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Thursday, May 8th (All times Eastern)

Anaheim Ducks (0-2) at Los Angeles Kings (2-0), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The red-hot Los Angeles Kings will aim for a seventh straight victory and a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals when they host the Anaheim Ducks in Thursday's Game 3 battle at Staples Center.

The Kings, of course, were down 3-0 in the opening round against San Jose before becoming only the fourth team in NHL history to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first three meetings.

L.A. hasn't slowed down a bit since completing that first-round comeback with a Game 7 win in San Jose, claiming the first two games of this series on the road. The Kings posted a 3-2 overtime win in Anaheim on Saturday before grabbing a 2-0 series lead with Monday's 3-1 triumph at the Honda Center.

The Kings have gone on a few long playoff winning streaks in recent years. The club won eight straight at one point in 2012 en route to winning the franchise's first Stanley Cup title and had a six-game winning streak last spring before falling in the conference finals to Chicago.

"We just take it one game at a time, shift at a time, period at a time. All those things like that," said head coach Darryl Sutter of his team's current winning streak.

Anaheim, meanwhile, hopes it can halt L.A.'s hot streak on Thursday and avoid falling behind 3-0. A seventh straight win by the Kings would give them a chance to close the series with a sweep Saturday at the Staples Center.

The top-seeded Ducks finished 16 points ahead of Los Angeles in the Pacific Division standings and went 4-0-1 against the Kings during the regular-season series, but so far that success hasn't translated to the playoffs.

"We know we can beat this team," said Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy. "We feel we've had pretty even games, and they've come out on top. I truly believe the playoffs are all about momentum. Right now, we need to put a seed of doubt in their mind. If we win (Game 3), it's a 2-1 series and we have momentum. We can do that."

The Kings jumped on Anaheim early in Game 2, with Marian Gaborik scoring just 34 seconds into the contest. Anaheim tied it near the midway point of the first, but Alec Martinez scored the game-winner for L.A. at 12:07 of the first. The score remained 2-1 until Dwight King added an empty-netter in the closing minute of the third period.

"We'll enjoy this one night, but we have a lot of work to be done still," said Martinez.

Jonathan Quick turned away 36 shots to anchor the win for the Kings. The 2012 Conn Smythe winner had stopped 69-of-72 shots sent his way in this series for a save percentage of .958.

Gaborik also is having a strong series for L.A., recording three goals and an assist over the first two games to give him nine points (6 goals, 3 assists) in nine games this postseason. The Slovakian sniper was the hero of Game 1, tying it late in regulation before scoring the winner 12:07 into overtime.

Anze Kopitar has been on fire for the Kings as well, notching at least one point in all nine of the club's postseason games this spring. The star centerman had an assist on Monday and leads all skaters in the playoffs with 14 points (4g, 10a). Kopitar has reached the scoresheet in all nine games this postseason.

Patrick Maroon scored the only goal of Game 2 for the Ducks, who had won all three of their home games in a 4-2 series win over Dallas in the opening round. Jonas Hiller gave up two goals on 16 shots in the loss.

"This series isn't over. We can go to Staples Center, get a few bounces and bring this series back tied," said Anaheim head coach Bruce Boudreau.

The Ducks were 3-0 on the road against the Kings during the regular season, but one of those wins came outdoors at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25. Thursday's battle will mark the first postseason game between the clubs at the Staples Center, as this series marks the first playoff encounter between L.A. and Anaheim.

The Kings played Monday without defensemen Willie Mitchell and Robyn Regehr in the lineup and both players could be out again with undisclosed injuries. Mitchell last played in Game 6 against San Jose, while Regehr has been out since leaving in the first period of Game 1 against Anaheim.

Matt Greene has filled in for Mitchell in the lineup, while Jeff Schultz replaced Regehr on Monday.

05/08 10:51:16 ET

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CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
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NCSU 68
SFLA 65
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MIA 94
CHA 93
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CHA 93
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MEM 107
LAC 91
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POR 94
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GSW 91
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DEN 101
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UMASS 75
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WOFF 64
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YOUNG 76
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CMICH 75
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SILL 67
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MORE 46
AMER 51
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CORN 59
DREX 61
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CCST 60
COOK 65
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CSNO 88
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CLMB 54
 
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MERMAR 54
 
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TEXAM 64
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TAMCC 62
 
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SD 72
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LONG 48
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PROV 75
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COPST 54
 
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UAB 58
JST 50
 
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NWM 57
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NWST 68
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KSU 59
YALE 66
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CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
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NCSU 68
SFLA 65
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UCR 102
STKAT 49
 
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PSU 63
USC 61
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HC 101
NICHOLSCOL 70
 
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BC 53
DAY 65
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MON 75
TOWS 79
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WAGN 71
 
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EILL 49
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UGA 74
FATL 61
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NCAT 50
 
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PBY 48
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Terriers 73
 
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UMKC 55
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BING 68
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SHU 85
GWEBB 67
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IONA 78
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KENT 86
MNTST 28
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FORD 57
MLOWELL 64
 
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UCF 76
USCU 69
 
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SCAR 63
AKR 68
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WVU 78
UCONN 68
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CALST 70
DEL 52
 
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HOW 78
HOOD 51
 
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SHU 48
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VANDY 78
TENST 46
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NE 65
MAN 51
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COLST 75
MERC 62
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MISS 80
NARZ 74
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WASH 76
PAC 69
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LMU 82
SDCHR 60
 
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MIAMI 77
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UCI 69
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ILLST 64
ODU 45
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UCLA 77
LBSU 63
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WIN 2
STL 4
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ARI 1
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CHI 1
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HOU 13
CIN 22
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ATL 24
CLE 26
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NEP 34
DET 9
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MIN 21
GBP 24
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IND 23
JAC 3
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CHI 21
TAM 13
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PHI 43
TEN 24
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SEA 19
ARI 3
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SDC 27
STL 24
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DEN 39
MIA 36
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WAS 13
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NYG 28
DAL 31
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