This tidbit is lifted directly from my story Wednesday: The team that scores first in Game 7s has a staggering .741 winning percentage (120-42) in playoff history. The Ducks are 2-0 in Game 7s when scoring first and 0-5 when they don’t.
Here’s the link to my Game 7 advance: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/ducks-713640-perry-game7.html
Kings center Jeff Carter scored twice Thursday in a 3-0 victory over the Calgary Flames at Staples Center. He has four goals in his past three games after going through an eight-game goal drought. He also has seven points in his past four games (four goals, three assists).
The Ducks won Wednesday for the 23rd consecutive time over the Calgary Flames in Anaheim, trying an NHL record for the longest home winning streak by one team over another. The Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in 23 straight games at the Spectrum in Philadelphia from Feb. 17, 1980 to Jan. 29, 1987. The Flames’ last victory at the Honda Center/Arrowhead Pond was Jan. 19, 2004.
Kings center Jeff Carter scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season during a 6-4 victory Saturday over the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center. Carter reached the 20-goal mark for the ninth consecutive season and for the 10th time in 11 seasons.
The Kings clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 victory Saturday over the Boston Bruins at Staples Center. They advanced to the postseason for the sixth time in seven seasons, missing only in 2014-15 during that stretch.
Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen made 38 saves in a 4-0 victory Friday over the Boston Bruins at the Honda Center for his second shutout of the season and the fifth of his career. He is 15-1-1 in his last 18 games and has limited the opposition to two goals or fewer in 28 of 39 games this season. Thanks to the Ducks’ crack media relations staff for the statistical info.
Kings left wing Milan Lucic extended his point streak to a career-high eight games with an assist on Anze Kopitar’s tying goal in the third period of an eventual 4-3 overtime victory Thursday over the Rangers at Staples Center. Lucic has three goals and seven assists during the streak.
Here’s some of what Ducks left wing Jamie McGinn said after a 2-1 loss Wednesday to the New York Rangers at the Honda Center: “I feel bad for Gibby (goaltender John Gibson). I thought we played an outstanding game tonight. It’s unfortunate we didn’t the win for him. You have to appreciate what he does between the pipes. Freddie (Andersen), as well. I thought (Gibson) deserved better.”
Gibson made 21 saves.
The Ducks fell to 1-3-1 in their last five games after a 2-1 loss Wednesday to the Rangers at the Honda Center. The Ducks had won a franchise-record 11 consecutive games before their recent slide.
The Kings went 0 for 5 on the power play during a 2-1 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, including 0 for 2 after Bobby Farnham was given a double-minor for high sticking in the second period. The Kings were 4 for 11 with the man advantage during their past three games (2-1-0).