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Los Angeles Kings eliminate rival Anaheim Ducks 6-2 in Game 7, advance to West finals

  • Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter, left, scores past Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson during the first period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, May 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter, left, scores past Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson during the first period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, May 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, third from left, and defenseman Sami Vatanen, of Finland, second from left, lie on Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams, left, who scored on Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson, center, as Kings center Mike Richards, upper right, and defenseman Alec Martinez, lower right, celebrate during the first period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series, Friday, May 16, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, third from left, and defenseman Sami Vatanen, of Finland, second from left, lie on Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams, left, who scored on Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson, center, as Kings center Mike Richards, upper right, and defenseman Alec Martinez, lower right, celebrate during the first period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series, Friday, May 16, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Anaheim Ducks right wing Kyle Palmieri, left, scores past Los Angeles Kings' Jonathan Quick during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, May 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Anaheim Ducks right wing Kyle Palmieri, left, scores past Los Angeles Kings' Jonathan Quick during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, May 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

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 in thrilling style, winning back-to-back elimination games over their top-seeded Southern California rivals.

The Kings improved to 6-0 when facing elimination this spring, shredding rookie goalie John Gibson for four goals in the first 23 minutes in Game 7.

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.