Games 1 and 2. Boston at LA Kings

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Game 1
The Kings come out flying in the first period building up a 12-1 shot advantage but Ben Scrivens stands tall and keeps the game scoreless. Boston’s 1st scoring chance of the game is a 1-14 chance by Jamie Benn…1-0 BOS. The goal gives the Bruins some life and they begin outskating the home team but the 1st period ends with a 1-0 Boston lead. The Bruins continue where they left off and Mike Riberio generates a 1-18 chance and buries it at the 2:45 mark for a 2-0 lead. The Bruins continue to outplay the Kings, who are struggling to get an inside chances and the period ends with a 2-0 lead for the visitors. The Kings turn up the offensive attack in the 3rd period but Scrivens continues to shine and stops 4-4 GRs. Before the Kings can pull Greiss, Palat gets a breakaway goal to seal a 3-0 victory for Boston. This game defines the perfect road game as the Bruins take a 1-0 series lead.

Game 2
The Bruins open the scoring with a PPG by Malkin at the 4:00 mark of the 1st and the LA crowd goes silent…only goal of the 1st, 1-0 Boston after 1.
The crowd continues to get nervous for the 1st 10 minutes of the 2nd as the Kings cannot solve Al Montoya. Finally, Mika Zibanejad gets the Kings on the board at 10:46 to tie it at 1. Just under 4 minutes later, Patrick Marleau buries a PPG for the Kings first lead in the series at 2-1. That would finish the scoring for the 2nd period. Mats Zuccarello scores at 2:08 of the 3rd to tie the game at 2-2. Patrick Marleau answers with his 2nd of the game at 3:54 to restore the Kings 1 goal lead. The Kings continue to get quality scoring chances but cannot solve Montoya. With just under 2 minutes to go, Corey Perry beats Thomas Greiss cleanly and the game is tied 3-3. The LA crowd is stunned as the game head to overtime. Needless to say, the next goal is huge for this series and it will not take long to get the GWG. At 0:52, the Kings #88, a.k.a. “Showtime” delivers and sends the Kings fans home happy with the OT winner to tie the series at 1-1.

This has the makings of a great series! The Kings “survive” game 2 with a huge win despite having all 10 GRs stopped by Al Montoya. On to Boston for games 3 & 4. Good luck Bob!

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