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LA TIMES

Lance Pugmire: Ducks put away Kings quickly in overtime, 3-2

“The game fulfilled the expected seriousness given the Kings’ desperation and the Ducks’ push to earn a second consecutive Western Conference No. 1 seeding as the teams engaged in a physical battle that entertained the sellout crowd.”

Lance Pugmire: What we learned from the Ducks’ 3-2 victory over the Kings

“Yet, rallying for an NHL-best 12th come-from-behind win when trailing after two periods, while knowing the Kings were far more desperate to win than the NHL points leader, undoubtedly provides some comfort.”

Helene Elliott: Ryan Kesler continues to deliver for the Ducks; scores winner against Kings

“Every game they play against the Kings is emotional and has a playoff-like tension, even when they meet in October or January. He has risen to the occasion every time.”

OC REGISTER

Eric Stephens: Kesler’s goal in OT lifts Ducks over Kings

“The Kings were able to protect a 1-0 lead behind Quick on Monday against Arizona. But they couldn’t hold off the Ducks, who managed to jump back into the NHL points lead with 97.”

PUCK DADDY

Josh Cooper: Kings’ playoff worth still questionable after OT loss to Ducks

“Does Los Angeles not have the magic mojo that has propelled it to two of the last three Stanley Cups? It’s one game in mid-March. And with this team, we won’t know until the playoffs – maybe.”

SB Nation – ANAHEIM CALLING

EricTheHawk: Mr. Rivalry Seals Ducks 3-2 Overtime Win Over LA In Final Regular Season Meeting

“While two of the wins came in shootouts and this one came in overtime, this season series performance feels and is statistically backed as much better than last season.”

SB Nation – JEWELS FROM THE CROWN

Eric K.: Recap: LA (Momentarily) Overcomes Anaheim’s Late-Game Magic

“Why do we even bother watching the first two periods of games between the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks at this point?”

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

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

Bio

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

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

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

Bio

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

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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

Bio

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.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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

Bio

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.

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