Kings come up big once again

Ah yes, the power play. The Ducks went 0-for-5 on the night, including striking out on a chance when Slava Voynov got a high-sticking penalty with 6:59 to go.

"Power play wasn't good tonight, that's for sure," said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, held scoreless and not particularly impactful on this night.

"Overall we didn't create anything. We didn't do the things that we needed to do. Our second unit was not bad. They had some chances and stuff. But we got to be better than that.''

Of course, the guy playing net for the Kings had something to do with that Ducks power outage.

Aside from being beat on a beautiful Kyle Palmieri wrap-around goal in the second period, Quick was Quick again, at the top of his game in stopping 21 of 22 shots.

Rookie John Gibson was solid in his third straight start for the Ducks, stopping 21 of 23 shots, but it's the second goal he gave up, to Trevor Lewis, that had a foul odor to it. Lewis beat Gibson with a soft wrist shot that squeezed through the rookie's pads at 14:04 of the middle frame to make it 2-0, a killer of a goal to give up and definitely one he needs to have.

It prompted former Dallas Stars captain Mike Modano to tweet: "Don't anoint Gibson quite yet."

A little harsh, perhaps. Most notably, though, Gibson rebounded well for the rest of the night and didn't look rattled by the goal.

"Those things happen," said Perry. "We're not going to sit here and blame him. You look at the saves that he made. Diving across, glove save, all the other things that he did well. It's the guys in front of him. We got to get a couple more for him."

No, the story on this night wasn't Gibson, but rather how the resilient Los Angeles Kings did it yet again. They refuse to die. They lost three straight to the Sharks and, after going up 2-0, lost three straight again, to the Ducks. But it's mid-May and they're still alive.

"At the end of the day, we need to learn as a group, and it's been like this for three or four years, whether it's regular season or playoffs, we got to make it easier on ourselves," said Brown, the Kings' captain out of breath as he spoke to media after the game. "I think the one time we did that consistently [2012], everyone knows what happened.

"We keep going back to the well. It's a double-edged sword: It's great that we have that ability to dig our own grave and climb out of it, but we have one game to take care of here. From then on, we have to try and not put ourselves behind the eight ball.''

One more game, winner takes all, another chance for the Kings to show how much they love this stage.

"I don't want to say you don't have nerves, because you do, at the same time, Game 7s are fun to be a part of," said Brown. "The experience we have collectively as a group the last three or four years helps in these situations because we know what to do to be successful. We're worried about what we have to do. If we do what we have to do, I like our chances."

The Battle of SoCal deserves one more game. Two evenly matched contenders, both worthy of a conference finals berth where Chicago awaits, but only one club from here will get there.

"There's a lot of character guys in both rooms,'' said the Ducks' Cogliano said. "There's a lot of winners, and there's guys that simply don't want to lose. When you have that, you're going to have a battle."

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