ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Three first-period goals paved the way as the Los Angeles Kings coasted with a 6-2 drubbing of the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series before a sellout crowd of 17,395 at Honda Center on Friday night.
With the win, the Kings advanced to the conference final, where they will meet the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks. Game 1 is Sunday at the United Center.
Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 25 shots, while Ducks rookie netminder John Gibson gave up four goals on 18 shots in a little more than a period before being replaced by Jonas Hiller at 2:02 of the second. Hiller finished with 10 saves.
Right winger Justin Williams gave the Kings a 1-0 lead with a power play goal at 4:30 of the first period and they never looked back. Williams corralled a loose puck near the crease and slipped it past Gibson for his fifth goal of the postseason.
Center Jeff Carter made it 2-0, converting a breakaway just four minutes later.
A hooking penalty by defenseman Drew Doughty on a breakaway by Anaheim's Corey Perry earned the Ducks right winger a penalty shot with 5:52 left in the first. However, Quick stuffed Perry's attempt.
Center Mike Richards rebounded a miss by left winger Dwight King and banged it past Gibson for a 3-0 advantage with 4:48 remaining in the period.
Center Anze Kopitar scored just 2:02 into the second period, firing a wrist shot and ending Gibson's night.
Right winger Marian Gaborik scored his ninth postseason goal on a power play with 5:52 remaining in the second period for a 5-0 lead.
The Ducks got on the board with 2:58 left in the second when right winger Kyle Palmieri scored on a pass from behind the net by center Andrew Cogliano to cut the deficit to 5-1. Perry added a goal early in the third period.
Left winger Tanner Pearson scored the Kings' final goal on an assist from Carter with 6:06 remaining the game.
The loss ended the career of 43-year-old Ducks right winger Teemu Selanne, who is retiring. Selanne was given a rousing ovation at the end, with the Kings staying on the ice to show their respect for the "Finnish Flash."
NOTES: The Kings outshot Anaheim 16-6 in the opening period. ... Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau was 1-4 in Game 7 contests entering Friday's game, while the Ducks were 2-3. They lost a 3-2 decision to the Detroit Red Wings in the opening round last year. ... The Kings were 5-4 all-time in Game 7s, capturing their last one in the opening round against the San Jose Sharks. Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter was 5-3 in previous Game 7s. ... Ducks RW Corey Perry, who turned 29 on Friday, surpassed Rob Niedermayer for fourth in career playoff appearances with 74. ... Kings C Anze Kopitar has points in 13 of the last 14 postseason contests. ... Los Angeles RW Marian Gaborik had 13 points in the previous 11 games before scoring in the second period. ... Anaheim RW Devante Smith-Pelly had scored a goal in three straight games entering Game 7.