When it comes to winning a big game, the
That strength more than any other defined the Kings' 6-2 victory in Game 7 of the
From an early goal by Kings forward
"The inner arrogance and quiet confidence that's in this dressing room … I look around and know it's going to get done," said Williams, who's now 6-0 in Game 7. "No one has to be great, but everybody has to be good.
"And we were all good tonight."
The Kings advance to their third consecutive Western Conference finals, where they'll have a rematch of last year's loss to the defending
The top-seeded Ducks, meanwhile, were vanquished while falling behind 5-0 and losing for the third time in four home games, in the same building where they started the season 20-0-2.
"You feel like this could've been the year," Ducks forward
The Ducks also blew a 3-2 series lead last year in bowing to the
The lopsided defeat was their only four-goal home loss of the season, and the players struggled to answer why they collapsed in their moment of truth.
"That's the question everyone in this room is asking right now," Ducks center
The Ducks were the second-highest scoring team in the
"It's a bitter pill.… I lay a lot of that on our shoulders," Ducks center
The decision that will be debated about Boudreau, who suffered his fifth Game 7 loss at home, was making 20-year-old goalie John Gibson his starter in the rookie's seventh career NHL game.
"We weren't ready from the start," Gibson said. "I didn't make the saves I had to make and we lost the game."
Gibson gave up four goals on 18 shots and was sent to the bench on a blast shot past him by
Any Game 7 dram didn't last long.
First, Ducks defenseman
Less than five minutes later, Kings veteran forward
Carter, 29, in his 10th NHL season, was playing in his fourth career Game 7. He's never lost one.
The Ducks had a window to rally when forward Corey Perry was given a penalty shot with 5:52 left in the first. But Perry, who led the Ducks with 43 regular-season goals, never unleashed a shot as Quick poke-checked the puck away.
Just 1:04 later, the Kings pursued the fatal blow to their rival when center
"We made a conscious decision to be more aggressive, and it didn't work," Lovejoy said. "We have the right pieces in here, the right coaching staff, the right goaltending. Today, we weren't good at hockey."
Lovejoy paused for an extended period when asked if Friday was a heart issue.
"I don't know," he said. "Clearly, that Kings team outplayed us. All night."