Kings hold off Ducks to force Game 7
May 15, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks went two decades without playing each other in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so it seems natural that the Southern California rivals will go to a Game 7 in the first Freeway series.
After a 99-degree day in Los Angeles, the Kings cooled off the Ducks with a signature defensive effort in a 2-1 win at Staples Center on Wednesday, forcing the teams to make one more trip down Interstate 5 to settle their Western Conference Second Round series. Game 7 is Friday at Honda Center (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS). The winner meets the Chicago Blackhawks in the conference final.
Game 7 theater doesn't get much better in a region that hasn't seen the backyard rivalry reach this level.
"Everyone is going to be excited," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "The bars will be packed. The arena will be packed. There will be lots of fans watching this one. We're just as excited. We're happy to be in this for California, obviously, but at the same time it is a war out there for us. We want to win and they want to win and it's going to be a good game."
Los Angeles got goals from Trevor Lewis and Jake Muzzin before allowing one on an atypically poor play by goalie Jonathan Quick to snap Anaheim's three-game winning streak. The Kings, who came back from a 3-0 first-round series deficit against the San Jose Sharks, improved to 7-1 in elimination games during the past two seasons.
Los Angeles is also 5-0 in these Stanley Cup Playoffs when leading after two periods after it closed out Anaheim to trigger falling confetti in the last thrilling series installment at Staples Center. The Kings held the Ducks scoreless on five power plays after Anaheim went 4-for-8 in Games 3, 4 and 5, and they held captain Ryan Getzlaf point-less for the first time in the series.
Anaheim's 0-for-5 power-play performance actually looked a lot worse.
"It stunk," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Did we get any shots on the five attempts? Nothing A-1. We didn't move the puck very well and we didn't support it very well. We've been good for the most part, but it's back to the drawing board with that."