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Jeff Gross/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- Justin Williams scored four and a half minutes in to the start of Game Seven and the Los Angeles Kings never looked back. Six different players scored as the Kings polished off the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 to advance to their third straight Western Conference Finals.
"I think we just focused on trying to have a good start," said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter. "If you score the first goal it's been an advantage in this series."
So far in the NHL Playoffs, the team that scores first has won 25 of 26 games. Los Angeles has also won six straight games this postseason when facing elimination, including rallying from down 3-0 in their opening round series with San Jose.
The Kings jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period and added another goal thanks to Anze Kopitar just two minutes into the second. That chased rookie goalkeeper John Gibson but a change in net did not deter Los Angeles. Marion Gaborik would eventually score on Jonas Hiller to make the score 5-0 before Anaheim finally got on the board thanks to Kyle Palmieri.
Jonathan Quick allowed just two goals and made 25 saves in the win. Los Angeles will face the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks for the second consecutive season. The Kings hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2012.
Friday's game also marked the end of the career of Anaheim's Teemu Selanne. Affectionately known as "The Finnish Flash", Selanne played 15 of his 21 season with the Ducks and helped bring the franchise its only championship in 2007. Both teams stayed on the ice following the game as fans in Anaheim saluted the soon-to-be retired forward.
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Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Montreal Canadiens are heading to the Eastern Conference finals.
Dale Weise, Max Pacioretty, and Daniel Briere all scored goals as the Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Bruins came into the playoffs as the defending Eastern Conference champions and the NHL's top team in the regular season. They took a 3-2 series lead after Game 5, but were unable to close out their heated rivals.
"You have an opportunity to get one step closer to the Stanley Cup," said Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban. "We deserve it. We played hard. Nothing has come easy for us all year."
Carey Price made 29 saves for the Canadiens, who will face the New York Rangers in the conference finals. Game 1 will be played on Saturday in Montreal.
"Carey Price was outstanding. Gave them a chance to win every night," Bruins coach Claude Julien said of the goalie who backstopped Canada to Olympic gold in February. "You play the way he did, it gives his team a lot of confidence and one of the keys to their success."
It's just the second time since 1993 that the Canadiens have reached the third round of the playoffs.
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Bruce Kluckhohn/National Hockey League/Getty Images(ST. PAUL, Minn.) -- Patrick Kane lives for the dramatic moments.
Kane scored the game-winning goal 9:42 into overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in Game 6 on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference finals.
"He's a special player, and guys have that instinct, have that knack of finding pucks, wanting to be out there, wanting to score," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
Kris Versteeg scored 1:58 into the first period to set the tone for Chicago. Corey Crawford made 34 saves, but in the end, the story was all about Kane's heroics.
"We probably didn't play our best tonight, but just finding a way to win is something this team has done for many years now," Kane said. The 25-year-old now has four playoff overtime game-winning goals in his career.
Erik Haula scored a goal during the second period to tie the game at 1, but it wasn't enough as the Wild were eliminated from the playoffs.
"We really believe that we were capable of doing more than just winning this game," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "Our guys did everything that we asked and they laid it on the line, and that's what hurts."
The Blackhawks will face either the Anaheim Ducks or the Los Angeles Kings in the next round.
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Elsa/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves as the New York Rangers topped the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Tuesday night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
Brian Boyle and Brad Richards scored goals for the Rangers, w...
Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semifinals: Boston Bruins 4 - Montreal Canadiesn 2 (Bruins lead series, 3-2)
NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semifinals: Brooklyn Nets 104 - Miami Heat 90 (Heat lead series, 2-1)
Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NHL Playoffs - Eastern Conference Second Round: New York Rangers 5 - Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Penguins lead series, 3-2)
Minnesota Wild 4 - Chicago Blackhawks 2 (Blackhawks lead series, 2-1)
NBA Playoffs - Eastern Co...
Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(TORONTO) -- Despite an early playoff exit, the Toronto Leafs are hanging onto head coach Randy Carlyle as the two sides have agreed on an extension.
Carlyle agreed on a two-year extension with the club, but assistants...
Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NASHVILLE) -- The Nashville Predators have hired Peter Laviolette as their new coach, the team announced on Tuesday. He will replace Barry Trotz, who served as the Predators coach since the club’s inception into...
Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Newly hired Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis fired coach Kirk Muller on Monday after the team finished 36-35-11 this season.
Francis also fired most of Muller's coaching staff and is l...
Harry How/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- Marian Gaborik scored just 34 seconds into the game and Jonathan Quick made 36 saves as Los Angeles defeated Anaheim 3-1 in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinals.
The win gives the Kings a 2-0 series e...
Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sidney Crosby has had a knack for scoring big goals, except in this year's playoffs. That changed on Monday night, when the Penguins star tallied his first score of the postseason to lead Pittsburgh to a 2-0 win ...
Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs: Washington Wizards 102 - Indiana Pacers 96 (Wizards lead series 1-0)
Clippers 120 - Thunder 101 (Clippers lead series 1-0)
NHL Playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins 2 - New York Rangers 0 (Penguins lead series 2-1...
Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid has officially been ruled out for the season due to a right ankle injury."McQuaid underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on Thursday, May 1 on his right ankle," ...
Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Despite trailing 3-1 early into the third period, the Boston Bruins were able to rally back and defeat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 to even their series 1-1 on Saturday afternoon.
6:30 in the third period, ...
Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs - First Round: Brooklyn Nets 97 - Toronto Raptors 83 (Series tied, 3-3)
Dallas Mavericks 113 - San Antonio Spurs 111 (Series tied, 3-3)
Portland Trail Blazers 99 - Houston Rockets 98 (Trail Blazers win seri...
Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Instead of hanging up his skates, Jaromir Jagr is returning to the NHL for his 21st season as he has informed the New Jersey Devils he will be returning next season.
One of the most decorated players i...
Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After just one season at the helm, ESPN reports that the Vancouver Canucks will fire head coach John Tortorella.
Totorella just finished the first season of a five-year deal after spending the previous fi...
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- The historic comeback for the Los Angeles Kings is complete.
Anze Kopitar scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, Jonathan Quick made 39 saves, and the Kings came back from being three games down to st...
Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Daniel Carcillo and Benoit Pouliot scored goals as the New York Rangers edged the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on Wednesday night to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
"When you're in, you try to...
Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- With his team's season on the line, Wayne Simmonds stepped up big time. Simmonds scored three goals as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers 5-2 to even their first Eastern Confer...