After conquering almost every conceivable obstacle in the Stanley Cup playoffs over the last few years, the pressure of an elimination game doesn't bother the Los Angeles Kings.
With goals from two unlikely sources and a vintage game from their star goalie, the Kings made sure the first postseason Freeway Faceoff will go the limit.
Trevor Lewis scored his fourth goal of the postseason, Jonathan Quick made 21 saves, and the Kings forced a seventh game with a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 on Wednesday night.
Jake Muzzin scored an early goal for the Kings, who ended their three-game skid with another sturdy defensive effort at home. Los Angeles improved to 6-1 in postseason elimination games over the last two seasons while beating Ducks goalie John Gibson for the first time in his six-game NHL career.
"Our team is built to play in these kinds of games," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "Our leaders show the way, and everyone follows. We look forward to playing in these games. We're not nervous."
Game 7 will be Friday night in Anaheim. The winner faces the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday in the West finals opener.
Canadiens 3, Bruins 1: Carey Price stopped 29 shots to help Montreal beat host Boston in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Montreal will play the New York Rangers for a spot in the Stanley Cup finals. Game 1 will be Saturday in Montreal.
Dale Weise, Max Pacioretty and Daniel Briere scored for the Canadiens, who advanced to the conference finals for just the second time since winning the most recent of their NHL-record 24 Stanley Cup titles in 1993.
Jarome Iginla scored and Tuukka Rask made 15 saves for Boston.
The Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and returned to the finals last year, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. Boston finished with the best record in the regular season this year, but its road stopped against the Original Six rival in another classic playoff series.
"We just beat the best team in the league," Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. "Down 3-2 and (we) showed a lot of character, a lot of passion. To win a series in Boston, it is a tough place for people to come and play here."