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Smith-Pelly, Gibson lead Ducks past LA Kings 4-3 in Game 5; Anaheim takes 3-2 series lead

Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 1:05 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Smith-Pelly, Gibson lead Ducks past LA Kings 4-3 in Game 5; Anaheim takes 3-2 series lead

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Devante Smith-Pelly scored two goals 1:23 apart in the second period, and the Anaheim Ducks moved to the brink of the Western Conference finals with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 on Monday night.

John Gibson made 39 saves in his second career playoff start as the Ducks took a 3-2 lead in the second-round series with their third straight victory.

Nick Bonino and Jakob Silfverberg also scored for the Ducks, who jumped to a three-goal lead in the second period and hung on behind their 20-year-old rookie goalie, earning the first home victory by either team in the series.

Marian Gaborik scored two goals for the Kings, who will face their fifth elimination game of the post-season.

Game 6 is Wednesday at Staples Center.

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