Rather than try to match the Kings’ defensive prowess,
With Anaheim trailing the series two games to none, the Ducks on Thursday morning promoted offensive-minded defenseman
"He's an option," Boudreau told reporters Thursday morning. "He brings more of an offensive game, if we decide to go that way. Power-play guy."
The Ducks ranked second in the
The Vatanen move follows Boudreau inserting forward
Additionally, Boudreau has kept defensive-minded forward
In this series the Kings, who allowed the fewest goals of any NHL team during the regular season, rallied from a 2-1 deficit with seven seconds remaining to win Game 1 in overtime, then won, 3-1, Monday, with goalie
“They’re not making it easy,” Boudreau said. “They’re a great team. That’s why they won a
Boudreau and the Ducks are seeking an early lead, saying they're prepared for an intense opening 10 minutes, expecting the Kings to doggedly pursue a 3-0 series lead.
In the first round the Kings became only the fourth team in NHL history to recover from a 3-0 series deficit and advance.
The Kings have thus far kept Anaheim’s first-line stars
"We can do a better job against Getzlaf's line, I don't know why people think they aren't playing well," Doughty said. "We need to spend more time in their zone."
Sutter said, "Ryan Getzlaf, in this series, has outplayed us, we need to be better against Ryan Getzlaf."
Vatanen, meanwhile, said the flight from Newfoundland lasted nine hours. He arrived in Southern California on Wednesday afternoon.
"Let's go and have some fun," the jovial Vatanen, 22, said. "I try to make some jokes with the boys, relax the feeling here. I hope I bring that and some energy."