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Kings hold off Ducks in third period to force Game 7

May 15, 2014, 12:22 AM EDT

The final Battle of California in these Stanley Cup playoffs will have one, final clash.

The L.A. Kings can make it back to the Western Conference Final for a third consecutive time, after they forced a seventh and decisive game in their second-round series with the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. The Kings, needing a win to extend the series, held on, especially in the final two minutes, to defeat Anaheim by a final score of 2-1.

The Kings were down 3-0 in their opening round series to San Jose, came back to win. Again, they found themselves facing elimination after losing three consecutive games to the Ducks, but found a way to push this series to the limit.

Trevor Lewis scored the winner on a wrist shot that somehow beat John Gibson in the second period. As great as the 20-year-old Anaheim goalie has been since coming into this series in Game 4, this was one he’d probably like to have back. The shot somehow found room between his legs and rolled over the goal line, giving L.A. a two-goal lead at the time.

Kyle Palmieri got one back for the Ducks late in the second period, but Jonathan Quick was unbeatable in the third period, especially when it got frantic around his net with Anaheim pressing for the equalizer.

The Ducks also couldn’t take advantage of a late third-period power play. Home ice advantage has been a peculiar element in this series.

The road team won each of the first four games in this series, before the Ducks took Game 5 in their building and the Kings took Game 6 at the Staples Center.

  1. patthehockeyfan - May 15, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Quickie > Gibson

    Good game by Anaheim; better game by the Kings!

    GKG!!!

    (I have to get up for work in 3 hours. good night!)

    • asimonetti88 - May 15, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      Glad Game 7 is in our house. Go Ducks!

    • fpstratton - May 15, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      Yes, Quick outdueled Gibson. Gibson made one big mistake, obviously, and that was the difference, but I will say that I was extremely impressed with the young man’s poise when he turned around and made several huge saves not long after he allowed that second goal. He didn’t fall apart, and that bodes extremely well for him in a game 7.

    • cyggyx1 - May 15, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      Yeah, considering the refs are idoits (kings slashing broken sticks and last night gets the first call on that against the ducks. And now that the kings are back to playing tackle and hold hockey….well, sure they’re great players, each and every queen on the ice. Cant wait til next season when the retribution comes knocking on the queens door.

  2. slickvb82 - May 15, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Go Kings!

    PS…thanks NBC for losing your live stream with 40 sec left, not cool.

    • r8rbhawk - May 15, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      seriously, wtf NBC? Only the most exciting part of the game goes black… I swear, with this and the constant Nascar and F1 commercials, you guys are killing me.

      • trbowman - May 15, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        I think I speak for all hockey fans when I say the NHL is the only reason we got NBCSN

      • r8rbhawk - May 15, 2014 at 2:47 AM

        yup, I am glad we can catch the games, I actually stream them all on the computer while I “work” So I am not sure about the telecast but the internet stream contains the same few commercials during every commercial break which get old real quick. Here is a breakdown: The US open is coming in June, Ryder cup later this fall, Nascar is coming 2015, F1 monaco grand prix at the end of the month, and you no longer need wires with directv oh and California Chrome is ready to try to win at the Preakness “the sport of kings”

      • bilbono - May 15, 2014 at 2:55 AM

        Thank you, I thought I was the only one!

      • cyggyx1 - May 15, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        Too bad for hockey that people who cant or wont pay for cable tv, dont get to watch the games. oh wait, 1 game a week on sundays and a few playoff games on the peoples airwaves. Great way to promote the sport. Pay tv is the biggest rippoff ever. a little wind, or rain, get ready for your signal to go in n out.

    • trbowman - May 15, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      Lucky for them there was a timeout. Thought it was my satellite at first.

  3. billiam55 - May 15, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    i can only imagine the reaction by ducks and kings fans when they lost NBC feed for that last minute.

    • patthehockeyfan - May 15, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      Can you say coronary?

  4. nightfireop - May 15, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    go kings, but none of this matters anymore; by friday whoever it hungrier will win the series.

    • joey4id - May 15, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      Do you seriously think at this stage one team wants to win more than the other? C’mon!

      • cyggyx1 - May 15, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        you really think your so smarter than everybody don’t you, Capt Obvious.

      • joey4id - May 15, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        Not really. there are some smart people here; patthehockeyfan, blomfeld, valoisvipers, and we have one dude who played in the Q, and was an overager and playoff hero. But! I do believe I’m smarter than nightfireop and cyggyx1. ;-)

      • blomfeld - May 16, 2014 at 12:48 AM

        Hey Cyggyx1 … I’ll have you know that Joey is a friend of mine, so FU … in fact, ‘FU’ seriously !

      • joey4id - May 16, 2014 at 5:38 AM

        ;-) can you also blow away imnotyourbudfyguy?

        Go Kings!

    • dickschofield8291986 - May 15, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      So, it’s up to the team nutritionists now? Who knew?

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - May 15, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Wow! What a frantic and exciting finish. Quick looked unbeatable at times in this one. Id also like to thank NBCSN for losing the feed partially with 30 seconds left.

  6. r8rbhawk - May 15, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    cue the Blomfeld “we got ‘em right where we want ‘em” in 3,2,1…

    • nightfireop - May 15, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      don’t even think about it. none of us here acknowledge that kind of fan acting.

      • joey4id - May 15, 2014 at 8:05 AM

        That’s because people like you have no sense of humor. Chill! unwind a little.

      • blomfeld - May 16, 2014 at 12:49 AM

        FU Nightfireop ! … in fact, ‘FU’ seriously !

  7. dubblelznhell - May 15, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Honestly, NBC is a garbage network. Pierre McGuire is a prime example of why they don’t know how to give viewers what they want

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 15, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      I’m not a Pierre fan either, far from it, but get a grip pal. We briefly lost the signal, fortunately missed nothing. Excrement occurs. Not to state the obvious, but actually, they sure give me what I want. A few years ago, we’d see a small percentage of the playoff games. Hell, the last time MY team won, the Finals weren’t even on US TV. Now, we can see every game.

      • fpstratton - May 15, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        Yes….not a big fan of some of the people on NBCSN, but who gives a rip? We get to see the games!

      • cyggyx1 - May 15, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        ONLY if you PAY for it. cnbc coverage starts in January. 1 game a week.

        You must be an nbc employee

        Two games this past Sunday, Zero CNBC coverage. This is playoff season, and they cant show a game on sunday. wtf.

  8. suesawicki2000 - May 15, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    Good game, way to do it Kings. Thanks NBC for letting us see the start of the game tonight, only to take us back to Boston, so we could watch them shake hands. Oh and then that little black out at the very end with just seconds to go, when you lost feed.

    Hey NBC, hockey games are not 2 1/2 hrs. long. Quit trying to show the games on the same channel. Funny, last night you showed both those games on different channels. We all know how you feel about West Coast games, so quit bidding on them and let a more qualified station show them.

  9. patthehockeyfan - May 15, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Why, all of a sudden, is there a P.K. Subban – Pierre McGuire video with this story?

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