John Gibson made it sound so simple.
"We knew they were capable of coming back. We just had to get the job done and find a way," the
The Ducks and their 20-year-old goaltender hung on for a 4-3 Game 5 victory — the first win by a home team in hockey's freeway series — to take a three-games-to-two lead in the
Behind Gibson's 39 saves and two goals from forward
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau and some of his players said they expect even more intensity in Los Angeles.
"Toughest job our team's ever had," Boudreau said.
"So strong and confident, with a lot of character . . . they just don't give up," Ducks forward
That said, the Ducks didn't blow the lead as they did in losing Game 1 in Anaheim, and they flexed offensive muscle at will when they had to in building a three-goal lead in the second period.
"We faced a lot of their best punches," Cogliano said.
The Kings answered with their first goal in 69 minutes 43 seconds when forward
Then the Ducks erupted for three goals in the first 8:23 of the second, threatening to turn it into a rout.
Smith-Pelly's first goal made it 2-1; he was credited for getting a toe on a shot by center
Just 1:23 later, Smith-Pelly, 21, did more heavy lifting. Center
Quick, who was replaced in Game 4 after going down 2-0 in the first period, soon found himself trailing 4-1, the Ducks scoring on their 17th shot of the game when forward
A roar of "Beat L.A.!" rang in Anaheim.
Minutes after Kings defenseman
Game 1 hero Gaborik pulled L.A. to within 4-2 with a point-blank shot on net with 1:18 left in the second.
"That third period . . . I think we sold a lot of season tickets for next year," Selanne said. "We've got to learn from this."
But Gibson then stopped a Gaborik backhand early in the third, and after Gaborik made it 4-3 with a deflection that bounced off Ducks defenseman
Gibson is now 2-0 in the playoffs, including his 28-save shutout win in Game 4.