Weeks after Jarret Stoll was arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine and Ecstasy, he met with his boss, Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi.
Either way, it would have been a curious set of circumstances for Chicago center Brad Richards.
The Chicago Blackhawks will be playing for their third Stanley Cup in six seasons.
Game 7s were once an occasional form of advancement, not a stumbling block, for the Ducks.
Three assists in less than four minutes, four blocked shots and a plus-three rating.
There were his two assists in Game 5 between the Ducks and Blackhawks on Monday night at Honda Center. In some ways, though, what Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf did late in the game was also important.
Ducks 5, Chicago Blackhawks 4 (end of first overtime)
Leave it to Ducks forward Matt Beleskey to do away with the polite talk, cutting to the quick well, quickly.