The Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4. (Facebook/LA Kings)
Teemu Selanne is 43-years-old. The two Anaheim Ducks that helped Selanne and company take a 3-2 series lead have a combined age of 41.
Forward Devante Smith-Pelly, 21, scored two goals to help edge the Ducks over the Los Angeles Kings, 4-3.
“This is what you dream about, playing in the playoffs,” Smith-Pelly told ESPN.
Goalie John Gibson, 20, put in quite the performance in his second career playoff start, after shutting out the Kings in his previous start. Gibson had a total of 39 saves on 42 shots and moves to 5-0 in his career.
“They answered the bell again,” Selanne told ESPN. “They’re pretty special players, and they both took care of it for us tonight.”
This was the first time this series that the home team grabbed the win.
Having been out-shot 42 to 24, the Ducks made the most out their opportunities and pegged Kings goalie Jonathan Quick for three goals in the second period.
With Quick having been lights-out the first two games of the series giving up a total of three goals, his play has gone downhill, averaging three goals against per game during the Ducks three-game winning-streak.
“We made too many easy mistakes,” Kings captain Dustin Brown told ESPN. “We had to try and come back the way we did, it’s too hard.”
With the win, the Ducks will look to close out the Kings in LA Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
The Kings, who are heading into their fifth elimination game, will hope to have Quick back to his usual self and will need to rely on Marian Gaborik, who leads the NHL in goals this postseason with eight.