Kings cook Ducks' goose in Game 7

Kings right wing Marian Gaborik (12) celebrates with teammates Drew Doughty (8), Alec Martinez...

Kings right wing Marian Gaborik (12) celebrates with teammates Drew Doughty (8), Alec Martinez (27), Jeff Carter (77) and Anze Kopitar (11) after scoring a goal against the Ducks during second period action in Game 7 of their second round playoff series in Anaheim on Friday, may 16, 2014. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:20 AM ET

ANAHEIM - It didn't live up to the hype. But to the Los Angeles Kings, it didn't matter.

Having split the previous six games, scoring an identical number of goals in the process, the Kings turned a drama into a tragedy Friday, beating the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal.

With the win, the Kings advance to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the conference final, starting Sunday in the Windy City.

Justin Williams, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik and Tanner Pearson scored for the Kings, who have won all six games when facing elimination this post season.

Williams, Gaborik and Richards are also a perfect 6-0 in career Game 7s.

Kyle Palmieri and Corey Perry scored for the Ducks, who had won three straight games, getting two knockout attempts on the Kings.

The 2012 Stanley Cup champions, however, are proving tough to finish off in this year's playoffs.

Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for Los Angeles, while John Gibson stopped 13 shots for the Ducks before getting pulled early in the second period.

The Ducks goaltender looked like a 20-year-old rookie goaltender thrown into a high-pressure situation after spending the entire year in the minors.

Gibson was called up in the middle of his AHL playoff series with Norfolk to tend the Ducks net following an injury to Frederik Andersen

Having been stymied by Gibson in a pair of losses, Los Angeles got to the goaltender in Game 6, before overwhelming him in Game 7.

Williams opened the scoring four-and-a-half minutes into the game, getting to a rebound in front, which Gibson was unable to control.

If there were any assurances going into Game 7 it was that Williams would get on the scoresheet. The Kings winger has played in six deciding games, scoring six goals and adding five assists in them. Williams hadn't scored a goal in the entire series prior to Friday.

He added an assist in the third period.

Just over four minutes later, Carter increased the Kings' lead, displaying impressive breakaway speed to get away from Ducks defenceman Hampus Lindholm.

Carter jumped on a loose puck at centre, blew around the Ducks rookie defenceman, then fended him off with one arm on his way to the net. Once free, Carter beat Gibson with a backhand move that finished in the roof of the net.

Perry had a chance to pull one back for the Ducks six minutes from the end of the period, when awarded a penalty shot.

Perry stepped in front of a Drew Doughty shot at the point and raced the other way. Doughty hooked Perry from behind at the precise moment his stick snapped in half attempting a shot.

Perry, however, could not convert on the penalty shot, having the puck poked away from him by Quick.

Richards added salt into the wound, scoring just over a minute after Perry's missed attempt. The Kings centre jumped on a juicy rebound after Gibson had turned away Dwight King in front.

Early in the second, Kopitar put the Kings up 4-0, chasing Gibson in the process. Kopitar found some room in the slot and snapped a shot that found the short side.

Jonas Hiller, twice passed over in the series for rookies, entered the game in relief and was beaten by Gaborik six minutes from the end of the period.

The goal was Gaborik's sixth of the series, all of which have been scored in Anaheim.

Palmieri pulled one back for the Ducks before the end of the period, as his shot managed to squeeze by Quick's pad and the goal post.

In the third, the Ducks added another as Perry was able to beat Quick off a feed from Ryan Getzlaf.

Apart from being stopped on a penalty shot, Perry had also been turned away by Quick on a breakaway in the second period.

The Ducks generated a number of chance to get a third, which would have made things interesting and probably lead to Miracle on Manchester references.

However, Pearson converted a pass from Carter on a two-on-one rush to remove any doubt in the inevitable outcome.

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