ANAHEIM - Anaheim Ducks rookie goaltender John Gibson proved beginner's luck was not a factor in his first playoff win.
Two days after shutting out the Los Angeles Kings in his post-season debut, Gibson put in another outstanding performance in a 4-3 win, backstopping the Ducks to a 3-2 series lead.
Gibson turned away 39 shots, out-dueling Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick for the second consecutive game.
Quick made 20 saves in the loss, which puts the Kings on the brink of elimination again. Los Angeles lost the first three games of their first-round series against the San Jose Sharks before battling back to win the next four.
Devante-Smith Pelly led the way offensively for the Ducks with a pair of goals, while Nick Bonino and Jakob Silfverberg had the others.
Trevor Lewis and Marian Gaborik, with a pair, scored for the Kings.
The loss was the third straight for the Kings after winning the first two games of the series.
Bonino opened the scoring two minutes into the contest after Kings defenceman Jake Muzzin blew a tire in the corner and handed the puck to Daniel Winnik along the boards.
Winnik found Bonino in front and his shot found its way past Quick.
The Kings tied the game midway through the period as Lewis took a shot that hit Ducks defenceman Bryan Allen and changed direction on Gibson.
The Ducks rookie goaltender had been perfect to that point, having shut out the Kings in his playoff debut Saturday night.
The Ducks took control of the contest with three consecutive goals in the second period.
Smith-Pelly was given credit for their second goal of the game after Mathieu Perreault was set up by the ageless Teemu Selanne at the side of the net. Selanne collected the puck in the corner while on the power play, went around the net and found his linemate, whose shot hit Smith-Pelly’s skate on the way past Quick.
It was Selanne’s third point of the series. The 43-year-old veteran is retiring at the end of the season, a move that seems questionable considering he can play forever.
Smith-Pelly increased the Ducks' lead, finishing off an outstanding feed from Ryan Getzlaf in style.
Getzlaf intercepted an Alec Martinez pass just outside the Los Angeles blue line, then feathered a pass over the stick of the Kings defenceman.
Smith-Pelly took the pass in full stride, then beat Quick with a backhander to the roof of the net.
With Matt Beleskey sustaining an injury in Game 3 of the series, Smith-Pelly was moved up to play with Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Anaheim’s top line.
Silfverberg made it 4-1 Ducks before the nine-minute mark of the period, picking up Andrew Cogliano’s scraps in front. Cogliano took a shot through traffic, which Quick stopped, but he was unable to find the rebound before Silfverberg got to it.
The Kings pulled one back before the end of the period as Gaborik scored from in close. With Smith-Pelly serving a high-sticking double minor after nearly decapitating Kings defenceman Drew Doughty, Gaborik set up shop in front of the Ducks net.
Gaborik had his first tip-in attempt kicked away by Gibson, but the puck came back to him and he was able to snap a shot past the Ducks rookie goaltender. The goal was Gaborik’s fourth of the series – all of them coming in Anaheim.
In the third, the Ducks were able to smother the Kings, not giving up any quality scoring chances until Gaborik scored his second six minutes from the end.
Again parked in front, Gaborik tipped a Dustin Brown shot that found its way past Gibson.
Despite some tense moments following the Kings third goal, Gibson was able to shut the door for his second-career playoff win.
Gibson was called up from the Ducks AHL affiliate in Norfolk after goaltender Frederik Andersen went down with an injury.
Gibson is the third goaltender the Ducks have used in the series with Jonas Hiller getting the call in the first two games.
Game 6 of the series takes place Wednesday (9:30 p.m., EST) in Los Angeles. If necessary, Game 7 will be played Friday in Anaheim.
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