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The Ducks need their top players to produce more offensively.
Neither Corey Perry nor Ryan Getzlaf has scored a goal in the first two games of this series. Matt Beleskey, the third member of the Ducks' top line, has scored only once.
The Kings found a way to shut down the Ducks' top trio and the result was a pair of victories for Los Angeles.
The Ducks had the last change as the home team in the first two games. Initially, coach Bruce Boudreau wanted to match Getzlaf, Perry and Beleskey against the Kings' top line of Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown.
Boudreau changed his mind midway through Game 2, however.
"I did it because Kopitar’s line was dominating them," Boudreau explained to reporters. "I could be stubborn and leave them out there all day, but we had to move something around to get away from it. Then, maybe [Getzlaf’s] line could get something accomplished."
Boudreau will not have the advantage of the final change in Games 3 and 4, but he needs to find a way to get his top line to score more often—regardless of who they match up against.
Perry was second in the NHL with 43 goals during the regular season. Getzlaf scored 31 more. It's time for the Ducks to get that duo going.
In the playoffs, teams need their top goal scorers to produce. So far in this series, the Ducks haven't gotten enough scoring from their top trio.