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SoCal playoff hockey: Kings, Ducks about to make history

SoCal playoff hockey: Kings, Ducks about to make history
Los Angeles Kings' Jonathan Quick stops a shot against the San Jose Sharks during the third period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. Los Angeles won 5-1 to take the series. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Southern California is in hockey heaven.

The Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks will meet in the second round of the NHL playoffs this weekend, taking their Freeway Faceoff rivalry into the postseason for the first time.

In their 20th year of head-to-head competition for the hearts of the Southland's hockey fans, the Kings and Ducks are finally meeting in the playoffs. That's the only way to start a true rivalry between these neighbors, according to players from both teams.

Their rinks are 30 miles apart on the I-5 freeway, and both teams are eager for a series with no significant travel. That's normal for many Eastern Conference teams, but unprecedented in the West.

The high-scoring Ducks dominated the defense-first Kings in the regular season, winning four of five.
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