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Final: Ducks clinch division title with, 4-3, OT win over Kings

“Eaves continued his goal scoring tear with his fourth in five games and ninth in 11. His 11 tallies in 20 games with the Ducks has given them a major boost but the winger would leave the ice with an upper-body in the second period after what Carlyle said was a cross check in front of the Kings’ net.”

Miller: Ho-hum, the Ducks win the division … and nothing else yet

“Not to sound unnecessarily harsh or anything, but the Ducks succeeding in the regular season is sort of like a peck on the cheek.

It’s nice and all, but it doesn’t really mean much. And rarely does it lead to something more meaningful.

Indeed, the Ducks finished with a points-accumulating flourish over the final five weeks of the regular season. That, however, isn’t the finish anyone cares about once the next puck drops.”

Fourth line giving Ducks some first-rate work of late

“Since returning to the lineup, Shaw scored in three straight games – including a game-winning goal on April 2 in Calgary. Wagner brought goals in consecutive games into Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Kings. And Thompson got his first point of the season Tuesday against the Flames.”

Kings broadcaster Bob Miller’s career signoff: Good night and good bye

“To close the broadcast, the FSW camera showed a view of the TV booth from the opposite side of the arena that gave viewers a chance to see Miller take off his head set, give the thumbs up to fans applauding him below, and get a hug from longtime stage manager Donna Moskal, who wiped away her own tears.”

Yahoo! Sports – Puck Daddy

Ducks win Pacific, ruin potential Battles of Alberta and California

“Oh, wait, that’s right: [Expletive] the Anaheim Ducks, whose Pacific Division title means that the Edmonton Oilers finished second. And that means that a potential Battle of Alberta between the Oilers and Flames in the first round was scuttled, as well as a Battle of California between the Ducks and the San Jose Sharks.”

LA Times

What we learned from the Ducks’ 4-3 OT win over the Kings

“Fowler’s injury and previous injuries to defensemen Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm placed more importance on Theodore taking more responsibility. He produced the overtime goal, his first in the NHL.”

SB Nation – Anaheim Calling

Ducks vs Kings RECAP: 5 Years and Counting

“It wouldn’t be any fun to walk into the playoffs on a loss, and to the Kings no less. A face-off to the right of Bernier sent the puck down the rink and had Rakell on a race. He would beat his man, chipping the puck to Shea Theodore who went bar down, sending LA to the golf course officially.”

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.
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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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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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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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