ANAHEIM, Calif. – Marian Gaborik scored with seven seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and then scored 12:07 into the extra period to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win Saturday night against the Anaheim Ducks in the opener of the first playoff series between the Southern California teams.
Gaborik redirected Anze Kopitar’s shot past Jonas Hiller for the winner before being mobbed in the corner by his teammates.
The Ducks appeared poised for a win after 43-year-old Teemu Selanne beat Jonathan Quick between the pads for a go-ahead goal with 11:52 to play in regulation.
But the Kings pulled Quick for a sixth attacker with 1:22 left. Mike Richards took a shot from along the left boards, and Gaborik wristed the rebound past Hiller.
It was L.A.’s fifth straight win.
Alec Martinez gave the Kings a 1-0 lead, and Matt Beleskey tied it in the first period for the Ducks.
Game 2 is Monday night at Anaheim.
BRUINS 5, CANADIENS 2
BOSTON (AP)—Reilly Smith scored the go-ahead goal with 3:32 left, and Boston rallied from two down in the third period to beat Montreal and tie the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece.
The Bruins trailed 3-1 with just over nine minutes remaining before Dougie Hamilton scored, then Patrice Bergeron tied it with 5:43 remaining. Reilly then wristed a cross-ice pass from Torey Krug past Carey Price to give Boston the lead.
Tuukka Rask had 25 saves for Boston—the first time in 10 tries in his career that he has beaten the Bruins’ Original Six rival at the TD Garden. Milan Lucic added an empty-netter with 66 seconds left.
Price stopped 30 shots for Montreal. Thomas Vanek twice tipped P.K. Subban’s slap shots into the net, and Mike Weaver also scored for the Canadiens.
Games 3 and 4 are in Montreal on Tuesday and Thursday.