The Anaheim Ducks have lost the first two games of the series against the Los Angeles Kings, and have struggled to put together a complete game. But the problem doesn’t have to do with goaltending. Jonas Hiller has been given the start in both games and has played well. He lost his starting job earlier in the playoffs due to late-season struggles, but there is no reason to demote him back to the bench.
The Ducks have struggled to score goals and covert opportunities. They had a great chance to start the series off strong, but gave up a goal in the last 10 seconds of the first game and ended up losing in overtime. Tonight, they were able to match the Kings physically, but were unable to score on their numerous chances.
Jonathan Quick has been on fire, as has the defense of the Kings. They have played very well against the top line of the Ducks and are making things difficult. Marian Gaborik has scored several key goals, and the Kings’ top line has outplayed the star players on the Ducks.
The Ducks need Hiller if they want to come back against the Kings. Hiller has the rare ability to carry a team through the playoffs all the way to the Stanley Cup. When on his game, he is one of the toughest goaltenders to score against and can take over a game. The Ducks will need something special, and Hiller can provide that. They need him to become a dominating presence for the rest of the series and match Quick’s outstanding play.