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Eric Stephens: Magic Kingdom rules against the Ducks in Game 7

The first-ever postseason series between Southern California’s two NHL franchises seemed set on a dramatic finale to end a back-and-forth Western Conference semifinal. The Kings did away with that by running roughshod over the Ducks in a 6-2 annihilation Friday night.

Mark Whicker: Freeway closure stops Ducks

Goaltending was a nearly nonstop issue for the Ducks in both series. But the trouble area, back in September, was supposed to be defense. Could the Ducks put together a backline that could deal with Kopitar, just to throw out a name, in the playoffs? The regular season went so well that people quit asking that question. The playoffs brought it back, particularly Friday night.

Jeff Miller: In a flash, Selanne robbed of appropriate goodbye

Unfortunately, Selanne’s brilliant career ended with a Ducks’ performance unworthy of serving as an appropriate goodbye. This was a Game 7 impossibly robbed of all drama before the first period was even over, so glaring and pathetic was this mismatch.


Pierre LeBrun: Kings show Ducks who is boss

There is so much to like about this Ducks team, too, moving forward; from Gibson to Devante Smith-Pelly, Sami Vatanen, Lindholm, Cam Fowler, Jakob Silfverberg, Rickard Rakell, Emerson Etem and others in the system, Anaheim is going to be around for years to come.


Curtis Zupke: Kings eliminate Ducks, face Blackhawks next

Anaheim was motivated all season to make up for its disappointing Game 7 defeat against the Detroit Red Wings in the conference quarterfinals last spring, also at home. Instead, the Ducks will face another summer of doubt and guilt that was unfitting of the final game for 43-year-old Teemu Selanne.

Curtis Zupke: Selanne’s career ends in Ducks’ Game 7 loss to Kings

Selanne took to the area so well he settled into a house in the secluded, gated community of Coto de Caza, centered around a golf course in south Orange County. The family speaks Finnish at home, but his kids have no accent and are like most other American kids, to the point where Selanne never wanted to uproot them from their friends by moving.

Corey Masisak: Ducks pay the price for slow start in Game 7

The Ducks were doing a lot of hitting in the first half of the first period, but they weren’t doing much with the puck when they had it. Passes were not precise. Turnovers were a huge problem. Everything was askew, and the Kings preyed on the miscues.


Chirs Kober: Ducks Don’t Show Up for Game 7, Lose 6-2

The Ducks’ only real chance to get back in the game came with about six minutes left in the first. Perry blocked a Drew Doughty shot at the blueline and jumped on it for a break away. Live in the arena it seemed like Doughty was all over him, but in fact he really just got a piece of Perry’s stick. Doughty complained about it for a good 30 seconds, and now that I see the replay, rightfully so. But Hockey Karma was served I guess, when Perry was pokechecked by Jonathan Quick.

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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.