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Helene Elliott: Bruce Boudreau’s gut instinct was on the mark in Ducks’ win

They won because of Gibson’s athleticism and calmness, because they again dented the Kings’ penalty killing — which continues to suffer without injured defensemen Willie Mitchell and Robyn Regehr—and because they pulled together in support of Gibson and each other. Getzlaf lifted his game too, and at one point blocked a shot by Drew Doughty that had eluded Gibson.

Chris Foster: No place like home (to lose) in this series

Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said this series “feels different.” Both teams have stayed in hotels near Honda Center and Staples Center the night before games. But, as Cogliano said, the teams “just drive down the road.”

Lance Pugmire: It’s rook takes Kings as Ducks win, 2-0, to even series

En route to the fourth consecutive win by the visiting team in hockey’s first freeway series, the Ducks gave Gibson a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Devante Smith-Pelly and Ryan Getzlaf, creating a deafening silence inside sold-out Staples Center as the period ended.


Rich Hammond: Gibson shuts out Kings to help Ducks even series

Gibson, the Ducks’ 20-year-old goalie of the future, became their puck-stopper of the present when Coach Bruce Boudreau tabbed him (over veteran Jonas Hiller) to replace the injured Frederik Andersen.

Jeff Miller: Ducks’ Smith-Pelly delivers Quick strike

The win not only pulled the Ducks even in the second-round series, 2-2, it also continued to chip away at the notion that Quick is armed with almost comic skills.

Mark Whicker: Ducks’ future provides boost for Ducks’ present

In four games for the varsity, Gibson has given up four goals. He also is the youngest goalie ever to pitch an NHL shutout in his first playoff game.


Pierre LeBrun: Rookie Gibson calmly evens series

Gibson seemingly had ice running through his veins as he stopped Marian Gaborik on a dangerous 2-on-1 chance in the first period, made a terrific pad save on a Tanner Pearson chance in the middle period when the Ducks were outshot and stoned Tyler Toffoli with his best save of the night, in-close on a one-timer from the slot in the third period.


Curtis Zupke: Rookie goalie blanks Kings; Ducks even series

It was the latest turn in a strange and compelling inaugural Freeway series in which the road team has won every game. The Ducks won despite going more than 25 minutes without a shot on goal, but that took a backseat to the main story.

Corey Masisak: Gibson era is officially underway for Ducks

They turned aside 25 shots from the Kings in Game 4, including 21 in the first 40 minutes alone. The biggest save of the game might not have been made by Gibson, but by captain Ryan Getzlaf, who got in front of a Drew Doughty shot in the second period with Gibson on the ground and an open net waiting.


Chris Kober: Ducks Grab Early Lead, Hold on for Dear Life to Even Series at Two

Just past the minute mark of the penalty the Ducks struck again. Sami Vatanen’s shot from the point left a rebound, which Corey Perry poked to Getzlaf coming in the back door. Getzy missed the open net as Quick was being his normal aggressive self, but he gathered the rebound behind the net and banked a shot off of Quick’s face and in for the two goal lead late in the first.

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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.