Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Kings eliminate rival Ducks in Game 7

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 host 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.

Game 1 is Sunday in Chicago.

Penguins fire Shero

The Pittsburgh Penguins hired Ray Shero as general manager eight years ago with the mandate to build a roster around two of the game's brightest stars and turn ticker-tape parades through downtown into an annual rite of spring.

Nearly a decade - but just one Stanley Cup later - Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin find themselves on a perennially underachieving team. And Shero finds himself out of a job.

The Penguins fired Shero, three days after another early playoff exit, this one a seven-game loss to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Coach Dan Bylsma remains in charge until Shero's replacement gets a chance to evaluate the entire organization.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

The Montreal Canadiens can rest easy. They won't be disrespected by their next playoff opponent. If anything, the New York Rangers are giving them too much respect heading into Saturday's opener of the Eastern Conference finals in Montreal.

The Canadiens come in following a bitter matchup with the Boston Bruins that concluded with harsh words in the series-ending handshake line. Bruins forward Milan Lucic reportedly threatened defenseman Alexei Emelin and forward Dale Weise.

- Associated Press

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