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A game of inches: LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks eager to go again after overtime thriller in opener

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    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov (26), of Russia, stands in the goal mouth as defenseman Alec Martinez (27), goalie Jonathan Quick (32) and right wing Justin Williams (14) defend a shot by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry during overtime in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 3, 2014. Kings won 3-2 in the overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)The Associated Press

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    CORRECTS COUNTRY GABORIK IS FROM - Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik (12), of Slovakia, scores on Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller (1), of Switzerland, during the overtime period to win 3-2 in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)The Associated Press

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    Anaheim Ducks center Mathieu Perreault (22) gets hit by Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin (6), defenseman Drew Doughty (8), and center Mike Richards (10) during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)The Associated Press

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    Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik, right, celebrates his goal with center Anze Kopitar (11), of Slovenia, to defeat the Anaheim Ducks during overtime in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 3, 2014. Kings won 3-2 in the overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)The Associated Press

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    ADDS PERIOD - Anaheim Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey celebrates scoring a goal in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)The Associated Press

The width of Alec Martinez's shin guard was the difference between the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks in their playoff series opener.

Corey Perry had the puck on his stick with a nearly open net early in overtime, but Martinez managed to block the shot by the Ducks' best goal-scorer.

Several minutes later, Marian Gaborik's game-winner put the Kings up 1-0 in the series heading to Game 2 on Monday night in Anaheim.

The Southern California rivals' first playoff meeting was every bit as entertaining as expected. The Ducks were pleased by their performance despite the loss, while the Kings' defensive depth became even shallower in victory.

Jeff Schultz could make his debut for Los Angeles in Game 2 if injured Willie Mitchell and Robyn Regehr can't play.