ANAHEIM, Calif. - 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 post-season 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.