Kings defenseman Alec Martinez scored a power-play goal in the first period Saturday in Game 1, delivered several punishing checks and made the save of the game when he stuck up his leg to bail out an out-of-position goaltender Jonathan Quick and deny the Ducks’ Corey Perry in the opening minutes of sudden-death OT.
“I guess I channeled my inner goalie, playing in the driveway when I was younger,” a smiling Martinez said. “I just tried to get in front of it. I knew Quick had just made a save and was trying to get over, so I just tried to get down and get in front of it.”
Martinez was asked who is was that he was channeling.
“Growing up in Detroit, I guess Chris Osgood was around,” he said of the former Red Wings netminder, “and Patrick Roy obviously was one of the best.”
Martinez laughed when it was pointed out that he was playing both sides of a very intense rivalry between Osgood of the Red Wings and Roy of the Colorado Avalanche during the mid- to late-1990s.
“I was a kid,” he said. “I had a good excuse.”