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Rich Hammond: Kings: The Walking Undead

Five times in the last 21 days, the Kings have played a game that could end their season. They went 4-0 against San Jose in the first round, and Wednesday’s victory forced a Game 7 on Friday in Anaheim.

Mark Whicker: Gibson takes loss, blame, but series isn’t done

Gibson hasn’t gotten where he is by giving up consecutive softies. The issue is whether the Ducks can remember how to beat Quick, or whether he’s forgotten, again, how to lose.

Jeff Miller: After witnessing Game 6, all is OK

The Kings’ victory sets up a Game 7 on Friday at Honda Center, and is anyone really surprised that the historic first postseason series between these Southland rivals is going the distance? Hey, it’s history, folks. History takes a long time to happen.


Pierre LeBrun: Kings come up big once again

Rookie John Gibson was solid in his third straight start for the Ducks, stopping 21 of 23 shots, but it’s the second goal he gave up, to Trevor Lewis, that had a foul odor to it. Lewis beat Gibson with a soft wrist shot that squeezed through the rookie’s pads at 14:04 of the middle frame to make it 2-0, a killer of a goal to give up and definitely one he needs to have.


Curtis Zupke: Kings hold off Ducks to force Game 7

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

Curtis Zupke: Ducks’ Gibson on Lewis goal: ‘It happens’

It was obviously a bit surprising to see him slip for the first time, but Gibson made up for it with a sprawling glove save on Kings defenseman Drew Doughty later in the second period. He finished with 21 saves on 23 shots.

Corey Masisak: Kings overcome more adversity, force Game 7

Based on wins and losses, the Kings have been very streaky during the regular season and in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But the reality is they’re often consistent about the plan and the way they go about their business.


LuckieDuckie8: Ducks @ Kings Game 6 Recap: Missed Opportunity

I do not blame John Gibson for the loss of Game 6 by any means. It was a team loss. With that being said–that second goal was by far the softest goal I have seen in this season’s playoffs. It was unfortunate. Like I said, the loss of Game 6 is by no means attributed to only this goal since the Ducks had their chances to tie it up. But if only Gibson timed it perfectly to sit on that 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.