For the second consecutive year, the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks will face off in the NHL Western Conference Final.
As they are prone to do, the Kings came back from a 3-2 series deficit with a decisive 6-2 win in Game 7 against the Anaheim Ducks.
Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau talked extensively before the game about the need to start strong in Game 7, but the Kings scored their first goal on the power play just 4:30 into the first period, and never looked back.
They built a 3-0 lead by the end of the first period, chased star rookie goaltender John Gibson early in the second and withstood a late charge by the Ducks in the third.
Ducks' veteran Teemu Selanne received a rousing ovation after the game to celebrate what is likely the end of a long and storied NHL career.
The Kings are now 6-0 in these playoffs when facing elimination and will start the next round on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET at the United Center in Chicago.
Final score: Kings 6, Ducks 2
Los Angeles wins best-of-seven series 4-3 and will meet the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final.