January 24th, 2014, 02:03 AM #1
Ducks take the physical route to a victory over Kings (LA Daily News)
The Ducks shattered a stereotype or two during their grinding 2-1 victory Thursday over the Kings at the Honda Center, which was to say they flexed their muscles and took a game away from a team that’s generally regarded as being as tough as a night in jail.
It was, as Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau would later say, “a man’s game,” a bruising test of wills in the corners and in front of the nets. Instead of trying to skate away from the Kings, as in the past, the Ducks dug in their heels and took it to their more physical rivals.
“We’ve had our difficulties with them the last year and a half,” Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. “We know we’re going to have to go through them to win the Stanley Cup. Tonight was not a great effort out of the Ducks in the first period. But we’re a team that knows we can turn it on.”
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