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Stanley Cup playoffs: Kings blast Ducks to advance to Western Conference Finals

Stanley Cup playoffs: Kings blast Ducks to advance to Western Conference Finals

Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik, right, scores past Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson, left, and Sami Vatanen during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, May 12, 2014. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Chris Carlson

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Justin Williams, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards scored in an overwhelming first period, and the Los Angeles Kings advanced to their third straight Western Conference finals with a 6-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of their second-round series Friday night.

Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik and Tanner Pearson also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves to help the Kings claim the first postseason Freeway Faceoff series in thrilling style, winning back-to-back elimination games over their top-seeded Southern California rivals.

The Kings improved to 6-0 when facing elimination this spring, shredding rookie goalie John Gibson for four goals in the first 23 minutes in Game 7.

The defeat likely ended the career of 43-year-old Teemu Selanne, who intends to retire.

The Kings advanced to a conference finals rematch with the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks.

 

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