ANAHEIM, Calif. - Southern California is in hockey heaven.
In their 20th year of head-to-head competition for the hearts of the Southland's hockey fans, the Kings and Ducks are finally meeting in the playoffs. That's the only way to start a true rivalry between these neighbours, according to players from both teams.
Their rinks are 30 miles apart on the I-5 freeway, and both teams are eager for a series with no significant travel. That's normal for many Eastern Conference teams, but unprecedented in the West.
The high-scoring Ducks dominated the defence-first Kings in the regular season, winning four of five.