Playoff Moments: #7 Marian Finds A Way

Presented by McDonalds

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 8:48 PM
Alex Kinkopf  - LAKings.com

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday LAKings.com will countdown the Top 15 moments from the LA Kings improbable run to their 2nd Stanley Cup Championship.

May 3 presented a historic night as Southern California’s two NHL clubs met for the first time ever in postseason play.

Marian Gaborik made it memorable.

In Game 1 of the Kings’ Western Conference Semifinal series against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center, the final seconds proved to be crucial as the Kings scrapped desperately to overcome a late one-goal deficit.

Down 2-1 with seconds remaining in regulation, Jonathan Quick was pulled for an extra attacker.

Mike Richards, who was aware of the waning time, feverishly worked to maintain control of the puck, and in one swift motion, fed a Hail-Mary type pass toward the front of Anaheim’s net in hopes of a tip, deflection, or rebound.

Gaborik was there to capitalize, knotting the score 2-2 with :07.0 seconds remaining.

MARIAN’S ON THE CLOCK

Then, just over 12 minutes into overtime, Anze Kopitar found Gaborik streaking to Anaheim’s net undetected. Kopitar fed a shot/pass that Gaborik tipped off the left post, off of Jonas Hiller’s back, and into the net to give the Kings a 3-2 victory, and a 1-0 series lead.

Money.

THE BANK’S OPEN

007 strikes again for the Kings. pic.twitter.com/sImbVxOrru

— Brian McCarthy (@brianmccarthy1) May 4, 2014

YESHAJAKAJ pic.twitter.com/CdJeaKbM6U

— GOOP (@OneGirlOnePuck) May 4, 2014

The newly acquired forward was snagged from the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 5 by Dean Lombardi just moments prior to the NHL’s trade-deadline. It was an outstanding acquisition for Lombardi and the Kings, who only had to surrender Matt Frattin and a pair of draft picks in the trade.

Gaborik led all NHL players with 14 postseason goals, and was rewarded with a new seven-year, $34.13 million contract with the Kings on June 25.

So, the Gaborik trade has worked out so far.

— Flubber McGee (@FlubberMcGee) May 4, 2014

And Dean Lombardi should probably send a fruit basket or something to Columbus. #LAKings

— Jim Alexander (@Jim_Alexander) May 4, 2014

Playoff Moments: #15 Muzz Lightyear

Playoff Moments: #14 Slava's Stick

Playoff Moments: #13 Route 73

Playoff Moments: #12 Zero's

Playoff Moments: #11 Reality Check

Playoff Moments: #10 Caps For Carter

Playoff Moments: #09 Every Day Anze

Playoff Moments: #08 Eight’s Overboard

Playoff Moments: #07 Marian Finds A Way

Back to top ↑