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Helene Elliott: Ducks’ Teemu Selanne finds limelight even amid career twilight

Selanne put the Ducks ahead, 2-1, during a power play at 15:10 of the second period, taking a perfect saucer pass from Nick Bonino and finishing off a two-on-one break by redirecting the puck past Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. The Ducks had to win this game or be within one loss of Selanne’s NHL farewell and another early summer. He and they fought that with every ounce of strength they had.

Lance Pugmire: Ducks beat Kings to make it three road wins in a row in series

Instead of using Hiller, who’s 0-5-2 at Staples, Boudreau inserted the rookie Andersen, who battled a fever and cold after getting pulled in favor of Hiller in the Ducks’ series-clinching Game 6 win in Dallas on April 27 but was 2-0 at Staples.

David Wharton: Ducks turn net into a revolving door for Frederik Andersen, Jonas Hiller

Frederik Andersen got the surprise start in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Kings, then got injured midway through the third period and gave way to Hiller.


Rich Hammond: Ducks Win

“I always joke about how we sell tickets,” said Selanne, whose goal gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead that they extended to 3-1 with Ben Lovejoy’s third-period goal. “We always make it interesting in our games.”.

Mark Whicker: Ducks are living for the city

Frederik Andersen started in goal, because Jonas Hiller never had won in Staples. But now Hiller has a “save.” Andersen, leading 2-1, went out after he apparently twisted his leg midway through the third period. Hiller, unsteady at first, made a big stop on Slava Voynov to keep the Kings behind.

Jeff Miller: Desperate Ducks perform a Freeway Facelift

We’re not going to second-guess Boudreau’s choice of lifting Hiller in favor of Andersen to start the game, but only because we so completely first-guessed it while sitting in the press box during warmups.


Pierre LeBrun: Ducks raise level of play for must win

Give an assist to the Ducks coach, too. Boudreau’s lineup changes — inserting defenseman Sami Vatanen, winger Kyle Palmieri and making Frederik Andersen the surprise starter in goal — all paid off.


Curtis Zupke: Ducks hang on to edge Kings in Game 3

The Ducks showed that they are back in their first Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings with a 3-2 win on Thursday at Staples Center. Perry recorded his first point of the Western Conference Second Round series and Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal for Anaheim, which pulled to 2-1 in the best-of-7 series by snapping the Kings’ remarkable six-game win streak.”

Corey Masisak: Hiller comes up big again in relief for Ducks

“I looked at the records of both guys at Staples Center and Hiller was 0-7 (actually 0-5-2) in his career here. Freddie was 2-0,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “It was like a baseball manager; [I] went with the guy that was comfortable here. And Hiller got the save.”

Corey Masisak: Selanne hasn’t lost his scoring touch

“Every moment. It’s awesome,” Selanne said. “I feel good. I’ve always said the playoffs is the best time for a hockey player. I try to enjoy it. We know everybody has to raise their level.”


LuckieDuckie8: Game 3 Ducks @ Kings Recap: A Game We Couldn’t Lose

Finally–A good solid win as a result of a good solid game from the Ducks. Firstly, 2 for 2 on the powerplay?! Secondly, the Ducks won those battle along the boards and behind the net. The Kings’ offense of dumping was not as effective because the Ducks made sure to regain possession of those pucks. Third, this game was by far one of the best in that the Ducks defense did not hesitate to clear those loose pucks in front of the net. Though Andersen did let out some fat rebounds, the Ducks did a great job in collapsing, pushing out the Kings players, and clearing the puck.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.