Game 5 - A Look Back
Devante Smith-Pelly (2-0—2) recorded his second multi-goal game of the playoffs and John Gibson made 39 saves to help the Ducks hold off the Kings and take a 3-2 series lead.
* The Ducks picked up their third consecutive victory, their longest postseason winning streak since 2007, when they won five straight (May 17-30) en route to capturing the Stanley Cup.
* With the game knotted at 1-1, Smith-Pelly scored twice in a 1:23 span of the second period to help the Ducks take the lead for good. He now paces the team with five goals in the playoffs (10 GP) after finding the back of the net just twice during the regular season (19 GP).
* Gibson improved to 5-0 with a 1.40 goals-against average, .955 save percentage and two shutouts in his NHL career (regular season and playoffs).
* Gibson also became the second rookie goaltender to win multiple games for the Ducks this postseason, following Frederik Andersen, who earned three victories in the First Round versus the Stars. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no other team in NHL history has had more than one rookie goaltender record at least two victories in a single playoff year.
* Ryan Getzlaf collected an assist to extend his assist/point streak to five games (1-6—7). He has posted at least one point in eight of his 10 postseason appearances, tying for second in the NHL in assists (10) and points (14).
* Jakob Silfverberg scored what proved to be the game-winning goal, the first of his career.
Friday, May 16:
* The starting time for a potential Game 7 between the Ducks and Kings has been set for 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT in Anaheim. In the U.S., the game would be seen on NBCSN. In Canada, the game would be televised on TSN and RDS.
Home teams improved to 44-26 (.629) in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 26-10 mark (.722) by Western Conference clubs . . . Kings forward Marian Gaborik (2-0—2) posted his third multi-goal game of the postseason and now leads all players with eight goals (in 12 GP), one shy of his playoff career high set in 2003 (nine goals in 18 GP). Since being acquired by the Kings at the Trade Deadline, Gaborik has 13-15—28 in 31 games (regular season and playoffs) . . . Kings forward Anze Kopitar collected an assist and now has found the scoresheet in 11 of the team’s 12 postseason games, leading the NHL with 12 helpers and 16 points