Three and a half minutes into the game, the Los Angeles Kings were outshooting the Anaheim Ducks 5-1, with the visitors’ only shot on goal a 40-foot Ryan Getzlaf attempt. They had cycled through their four lines, enjoyed quality zone time and had peppered Frederik Andersen, who had drawn back into a game for the first time since the first round, and were enjoying a fine start. A Trevor Lewis interference penalty and a subsequent Corey Perry power play goal off some crisp puck movement put Anaheim up 1-0 and was followed by undesirable elements sneaking into the team’s game during the first 20 minutes. For the rest of the first period, the Ducks took advantage of six credited Kings giveaways, navigated the neutral zone with impunity, and created quality opportunities off rush chances. The Kings were not judicious with the puck early in this game, and Jonathan Quick kept the team within one goal by making several important saves, including one with his glove on a fine Mathieu Perrault attempt.

Anaheim Ducks v Los Angeles Kings - Game Three

The game didn’t stray sharply off-course from the seven previous games the teams had played since December. Through the season series, all of the games have been virtual coin flips, with one team cashing in on opportunities and receiving the goaltending necessary to win. Anaheim held a slight scoring chance lead Thursday night, but Los Angeles was still within striking distance and was tilting the ice towards the opposing end in the third period when Ben Lovejoy picked Drew Doughty’s pocket and converted on a two-on-one rush with less than three minutes to go.

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Anaheim Ducks v Los Angeles Kings - Game Three

In looking at Los Angeles’ ice times, it appears as though minutes were being spread around to give additional opportunities to the Carter line and the Richards line, which where the two lines that developed the best rhythms. Wingers Kyle Clifford (14:01), Trevor Lewis (13:52), Tanner Pearson (13:26) and Tyler Toffoli (14:31) earned more ice time than Dustin Brown (13:00) and Dwight King (12:53), and Justin Williams (13:51) finished with less ice time than Clifford, Lewis and Toffoli. Darryl Sutter rolled four lines through the entirety of the game, and for the second consecutive game Anze Kopitar finished with less ice time than he had logged during any game in the regular season. Though Kopitar extended his point streak, his line wasn’t as noticeable as it had been earlier in the series.

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Also not as noticeable? Jeff Schultz, and that’s a good thing. From Robert P., managing editor of Jewels from the Crown:

Schultz finished third on the team 19:53 of ice time. He was on the ice for Perry’s power play goal, but was very good in the 1:40 of ice time he logged during Drew Doughty’s penalty and had already left the ice when Teemu Selanne cashed in with three seconds remaining on the man advantage.

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

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Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

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#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

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#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

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Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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