13th-seeded ’74-’75 Kings’ Defense Shuts Down 20th-seeded ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks in Relatively Easy Four-Game Sweep

The '74-'75 Los Angeles Kings.....that's a lot of "piss" yellow. (Photo via kings.nhl.com)

The ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings…..that’s a lot of “piss” yellow. (Photo via kings.nhl.com)

Despite there being two overtime games in this series, this was not much of a contest. While averaging twice as many shots as the 20th-seeded ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, the 13th-seeded ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings win their UNP debut in a sweep.

The Kings didn’t really supply that much offense, but they really didn’t need much. Bob Nevin led LA in goal scoring with four in the series while linemate Butch Goring was second with three. Dan Maloney led the Kings in assists with an impressive seven in the four games while Bob Berry and Goring were tied for second with four apiece. Goring and Maloney both finished with seven points in the series to tie them for first in overall scoring while Berry and Nevin both finished with six to tie them for second. All but three players who played for the Kings in this series registered a point. Berry also co-led the Kings in plus/minus at+6 alongside Frank St. Marseille while Gene Carr was right behind them at +5. In goal, Rogie Vachon didn’t have much to do as he saw less than 20 shots on goal per game on average. He finished the four games with a 4-0-0 record and a 1.25 goals against average with a .937 save percentage. He did, however, post a 14-save shutout performance in Game 2.

Certainly not the way I saw the ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks going out. Like I said they only scored five goals in this series and only Joffrey Lupul scored more than once (2). Chris Kunitz, Travis Moen and Teemu Selanne all scored once to account for the other three goals. Captain Scott Niedermayer led the Mighty Ducks in assists with three while, surprisingly, Todd Fedoruk was second with two. Captain Scotty also led Anaheim in points with those three assists while both Fedoruk and Lupul were tied for second with two points. Anaheim did not have a player finish with a positive plus/minus rating, but there were six players to finish with even plus/minus ratings, including Ryan Getzlaf and Sean O’Donnell. Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere did not have a very good series. After a stellar opening round, Jiggy posted a 4.00 goals against average and a .889 save percentage over the four games.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. LAK – C – Butch Goring – 3 G   4 A   7 P   +1   11 S   1 GWG   5 Star Points
  2. LAK – RW – Bob Nevin – 4 G   2 A   6 P   +1   14 S   3 Star Points
  3. LAK – LW – Bob Berry – 2 G   4 A   6 P   +5   5 S   1 GWG   3 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#20 ‘05-’06 Mighty Ducks 0 0 2 0 2
#13 ‘74-’75 Kings 1 1 0 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:   ‘74-’75 LAK – 3   ‘05-’06 MDA – 2   (OT)   (1-0   ‘74-’75 LAK)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 LAK – 2:50 – LAK: B. Nevin (1) assisted by B. Goring (1), D. Maloney (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 0 LAK – 13:02 – PP – LAK: B. Goring (1) assisted by D. Maloney (2), B. Murdoch (1)

 

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 1 LAK – 7:31 – MDA: J. Lupul (4) assisted by T. Fedoruk (3), R. Niedermayer (2)
  • 2 – 2 tie – 13:20 – MDA: T. Moen (1) assisted by S. Niedermayer (9), R. Getzlaf (4)

 

Overtime:

  • 3 – 2 LAK – 3:49 – LAK: B. Berry (1) assisted by F. St. Marseille (1), G. Carr (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#20 ‘05-’06 Mighty Ducks

#13 ‘74-’75 Kings

2

Goals

3

16

SOG

44

0/1

PP

1/4

3/4

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

25%

75%

PK%

100%

GWG

B. Berry (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Butch Goring (LAK)
  • 2nd Star: Jean-Sebastien Giguere (MDA)
  • 3rd Star: Travis Moen (MDA)

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#20 ‘05-’06 Mighty Ducks 0 0 0 0
#13 ‘74-’75 Kings 2 3 0 5

GAME SUMMARY:   ‘74-’75 LAK – 5   ‘05-’06 MDA – 0   (2-0   ‘74-’75 LAK)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 LAK – 4:26 – LAK: G. Carr (1) assisted by B. Murdoch (2), B. Berry (2)
  • 2 – 0 LAK – 14:47 – LAK: F. St. Marseille (1) assisted by G. Carr (2), B. Berry (3)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 0 LAK – 0:16 – LAK: B. Nevin (2) assisted by D. Maloney (3), B. Goring (2)
  • 4 – 0 LAK – 6:19 – LAK: B. Nevin (3) assisted by D. Maloney (4), B. Goring (3)
  • 5 – 0 LAK – 14:39 – PP – LAK: B. Goring (2) assisted by B. Nevin (1), D. Maloney (5)
    • MDA replaces starting goalie J. Giguere with back up I. Bryzgalov

 

3rd Period:

 

TEAM STATS:

#20 ‘05-’06 Mighty Ducks

#13 ‘74-’75 Kings

0

Goals

5

14

SOG

46

PP

1/2

1/2

SH

PP%

50%

50%

PK%

GWG

G. Carr (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Bob Nevin (LAK)
  • 2nd Star: Butch Goring (LAK)
  • 3rd Star: Dan Maloney (LAK)

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#13 ‘74-’75 Kings 1 0 1 1 3
#20 ‘05-’06 Mighty Ducks 2 0 0 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:   ‘74-’75 LAK – 3   ‘05-’06 MDA – 2   (OT)   (3-0   ‘74-’75 LAK)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 MDA – 0:07 – MDA: T. Selanne (7) assisted by A. McDonald (3)
  • 2 – 0 MDA – 0:44 – MDA: J. Lupul (5) assisted by T. Fedoruk (4), S. Niedermayer (10)
  • 2 – 1 MDA – 11:23 – LAK: T. Harper (1) assisted by M. Murphy (1)

 

2nd Period:

 

3rd Period:

  • 2 – 2 tie – 14:22 – LAK: N. Komadoski (1) assisted by B. Berry (3), L. Brown (1)

 

Overtime:

  • 3 – 2 LAK – 2:57 – LAK: B. Goring (3) assisted by B. Nevin (2), L. Brown (2)

 

TEAM STATS:

#13 ‘74-’75 Kings

#20 ‘05-’06 Mighty Ducks

3

Goals

2

27

SOG

25

PP

0/2

2/2

SH

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

B. Goring (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#13 ‘74-’75 Kings 4 0 1 5
#20 ‘05-’06 Mighty Ducks 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:   ‘74-’75 LAK – 5   ‘05-’06 MDA – 1   (4-0   ‘74-’75 LAK)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 LAK – 3:56 – LAK: B. Berry (2) assisted by F. St. Marseille (2), B. Murdoch (3)
  • 2 – 0 LAK – 11:35 – LAK: G. Carr (2) assisted by B. Berry (4), F. St. Marseille (3)
  • 3 – 0 LAK – 13:42 – PP – LAK: B. Nevin (4) assisted by B. Goring (4), D. Maloney (6)
  • 4 – 0 LAK – 14:27 – PP(2) – LAK: T. Williams (1) assisted by S. Kannegiesser (1), M. Murphy (2)

 

2nd Period:

  • 4 – 1 LAK – 17:56 – MDA: C. Kunitz (2) assisted by S. Niedermayer (11)

 

3rd Period:

  • 5 – 1 LAK – 10:55 – LAK: D. Kozak (1) assisted by D. Maloney (7)

 

TEAM STATS:

#13 ‘74-’75 Kings

#20 ‘05-’06 Mighty Ducks

5

Goals

1

45

SOG

24

2/2

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

0/2

100%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

0%

G. Carr (2)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Bob Berry (LAK)
  • 2nd Star: Gene Carr (LAK)
  • 3rd Star: Frank St. Marseille (LAK)

In their UNP debut, the ’74-’75 Kings easily dispatch of a cross-town rival in an impressive defensive performance. This comes after last year’s disappointment when one of the franchises two Stanley Cup winners who served as the franchises representative were swept in the Second Round of the inaugural UNP. On the other side, the ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks fail to live up to the performance of last year’s representative, the franchises Cup-winner, who made it all the way to the Quarterfinals. The ’74-’75 Kings will now face the 4th-seeded ’73-’74 Boston Bruins in the Third Round, who made it to the Semifinals in the inaugural UNP and defeated the 36th-seeded ’13-’14 Columbus Blue Jackets in the Second Round!

Up next in the Second Round are the 12th-seeded ’74-’75 Philadelphia Flyers and the 21st-seeded ’69-’70 St. Louis Blues!

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