES: Anaheim scratched D Luca Sbisa, RW Tim Jackman, D Stephane Robidas, C Mathieu Perreault, D Mark Fistric, LW Matt Beleskey, G Frederik Andersen and G Igor Bobkov. ... The Ducks recalled G John Gibson from their Norfolk AHL affiliate. A lower-body injury suffered by G Frederik Andersen in Game 3 made the recall necessary. ... Ducks G Jonas Hiller owns a .934 save percentage in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the second-highest percentage in the expansion era (since 1967-68) but was passed over for Gibson for the start in Game 4. ... Los Angeles did not dress C Colin Fraser, D Willie Mitchell, D Robyn Regher and C Jordan Nolan. The Kings also recalled 12 players from their Manchester AHL affiliate and scratched them as well. ... The Kings are 4-4 when 2-1 in a best-of-seven series. ... Los Angeles C Mike Richards and RW Jeff Carter are the only players in professional sports to be on two different teams that overcame an 0-3 series deficit.