There may be no rhyme or reason, but the Ducks' 2-0 victory Saturday at
The Kings got away with a theft at
Goaltender John Gibson's 28- save performance sent the Ducks home with the series tied, 2-2. But is going back Anaheim a good thing for them?
The road is supposed to be a difficult in the
"I don't know why," Kings defenseman
The Ducks' Corey Perry was just as unclear, saying, "You got me."
Leave it to a veteran to suggest an answer.
"This is not a normal road trip," Ducks forward
The only travel stress would be traffic.
"Naw, we get to take the carpool lane," Kings center
East Coast teams have had this perk for years. New Jersey, in fact, never left the Eastern time zone in winning the Stanley Cup in 1995.
The close proximity to teams in the East has at times nullified some of the home-ice advantage.
As can their fans.
"You get a little crowd support," Cogliano said.
Well, the Kings did in Anaheim.
"We could hear our fans on ice, every time we scored," Doughty said. "You could hear the chants they have for certain players. It was great being in their arena."
Ducks fans didn't brave the trip to Los Angeles, not in great numbers anyway.
"We could not hear their fans [Thursday]," Doughty said. "That's a plus too."
Except the Ducks won. They did again Saturday, leaving them 4-0 in Staples Center this season.
"We made a conscious effort to be good in L.A. this year," Ducks defenseman
As they did at home. Only Boston (31) had more home victories than the Ducks (29) during the regular season.
That didn't matter when this series started.
"Obviously it's nice thing to be at home when you're on the road," Kopitar said. "You don't have to jump on the plane and fly for two, three hours, which is pretty common in the Western Conference."
The real benefit from the commuter series is to come.
West Coast teams have racked up frequent-flyer miles during the playoffs. This season, either the Ducks or the Kings will had a week or so vacation from that grind.
The Kings, in particular, have had it easy on the travel front. They opened the playoffs with San Jose, an hour away by air.