NHL Playoffs: Ducks take the lead

NHL Playoffs: Ducks take the lead
May 5, 2013, 1:15 am
Share This Post

Lupul scores twice, Leafs tie series with 4-2 win 

BOSTON (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs knew they had to play more aggressively after a weak performance in the opener. 

They wasted little time doing it. 

They outhit the Boston Bruins in the first period, Joffrey Lupul scored two goals in the second and they won 4-2 on Saturday night to even the playoffs series at one game. 

The Maple Leafs also delivered 22 hits in the first period to just 10 for Boston. 

Nathan Horton gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 1:56 of the second period, but Lupul scored at 5:18 on a power play and at 11:56 with the teams at even strength. 

Phil Kessel made it 3-1 on a breakaway 53 seconds into the third period. Johnny Boychuk cut the lead at 10:35 before James van Riemsdyk scored at 16:53. 

Game 3 of the best-of-seven playoff series is Monday night in Toronto. 

Ducks beat Red Wings 4-0 after Abdelkader's hit 

DETROIT (AP) -- Justin Abdelkader lined Toni Lydman up and launched himself into the Anaheim defenseman, knocking him over and sending the Detroit crowd into a frenzy. 

Those cheers turned to boos soon enough. Abdelkader's hit left the Red Wings short-handed, and the Ducks took advantage. 

Nick Bonino scored on the power play 18 seconds after Abdelkader was ejected for his hit on Lydman, and Anaheim went on to a 4-0 victory Saturday night to take a 2-1 series lead over the Red Wings in the Western Conference playoffs. 

Abdelkader appeared to catch Lydman square in the side of the head with his left shoulder, and he was given a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct with 4:49 remaining in the second period. 

The Ducks immediately took advantage of the penalty when Bonino backhanded a shot past goalie Jimmy Howard from point-blank range. 

Detroit killed off the rest of the major, but Ryan Getzlaf, Emerson Etem and Matt Beleskey added goals in the third for Anaheim. Jonas Hiller made 23 saves for the Ducks. 

The Red Wings went on the power play early in the third, but Damien Brunner turned the puck over near his own net, and Getzlaf easily stickhandled around Howard for a short-handed goal with 13:27 left. 

Etem scored his first career postseason goal when he was left alone in the slot and one-timed a pass from Teemu Selanne past Howard. Beleskey scored on the power play with 6:26 remaining from almost the same spot. 

LA Kings' Quick blanks Blues 1-0 

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jonathan Quick made 30 saves in his fifth career playoff shutout, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 1-0 victory over St. Louis on Saturday night and trimming the Blues' series lead to 2-1. 

St. Louis has allowed just three goals in the series, but Quick kept the Kings unbeaten at home since March 23. 

The Blues largely dominated puck possession and good scoring chances for long stretches of the final two periods. Alexander Steen, who scored both of the Blues' goals in Game 1, inexplicably couldn't put it into a fairly open net on a power play late in the period, shanking his shot. 

Elliott kept the Blues in it with less than 7 minutes left, stopping Dwight King on a clean breakaway. Justin Williams then saved the Kings with about 5 minutes left, diving to knock away a loose puck on the edge of the crease. 

Slava Voynov scored in the second period for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who got a brilliant performance from their Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goalie in a tight defensive game. 

Los Angeles will attempt to even the series in Game 4 on Monday night.