Between the 20-year-old goalie with 39 saves and the 21-year-old forward with two goals, Teemu Selanne wasn't sure which youngster deserved the most credit for propelling the Anaheim Ducks veterans to the brink of the Western Conference finals.

Selanne is only certain the Ducks' youth movement is happening at an ideal time for their Stanley Cup hopes.

John Gibson was outstanding in his second career playoff start, and Devante Smith-Pelly scored two goals 1:23 apart in the second period of the Ducks' 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 on Monday night, putting Anaheim up 3-2 in the second-round series.

Selanne is older than Gibson and Smith-Pelly combined, but the Finnish Flash and former Shark knows the kids are why the Ducks are in position to finish off their Southern California rivals in Game 6 on Wednesday after a raucous meeting at Honda Center.

"They answered the bell again," said Selanne, who had a sublime assist on Smith-Pelly's first goal. "Devo has all the tools. Gibby is rock-solid. They're pretty special players, and they both took care of it for us tonight. You need special contributions from everybody to do what we're trying to do."

Nick Bonino and Jakob Silfverberg also scored for the Ducks, who jumped out to a three-goal lead in the second period and hung on behind their rookie goalie, earning the first home victory by either team in the series.


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Canadiens 4, Bruins 0: Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist in the second period and Carey Price made 26 saves as Montreal blanked Boston to force Game 7 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

The series is tied 3-3 going into Wednesday night's deciding game in Boston.

Pacioretty scored and set up Thomas Vanek's goal in the second period. Lars Eller scored in the first for Montreal, and Vanek added his second of the game into an empty net with 3:56 left. Rookie Nathan Beaulieu, the Canadiens' 2011 first-round draft pick, picked up an assist in his first NHL playoff game.

Blackhawks: Injured forward Andrew Shaw (lower body injury) will miss his fifth straight game against the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference semifinal Tuesday.

Rangers: Goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been fined $5,000 for emptying his water bottle onto Sidney Crosby while the Pittsburgh Penguins captain was involved in a scrum in front of the New York net Sunday. The league punished Lundqvist for unsportsmanlike conduct.