Kings show Ducks who is boss

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Bruce Willis has nothing on these Los Angeles Kings.

Die hard? Huh, you better believe it.

Justin Williams did his Game 7 thing, Jonathan Quick proved why he's the top money goalie in the NHL, Anze Kopitar covered 200 feet seemingly at once and the Kings improved to 6-0 in elimination games this spring with a 6-2 rout of the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7.

"I've said it multiple times, that this group that we have -- the inner arrogance, or quiet confidence, whatever you want to call it -- in this dressing room," Williams said. "I look around and trust that everybody's going to do his job. Nobody has to be great, but everybody has to be good. And we were all good tonight.''

The Kings were dominant. Pure and simple. Just as they were in Game 7 at San Jose last round.

"It's in this room. We don't look outside too much," said star center Kopitar. "We believe in this room and that's the most important thing, trusting each other. When you throw a little urgency on top of it, we're playing pretty good hockey."

It was an anticlimactic end to what had been a very closely played Southern California series, the first-ever between the Ducks and Kings.

But on this night, big brother patted little brother on the head and said, "Not yet, kid."

The young Ducks looked nervous early on while the veteran Kings came out of the gates like a pack of wild dogs unleashed, pounding the Anaheim zone on the first few shifts.

The early pressure produced a Ben Lovejoy hooking call on Kings captain  Dustin Brown. That led to Mr. Game 7 himself opening the scoring at 4:30, as Williams put a rebound home. Make it six goals and six assists in six career Game 7s for the former Flyers winger. Crazy.

"The thing I'm proudest of is the 6-0 [record in Game 7s], and the fact that we're moving on," said Williams of his teams being 6-0 in seventh games during his career. "At the end of my career, I'll look back and be proud of it."

The team scoring first had gone 6-0 in this series and Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau talked Thursday about how badly he wanted his team to get it.

They never came close.

Jeff Carter, the Team Canada Olympic version, burst through the middle of the ice, flung Hampus Lindholm off him like he was a flea, and skated in alone to beat John Gibson with a backhand deke.

It was 2-0 just 8:48 into the game and the Ducks bench looked stunned.

Corey Perry could have made things interesting had he converted on a controversial penalty shot at 14:08, but he was denied by the fortress known as Quick.

When Mike Richards put home a rebound of a Dwight King shot at 15:12, the whole building knew what that meant: Game, set, match ... series.

You're just not coming back from that deficit on the NHL's stingiest regular-season team. It ain't happening.

"With our group of guys, it's going to be tough to come back from that,'' said Brown.

When Kopitar made it 4-0 just 2:02 into the second period, rookie Gibson got the hook. The final nail.

"One of our goals was coming out hard in the first period," said Kings star blueliner Drew Doughty. "We even said before the game, 'Everyone is talking about this Gibson, let's see [ Jonas] Hiller  tonight.' We managed to do that and that was one of our goals."

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