Chicago Blackhawks: Staples Center

Blackhawks aware of Kings' home success

June, 3, 2013
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ESPNChicago.com
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LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Blackhawks already have silenced Los Angeles Kings fans once at Staples Center this season.

Minutes after the Kings raised their 2012 Stanley Cup championship banner before the season opener, the Blackhawks jumped on the defending champs and scored three first-period goals, shocking what had been a roaring standing-room crowd for the Kings’ pregame celebration.

The Blackhawks now will look to repeat that again as their Western Conference finals series with the Kings moves to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Tuesday. The Blackhawks lead the series 2-0 after consecutive wins in Chicago, but the Kings have owned their home ice throughout the playoffs, posting a 7-0 mark at Staples Center through the first two rounds.

“A long time since we played here,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said at the team’s hotel in Los Angeles on Monday. “A special day when we began the season here for them. They played well here all season long. I think the starts are going to be important to the game. Let's be sure we take care of what we have to take care of. We expect a hard game. Physically, they come after you. We want to make sure we're smart in that area and be proactive as well.”

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