Chicago Blackhawks: Los Angeles Kings

Rapid Reaction: Kings 5, Blackhawks 4 (OT)

June, 1, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Los Angeles Kings’ 5-4 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals at the United Center on Sunday:

How it happened: Game 7 didn’t disappoint. After six wildly entertaining games, the Blackhawks and Kings put together another memorable one in Game 7. The series was put to bed when Alec Martinez scored the game-winning goal at 5:47 of overtime. The beginning and middle of the game were nearly as dramatic. The Blackhawks got their home crowd roaring with goals by Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews in the game’s first 8:36. It would take more than that to put the Kings away. They responded with goals by Jeff Carter and Justin Williams to tie it. Twelve seconds after Williams’ goal, Patrick Sharp put Chicago back ahead. The teams combined for five first-period goals. The Kings answered again with a Tyler Toffoli goal to tie it at 10:31 of the second period. The Blackhawks regained the lead when Sharp blasted in a power-play goal at 18:25 of the second period. The Kings fought back one more time. Marian Gaborik tied the game at 4-4 at 12:43 of the third period. The Blackhawks were 2-of-5 on the power play, the Kings were 0-for-2. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had 27 saves on 32 shots. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 37 of 41.

What it means: The Kings clinched the series and advanced to the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in three seasons. L.A. became the first team in Stanley Cup playoffs history to take three consecutive series by winning a Game 7 on the road. The Blackhawks failed in their attempt to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. The Detroit Red Wings are the last team to accomplish the feat (1996 and 1997). The Kings improved to 7-0 in elimination games in the playoffs this season. The Blackhawks-Kings series was not short of goals. The teams combined for 51 goals over the seven games. Chicago forward Patrick Kane’s two assists in the loss gave him nine points over the past three games. Williams’ goal gave him seven goals in seven career Game 7s.

Player of the game: Gaborik continued to be a difference-maker for the Kings. He scored his third goal of the series and 12th of the playoffs.

Stat of the game: The Kings trailed three different times in the game.

What’s next: The Kings move on to play the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup finals. Game 1 will be in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The Blackhawks’ season is over.

Experienced Hawks excited for big Game 7

June, 1, 2014
6/01/14
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Jonathan ToewsRichard Mackson/USA TODAY SportsThe Blackhawks will draw on their big-game experience in Sunday's Game 7.


CHICAGO -- Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad said he managed to get some sleep Saturday night, on the eve of the team's biggest game of the season, but he’s not sure that trend will continue Sunday.

“It’ll be tough to nap this afternoon,” he said after the morning skate at the United Center. “But I’ll try to relax and take it like any other game.”

Sure. Any other elimination game for the right to appear in the Stanley Cup final.

The Blackhawks take on the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals at 7 p.m. at the United Center. There is no Game 8, so it's a pretty big deal.

It’s the third Game 7 for the Kings in this postseason and it’s the third elimination game for the Blackhawks in this series. The Kings have experience coming back from the precipice, but Chicago is confident in its home building. The Blackhawks haven't lost a Game 5, 6 or 7 in the last two postseasons.

“Being down 3-1 and the comeback that we’ve had to bring it back home for a Game 7, definitely exciting,” forward Bryan Bickell said. “One win away from being in the finals and we’re going to leave everything out there.”

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W2W4: Blackhawks vs. Kings (Game 7)

June, 1, 2014
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings face off Sunday in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals at the United Center, with the series tied 3-3. Here's what to watch for:

  • The Kings held a 3-1 series advantage, but the Blackhawks won Game 5 in double overtime in Chicago and won Game 6 in Los Angeles. The Blackhawks overcame third-period deficits in both games and became the fourth team in Stanley Cup playoffs history to win consecutive elimination games when trailing in the third period, according to Elias Sports.

  • Only one other team has overcome a 3-1 deficit in the conference finals. The New Jersey Devils did it against the Philadelphia Flyers in 2000. The Blackhawks could also become the first team to overcome a 3-1 series deficit in consecutive seasons. The Blackhawks did so against the Detroit Red Wings in the conference semifinals last season.

  • Both teams enter Game 7 with history on their side. The Blackhawks are 13-0 in Games 5-7 the last two seasons. The Kings are 6-0 in elimination games this season and advanced in the previous two rounds by winning Game 7 on the road.

  • The Kings are the third team in NHL history to play all 21 possible games through three rounds since all rounds went to best-of-seven in 1987.

  • Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was held in check for the first four games, but he’s come alive in the last two. He had four assists in Game 5 and two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in Game 6. He has seven points in the last two games and eight points in the series. He had a hat trick when the Blackhawks clinched the Western Conference finals in Game 5 last season against the Kings.

  • The Blackhawks have been better on the special teams in the past two games. After scoring just one power-play goal and allowing five in Games 2-5, the Blackhawks outscored the Kings 2-1 on special teams in the past two games. The Blackhawks are 7-2 in the playoffs this season and 14-2 in the last two seasons when they score a power-play goal.

  • Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has been impressive throughout the series. He’s had three multi-point games and has seven points in the series. He nearly led the Kings to a victory in Game 6 with a goal and a primary assist in the third period. He has 16 points in the playoffs, which matches his own Kings record for a defenseman.

  • Both goaltenders have been up and down throughout the series. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has allowed 21 goals and has stopped 160 of 181 shots for a .884 save percentage in the series. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has allowed 19 goals and has stopped 147 of 166 shots for a .886 save percentage.
  • By the numbers: Hawks-Kings (Game 6)

    May, 31, 2014
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    LOS ANGELES -- Here’s a look by the numbers at the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals:

    • The Blackhawks had three shots on goal in the third period and scored on two of them. The Blackhawks have an 11.5 shooting percentage in the series.

    • Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane had two goals, including the game-winner, and one assist. He has seven points over the last two games and eight points for the series. He has a team-high 18 points for the playoffs. He has four game-winning goals in the playoffs this season and seven career playoff game-winning goals.

    • The Blackhawks won 31 of 60 faceoffs. It was the first time in the series the Blackhawks won more faceoffs than the Kings. Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews won 14 of 28 faceoffs.

    • The Blackhawks improved to 13-0 in Games 5-7 in the playoffs the last two seasons. They are also 11-1 overall and 8-0 on the road in Game 6s since 2009.

    • The Kings had 13 players with a Corsi (shot differential) percentage better than 50 percent, according to extraskater.com. Defenseman Alec Martinez led them at 69.0 percent (the Kings had 20 shots for and nine against with him on the ice in 5-on-5 situations). Forward Trevor Lewis had a team-low 38.5 percentage (five shots for, eight against).

    • The Blackhawks had four players with a Corsi percentage better than 50 percent. Defenseman Brent Seabrook led the team at 60.7 percent (17 shots for and 11 against) and was followed by Patrick Sharp (56.0), Kane (53.8) and Andrew Shaw (52.9). Brandon Bollig had a game-low 10 percentage (one shot for, nine against).

    • Kings defenseman Drew Doughty played a game-high 26:10. Duncan Keith led the Blackhawks with 24:56 of ice time. The Blackhawks’ Sheldon Brookbank played a game-low 5:09.

    • The Blackhawks scored a power-play goal. They are 7-2 in the playoffs this season and 14-2 in the last two seasons when they have scored a power-play goal. The Blackhawks are 4-for-19 on the power play in the series.

    • The Kings scored a power-play goal and were 1-for-2 in the game. They are 6-of-17 for the series.

    • Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 21 of 25 shots. He has had a .858 save percentage (218-of-254) in the Kings’ nine playoff losses and a .946 save percentage (314-of-332) in their 11 wins.

    • The Kings had a 58.5 Corsi close percentage, which is shot differential with the game tied or within a goal in 5-on-5 situations. It is used to eliminate score effects. The Kings had 48 shots for and 34 against in those situations.

    • Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson had two blocked shots. He leads the league with 52 blocked shots in the playoffs. The Blackhawks had 19 blocked shots in the game.

    • Doughty had a goal and an assist. It was his third multi-point game of the series. He has three goals and four assists in six games against the Blackhawks.

    W2W4: Blackhawks vs. Kings (Game 6)

    May, 30, 2014
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    LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings face off Friday in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals at Staples Center, with the Kings leading the series 3-2. Here's what to watch for:

    • After pulling out a 5-4 double-overtime win in Game 5, the Blackhawks have to win again to keep their season alive. They haven't won in Los Angeles in the series.

    *• The Kings haven’t lost in a Game 6 or 7 this season. They defeated the San Jose Sharks in Games 6 and 7 in the opening round and defeated the Anaheim Ducks in Games 6 and 7 in the second round.

    • The Blackhawks have been unbeatable in Games 5-7 in playoff series over the last two seasons. They’re 12-0 in those situations, including 5-0 this season.

    • The Blackhawks will be looking for goaltender Corey Crawford to pick up where he left off in Game 5. After allowing four goals on 20 shots, Crawford held the Kings goal-less on their last 24 shots.

    • Special teams has been a factor in every game. The Blackhawks held the advantage in that area in Game 5. They scored a power-play goal and shut out the Kings on three power plays. For the series, the Blackhawks are 3-of-17 on the power play and the Kings are 5-of-15.

    • The Blackhawks’ second line of Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane was dominant in Game 5. Saad had one goal and two assists, Shaw had two assists, and Kane has four assists. The Kings’ line of Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson has given the Blackhawks fits throughout the series.

    • Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville wouldn’t reveal any lineup changes, but forward Kris Versteeg could sit out again. Versteeg didn’t play the final 50-plus minutes of Game 5 after being on the ice for a goal in the second period.

    • Kings forward Marian Gaborik has scored in the last two games after being shut out in the first three games. He leads the NHL with 11 playoff goals this postseason. Teammate Anze Kopitar leads the league with 23 playoff points and has four points in this series.

    • Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick's numbers have varied dramatically in wins and losses in the playoffs. He has made 314 saves on 332 shots for a .946 save percentage in 11 playoff wins. He has made 197 saves on 229 shots for .860 save percentage in eight losses.

    Rapid Reaction: Hawks 5, Kings 4 (F/2OT)

    May, 28, 2014
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    CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 5-4 double-overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals at the United Center on Wednesday:

    How it happened: Michal Handzus scored the winner off a pass from Brandon Saad at 2:04 in the second overtime. The Blackhawks forced the first overtime when Ben Smith scored the lone goal in the third period at 1:13. The Kings had built a 4-3 lead after finding themselves two goals behind in the first period. After the Blackhawks went up 3-1 in the first period, the Kings responded with three consecutive goals, one in the first period and two in the second period. Marian Gaborik, Dustin Brown and Tanner Pearson scored the three goals for the Kings. The Blackhawks got the start they wanted, scoring twice in the first four minutes. Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook scored a power-play goal at 1:13, and Johnny Oduya knocked in a rebound from a Patrick Kane shot at 3:40. Jarret Stoll gave the Kings their first goal at 9:40, but less than two minutes later the Blackhawks responded as Saad put them back ahead 3-1. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 41 saves on 45 shots. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 40 of 45 shots.

    What it means: The Blackhawks held off elimination and cut the Kings’ series lead to 3-2. The Blackhawks were given a scare as the Kings erased their two-goal lead and pulled ahead of them after two periods, but the Blackhawks, especially Crawford, stepped up when they needed to in the game. Crawford didn’t allow a goal after the Kings scored at 13:08 of the second period. The Blackhawks also bounced back after struggling on special teams in the past few games. They scored a power-play goal for the first time in three games and shut out the Kings’ power play for the first time since Game 1. The Blackhawks’ second line of Saad-Andrew Shaw-Kane was a force most of the game.

    Player of the game: Saad was all over the ice for the Blackhawks. He had one goal, two assists, seven shots on net, three hits, three takeaways, two blocked shots, was a plus-4 and won 4 of 8 faceoffs.

    Stat of the game: Crawford stopped 19 shots over the last three periods.

    What’s next: The series returns to Los Angeles for Game 6 at 8 p.m. CT on Friday. The Kings defeated the Blackhawks in Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles and are 5-3 at home in the playoffs this season.

    W2W4: Blackhawks vs. Kings (Game 5)

    May, 28, 2014
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    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings face off Wednesday in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals at United Center, with the Kings leading the series 3-1. Here's what to watch for:

    • The Kings have won the past three games and outscored the Blackhawks 15-7 during that span. Only 24 teams have come back from a 3-1 series deficit since the NHL expanded all rounds to a best-of-seven format in the 1986-87 season. The Kings did it against the San Jose Sharks in the first round this postseason, and the Blackhawks accomplished it against the Detroit Red Wings in the second round last season.

    • The Blackhawks are 7-1 at home this postseason. Their only loss at United Center was to the Kings in Game 2.

    • Special teams have been the difference in the past three games. The Kings scored five power-play goals (plus one where they scored 2 seconds after a Blackhawks' penalty expired) in their three wins. The Blackhawks have scored once on the power play in that same time frame and were 0-for-7 on the power play in the past two games.

    • The Kings are getting contributions throughout the lineup. Forward Jeff Carter has a series-high nine points (four goals, five assists). Anze Kopitar has three points in the series and a league-best 22 points in these playoffs overall. Marian Gaborik scored his first goal of the series in Game 4 and has 10 goals for the playoffs. Tyler Toffoli has three goals in the series. Defenseman Drew Doughty has five points.

    • The Blackhawks are looking for more from everyone other than Jonathan Toews, who has three goals in the series. Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa have combined for one goal against the Kings.

    • Kings forward Jarret Stoll has been a force on faceoffs throughout the series. He has won 56-of-87 faceoffs for a 64.4 winning percentage in the four games.

    • Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has made 314 saves on 332 shots for a .946 save percentage in 11 playoff wins. He has an .849 save percentage (157-of-185 shots) in seven losses.

    • Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has an .869 save percentage (185-of-213) in seven playoff losses. He has made 260 saves on 272 shots for a .956 save percentage in their nine wins.

    By the numbers: Hawks-Kings (Game 4)

    May, 27, 2014
    5/27/14
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    LOS ANGELES -- Here's a look by the numbers at the Los Angeles Kings' 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals:

    • Kings forward Jarret Stoll won 16-of-24 faceoffs and 56-of-87 for a 64.4 winning percentage in the series.

    • The Kings scored two power-play goals and have five over the past three games. The Blackhawks had allowed a total of four power-play goals in their previous 13 playoff games this season. The Kings are 16-of-60 for a 26.7 power-play percentage in the playoffs. The Blackhawks dropped to an 84.5 penalty-killing percentage (49-of-58) in the playoffs.

    • The Kings scored three goals on their first six shots. The Kings have scored 14 goals on 84 shots for a 16.7 shooting percentage in the last three games.

    • Kings forward Tanner Pearson was a plus-1. He is a plus-6 for the series and an NHL-best plus-10 for the playoffs.

    • Kings forward Jeff Carter had an assist. He has a series-high nine points on four goals and five assists.

    • The Blackhawks had 24 shots on goal and are averaging 26.2 in the playoffs. They averaged 33.1 shots on goal in the regular season.

    • Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford allowed four goals on 20 shots. He's allowed 13 goals in the past three games. He has an .869 save percentage (185-of-213) in the Blackhawks' seven playoff losses. He's made 260 saves on 272 shots for a .956 save percentage in their nine wins.

    • Kings defenseman Drew Doughty played a game-high 23:55. King forward Kyle Clifford played a team-low 8:39. Duncan Keith led the Blackhawks with 22:20 of ice time. Blackhawks forward Michal Handzus played a game-low 4:28, which included 2:52 of even-strength ice time.

    • Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane recorded his first point in the series with an assist. He had 10 points in the first two series.

    • The Kings are on a three-game winning streak. They have had four winning streaks of four or more games this season. Their last one came during the first round against the San Jose Sharks.

    • Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked five shots and has an NHL-best 49 in the playoffs.

    • The Kings had four players with a Corsi percentage of better than 50 percentage, according to extraskater.com. Matt Greene led the Kings with a 57.9 percentage (the Kings had 11 shots for and eight against with him on the ice in 5-on-5 situations). Trevor Lewis had a team-low 14.3 percentage (two shots for, 12 against).

    • Blackhawks had 17-of-18 players finish with a Corsi percentage of better than 50 percent. Ben Smith had a team-high 75 percentage (15 shots for and five against). Peter Regin had a team-low 45 percentage (nine shots for, 11 against).

    • Kings forward Marian Gaborik scored his 10th goal of the playoffs, tops in the NHL. It's also a new playoff high for him. His previous high was nine playoff goals in 2003.

    • The Kings didn't allow a power-play goal and were leading after two periods. They improved to 8-0 when not allowing a power-play goal and 8-0 when leading after two periods.

    • Kings forward Anze Kopitar had two assists. He leads the NHL with 22 points in the playoffs and has registered points in 15 of 18 playoff games this season.

    • Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 22-of-24 shots. He has made 314 saves on 332 shots for a .946 save percentage in his team's 11 playoff wins this season. He's had a .849 save percentage (157-of-185 shots) in its seven losses.

    • The Blackhawks are on a three-game losing streak. They had just one losing streak longer than three games during the regular season. They lost four consecutive games in late January.

    W2W4: Blackhawks vs. Kings (Game 4)

    May, 26, 2014
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    LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings face off in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals at the Staples Center on Monday. The Kings lead the series 2-1. Here's what to watch for:

  • The Kings hold home-ice advantage over the Blackhawks. The Kings improved to 4-3 at home in the playoffs with a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks in Game 3 on Saturday. The Kings have won the last two games in the series.

  • Special teams was a factor in the Kings’ last two victories. After the Blackhawks had allowed four power-play goals in their first 13 playoff games, the Kings scored two power-play goals in Game 2 and scored another in Game 3. They also scored a goal two seconds after a Blackhawks’ penalty expired in Game 3. The Kings also shut out the Blackhawks on four power plays in Game 3.

  • Kings coach Darryl Sutter wasn’t as concerned in Game 3 as Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was in the first two games about matching up lines. The Kings have utilized their depth for goals throughout the series.

  • The Blackhawks have faced a 2-1 series deficit in four of their last seven series. They came back to win the last three. The Blackhawks have also won at least one road game in their last 12 series.

  • Kings forward Jeff Carter has been on a tear. He has eight points, including four goals, in the three games. He has five goals and five assists in the last five games.

  • The Blackhawks’ top line of Bryan Bickell, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa has been clicking, but the other three lines have been inconsistent. Patrick Kane said between games he was disappointed in his play and would be looking to demand the puck more in Game 4. He scored four goals in Games 3 and 4 against the Kings in the Western Conference finals last season.

  • Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has stopped 292 of 308 shots for .948 save percentage in his team’s 10 playoff wins this season. He's had a .849 save percentage (157 of 185 shots) in their seven losses.

  • Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has allowed nine goals in the last two games. He’s given up 24 goals on 193 shots for a .876 save percentage in the Blackhawks’ six playoff losses. He’s made 260 saves on 272 shots for a .956 save percentage in their nine wins.
  • By the numbers: Hawks-Kings (Game 3)

    May, 25, 2014
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    LOS ANGELES -- Here’s a look by the numbers at the Los Angeles Kings’ 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals:

    * Kings forward Jeff Carter had a goal and two assists. He has eight points in the series.

    * Jonathan Toews scored two goals. He has three of the Blackhawks’ eight goals in the series.

    * The Kings scored a power-play goal to give them a total of three power-play goals over the last two games. The Blackhawks allowed a total of four power-play goals over their first 13 playoff games.

    * The Kings outshot the Blackhawks 18-7 on net in the third period. The Blackhawks outshot the Kings 10-4 on net in the second period. They tied 10-10 in the first period.

    * The Kings had five players with a Corsi (shot differential) percentage better than 50 percent, according to extraskater.com. Kyle Clifford (63.6 percent), Willie Mitchell (61.5), Slava Voynov (54.5), Tanner Pearson (54.5) and Jarret Stoll (53.8) led the Kings. Alec Martinez had a team-low 36.4 percentage.

    * The Blackhawks had nine players with a Corsi percentage better than 50 percent. Marian Hossa (76.0), Bryan Bickell (72.7), Toews (62.1) and Brandon Saad (61.1) led the team. Michal Handzus had a team-low 29.4 percentage.

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    W2W4: Blackhawks vs. Kings (Game 3)

    May, 24, 2014
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    LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings face off in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals at the Staples Center on Saturday. The series is tied 1-1. Here's what to watch for:

    * The Kings stole home-ice advantage away from the Blackhawks by rallying from a 2-0 deficit and scoring six unanswered goals in Game 2 in Chicago on Wednesday. The Kings are 3-3 in their own building in the playoffs this season.

    * Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw is expected to play after missing the last seven games with a lower-body injury. He’ll likely replace Peter Regin as the third-line center.

    * Kings forward Jeff Carter is coming off a hat trick and four points in Game 2. He has two career playoff hat tricks.

    * The Blackhawks allowed a total of two power-play goals in each of their first two series. The Kings scored two power-play goals in Game 2. The Kings made the Blackhawks pay for consecutive penalties in the first six minutes of the third period Wednesday.

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    By the numbers: Hawks-Kings (Game 2)

    May, 22, 2014
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    CHICAGO -- Here's a look by the numbers at the Los Angeles Kings' 6-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals:

    • The Blackhawks suffered their first home loss in eight playoff games this season. The Kings also had never previously defeated the Blackhawks at home in the playoffs and improved 1-7 in Chicago in the playoffs.

    • Kings forward Jeff Carter recorded his second career playoff hat trick. His last one came against the Phoenix Coyotes on May 15, 2012. He has the Kings' last two playoff hat tricks. Before him, Wayne Gretzky had the Kings' last playoff hat trick in 1993, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

    • Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has stopped 268-of-281 shots for a .954 save percentage in nine playoff wins this season. He's had a .849 save percentage (157-of-185 shots) in their seven losses.

    • The Kings' five third-period goals matched the most goals the Blackhawks have given up in a single period this season. The Blackhawks also allowed five goals in the third period against the Nashville Predators in the regular-season finale.

    • The Kings won 43-of-70 faceoffs. Anze Kopitar and Jarret Stoll combined to win 29-of-43 faceoffs. Marcus Kruger was the only Blackhawks player to win more than 50 percent of his faceoffs. He won 5-of-8.

    • The Blackhawks had nine players with a Corsi better than 50 percent, according to extraskater.com. Brandon Saad led the Blackhawks with a 76.5 Corsi percentage (the Blackhawks had 13 shots for and four against with him on the ice in 5-on-5 situations). The Blackhawks' third line (Patrick Sharp-Peter Regin-Kris Versteeg) had the team's worst possession numbers. Versteeg had a team-low 16.7 Corsi percentage (three shots for, 15 against).

    • The Kings had nine players with a Corsi better than 50 percent. Alec Martinez had a 72 Corsi percentage (18 shots for, seven against). Kyle Clifford had a team-low 25.0 Corsi percentage (three shots for, nine against).

    • Blackhawks forwards Ben Smith and Brandon Bollig didn't have an offensive zone start. Kings forward Dwight King didn't have a defensive zone start.

    • The Kings blocked 17 shots. Defenseman Jake Muzzin had a game-high four blocked shots.

    • The Blackhawks gave the Kings four power plays. The Blackhawks have given opponents four or more power plays in seven of 14 playoff games this season. The Blackhawks' penalty kill allowed its second and third power-play goals at home in the playoffs this season. The Blackhawks have killed 46-of-52 penalties (88.5 percent) in the playoffs. The Kings have scored 13 power-play goals on 54 chances (24.1 percent) in the playoffs.

    • Blackhawks forwards Sharp and Marian Hossa combined for seven shots on goal. They have combined for 98 shots on goal in the playoffs. Sharp has two goals on 44 shots for a 4.5 shooting percentage, and Hossa has two goals on 54 shots for a 3.7 shooting percentage. The two players finished first and second in goals (Sharp with 34, Hossa with 30) for the Blackhawks during the regular season.

    • Kings defenseman Drew Doughty played a game-high 27:29. He's averaging 27:21 of ice time in the playoffs. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith played a team-high 25:36 and is averaging 27:26 for the playoffs.

    W2W4: Blackhawks vs. Kings (Game 2)

    May, 21, 2014
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    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings face off in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals at the United Center on Wednesday. The Blackhawks lead the series 1-0. Here's what to watch for:

    • Home ice has been good to the Blackhawks. They're 7-0 in the playoffs at the United Center this season and 18-2 over the past two seasons.

    • Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw will not play and will miss his seventh consecutive game due to a lower-body injury. He's expected back for Game 3.

    • The Kings weren't displeased with their entire effort in Game 1, but a few additional days of rest likely will do them well. They played Game 7 of their second-round series against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, flew to Chicago on Saturday and played Game 1 on Sunday. There will also be two days between Game 2 and 3.

    • Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has been playing at another level again in the playoffs. He stopped 25-of-26 shots in Game 1. He had 260 saves on 272 shots for a .956 save percentage in the Blackhawks' nine playoff wins this season.

    • The Kings' Game 1 loss didn't fall on their goaltender Jonathan Quick, but he has played better in the playoffs. He allowed three goals on 20 shots in Game 1. He's allowed 28 total goals in the Kings' seven playoff losses and 11 total goals in their eight wins.

    • Each team's top line likely will square off against each other again. The Kings will go with Marian Gaborik-Anze Kopitar-Dustin Brown and the Blackhawks will counter with Bryan Bickell-Jonathan Toews-Marian Hossa. Kopitar was held without a point for just the second time in 15 playoff games in Game 1. Hossa helped set up a Toews' goal in the third period on Sunday.

    • Special teams was a factor in Game 1. The Blackhawks scored a power-play goal, and the Kings were shut out on two power-play chances. The Blackhawks lead the league with a 91.7 penalty-kill percentage in the playoffs.

    • The only tweak Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville made in his lineup during Game 1 was switching Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad on lines. It appears Quenneville will go with that again in Game 2. Saad will be on the second line, and Sharp will be on the third line.

    By the numbers: Hawks-Kings, Game 1

    May, 19, 2014
    5/19/14
    10:21
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    CHICAGO -- Here's a look by the numbers at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals:

    • Kings forward Anze Kopitar was held without a point for the second time in 15 playoff games this season. Blackhawks forwards Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa and defensemen Niklas Hjlamarsson and Johnny Oduya were all on the ice with Kopitar for 10-plus minutes, according to extraskater.com.

    • Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 25-of-26 shots. He has 260 saves on 272 shots for a .956 save percentage in the Blackhawks' nine playoff wins this season.

    • Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick allowed three goals on 20 shots. He's allowed 28 total goals in the Kings' seven playoff losses and 11 total goals in their eight wins.

    • Kings defenseman Drew Doughty played a game-high 26:20. He's averaging 27:20 in the playoffs.

    • Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook had a team-high 23:33 of ice time. It was the second time in the playoffs Duncan Keith didn't lead the Blackhawks in ice time.

    • Hjalmarsson had four blocked shots and leads the NHL with 42 in the playoffs. He's averaging 3.2 blocks a game.

    • The Blackhawks won their seventh consecutive home playoff game this season. They have an eight-game home winning streak dating back to last season and have a 18-2 record at home in the playoffs in the past two seasons.

    • The Blackhawks killed off both of the Kings' power plays. The Blackhawks have killed off 44-of-48 power plays for a league-best 91.7 percentage in the playoffs.

    • The Blackhawks scored on 1-of-2 power plays. They have scored a power-play goal and had a perfect penalty kill in five playoff games this season.

    • The Blackhawks had three players with a Corsi better than 50 percent, according to extraskater.com. Bryan Bickell led the Blackhawks with a 60 Corsi percentage (the Blackhawks had 15 shots for and 10 against with him on the ice in 5-on-5 situations). Toews (54.8 Corsi) and Johnny Oduya (54.8) were the two other players. Keith (30.8), Michal Handzus (31.6) and Patrick Sharp (31.8) had the lowest percentages.

    • The Kings had 14 players with a Corsi better than 50 percent. Jeff Schultz led all players with a 81.5 Corsi percentage (22 shots for, five against). Jake Muzzin had a team-low 41.9 Corsi percentage.

    • Kings forward Jeff Carter had a game-high six shots on net. Toews and Hossa each had a team-high three shots on net.

    • The Kings outshot the Blackhawks 17-6 on net in the second period. The Blackhawks outshot the Kings 14-9 in the two other periods. The Blackhawks were outshot 73-51 in the second period and 90-87 in the first and second periods combined against the Minnesota Wild in the second round.

    • Hossa had two assists. He has 11 points in the last seven games and 13 points in the playoffs.

    • The Blackhawks and Kings split the game's 62 faceoffs equally. Jarret Stoll (10-of-13) and Mike Richards (10-of-19) led the Kings in faceoffs, and Toews (11-of-18) and Michal Handzus (12-of-20) led the Blackhawks.

    • The Blackhawks' fourth line of Brandon Bollig, Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith didn't have an offensive zone start. Kings forward Marian Gaborik and Kopitar each had a game-high nine offensive starts.

    W2W4: Blackhawks vs. Kings (Game 1)

    May, 18, 2014
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    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings face off in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at the United Center on Sunday. Here's what to watch for:

  • The Blackhawks and Kings meet in the Western Conference finals for the second consecutive season. The Blackhawks eliminated the Kings in five games last season. The Kings have been to three consecutive Western Conference finals, and the Blackhawks have been to four in the last six seasons.

  • The Blackhawks are perfect at home in the playoffs, and the Kings have excelled on the road. The Blackhawks are 6-0 at home, and the Kings are 5-3 on the road. Both enter the series with two-game winning streaks.

  • Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw will miss a sixth consecutive game due to a lower-body injury. The Kings could return defenseman Willie Mitchell on Sunday, but they will likely continue to be without defenseman Robyn Regehr due to an injury.

  • Kings forward Anze Kopitar leads the NHL with 19 playoff points, which includes five goals and 14 assists, and Kings forward Marian Gaborik leads the NHL with nine playoff goals. The Blackhawks are led by Brent Seabrook and Marian Hossa with 11 points each and by Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell with six goals apiece. Kane and Bickell combined for seven goals against the Kings in the playoffs last season.

  • Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford leads the NHL with a 1.97 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in the playoffs. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has been streaky in the playoffs with a 2.72 goals-against average and .914 save percentage, but he has stepped up in big games.

  • Both teams have had similar results on the power play in the playoffs. The Kings have a 22.9 power-play percentage, and the Blackhawks are at 18.2 percent. The Blackhawks have had the best penalty kill in the playoffs. They have killed off 42 of 46 power plays for a 91.3 percentage. The Kings have a 83.9 penalty-kill percentage.

  • The Blackhawks’ lines are likely going to be Bickell-Jonathan Toews-Hossa, Patrick Sharp-Michal Handzus-Kane, Brandon Saad-Peter Regin-Kris Versteeg, Brandon Bollig-Marcus Kruger-Ben Smith. Their defensive pairings will likely be Seabrook-Duncan Keith, Niklas Hjalmarsson-Johnny Oduya and Nick Leddy-Michal Rozsival.

  • The Kings’ lines are likely going to be Gaborik-Kopitar-Dustin Brown, Tanner Pearson-Jeff Carter-Tyler Toffoli, Trevor Lewis-Jarret Stoll-Justin Williams and Dwight King-Mike Richards-Kyle Clifford. The defensive pairings will likely be Jake Muzzin-Drew Doughty, Jeff Schultz-Slava Voynov and Alex Martinez-Matt Greene.
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