This is it: Hawks and Kings go to Game 7

It’s all come down to a one-game, winner-takes-all epic showdown at the Madhouse on Sunday night, and the hype couldn’t be higher for the Blackahwks/Kings showdown for Game 7.  The Hawks took a nerve-wracking Game 6 with a score of 4-3, sending the series back to the United Center, where the winner of Game 7 will move on to the Stanley cup final for the second time in the last three years to face the New York Rangers.  This will be the King’s third Game 7 of the playoffs, after taking both the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks to seven games in their previous two playoff series.

 

After dominating the Hawks in Games 3 and 4, the Kings have been unable to finish off Chicago despite holding a 3-1 series lead.  They’ve lost by just one goal in both of the last two games, one an OT winner by Michal Handzus, the other a ridiculous shot by Patrick Kane.  The real killer for the Kings has been the Hawks re-discovered power play, which has scored twice in the last two games after going dry in Games 3 and 4. The Kings have also been unable to solve the newly put-together line of Kane, Andrew Shaw, and Brandon Saad, who have been electrifying for the Hawks, which has been an answer for the King’s previously unstoppable line of Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli, and Tyler Pearson. 

 

Meanwhile, the Hawks scratched Kris Versteeg in Game 6, instead playing seven defensemen as Sheldon Brookbank drew in for the first time in this series.  It’s possible that Versteeg may sit for Game 7 as well, but his status is unclear for now.  What is clear is that the Hawks have regained home-ice advantage in a series that will send them to the Stanley Cup finals to defend their title, and the stakes have never been higher in the playoffs for these two teams.

 

Sunday night. Game 7. It doesn’t get much better than this.

 

Who’s Hot: The Kane-Shaw-Saad line has been absolutely dominant over the last two games, combining for a total of 14 points in the last two games...For the Kings, Drew Doughty has been playing very well, registering a goal in Game 6 for LA.

 

Injury Report: The Hawks currently have no injuries....King’s defenseman Robin Regehr (knee) is still out for LA. Regehr hasn’t played since Game 1 against Anaheim in the second round.

 

Game info: 7:00 p.m. CT;  NBCSN, CBC, RDS

 

Location: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St, Chicago

 

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