The Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings met at the STAPLES Center on Wednesday night, in Game 6 of their seven game series in the Western Conference semifinals. Anaheim entered the game with a 3-2 game series lead, so the Kings were going to need a win on their home ice in order to avoid elimination and force a Game 7.
When the final whistle blew, the Kings were able to come away with the win and force a do-or-die Game 7 that will air Friday night at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Los Angeles got off to exactly the kind of start they were hoping for when Jake Muzzin got the Kings on the board with a goal just eight minutes into the contest. Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik recorded assists on the play.
The Kings built on their lead in the second period when Justin Williams assisted Trevor Lewis, who scored his fourth goal of the postseason, to put Los Angeles up two goals with just over 20 minutes to go.
With the Ducks feeling the pressure and watching the game slip away from them, Kyle Palmieri was able to sneak the puck past Jonathan Quick to draw within one goal entering the final period.
Both teams were unable to convert on power plays throughout the first half of the third period, as both teams began to pick up the pace down the final stretch of the game.
Slava Voynov picked up a bad penalty for the Kings with just seven minutes remaining for a high stick on Mathieu Perreault. Voynov took Perreault’s legs out from under him and smacked him in the face with his stick as the Ducks forward went tumbling to the ice.
The Ducks kept the pressure on Quick throughout the power play, but Quick continued to come up with some huge saves for Los Angeles to keep them ahead as they killed the Anaheim power play.
Just when Anaheim was starting to pick up their attack on the offensive ice, Ben Lovejoy picked up a high sticking penalty of his own that put the Ducks down an attacker at a crucial time with just four minutes remaining in the game.
The Kings nearly scored a dagger, but John Gibson was doing everything in his power to keep the Ducks in the game.
Quick made some huge saves in the final minute, which was all the Kings needed to stay alive in the series and advance to a must-win game for both teams on Friday.