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Los Angeles’ Jeff Carter scores against Anaheim goalie John Gibson in the first period. The Kings routed the Ducks 6-2 in Game 7 of their series.
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NHL notebook: Kings eliminate Ducks

– Justin Williams, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards scored in an overwhelming first period, and the Los Angeles Kings advanced to their third straight Western Conference finals with a 6-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of their second-round series Friday night.

Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik and Tanner Pearson also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves to help the Kings claim the first postseason Freeway Faceoff series against their rival.

The defeat likely ended the career of 43-year-old Teemu Selanne, who intends to retire.

The Kings advanced to a conference finals rematch with the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Penguins dump GM

Pittsburgh fired general manager Ray Shero, while the status of coach Dan Bylsma will be evaluated.

Team co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle said it was time to take the franchise in a new direction after the team’s latest playoff flameout.

No apology from disappointed Bruin

Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic said something to Montreal’s Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin that made them angry during the traditional post-series handshake.

None of those involved would say what exactly Lucic said. But, according to reports, he threatened to retaliate against the two Canadiens next season.

Lucic said that he wasn’t sorry. And he blamed the Montreal players for breaking a code in which what’s said on the ice should stay there.

Blue Jackets sign center for 3 years

Columbus signed center Alexander Wennberg to a three-year, entry-level contract.

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