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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.

'Zus strikes down Kings; Hawks force Game 6

In a matchup that felt more like a Game 7 than a Game 5, the Hawks and Kings put on a show in a 5-4 double OT win for the Blackhawks.  Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick both made 40 saves, and it was Michal Handzus who would put it away for the Hawks 2:04 into the second overtime period.

 

The Hawks jumped out to an early lead, capitalizing on a power play just 1:13 into the first that had Drew Doughty in the box for tripping Jonathan Toews. Brent Seabrook let los...

Blackhawks fight to keep season going

Tonight, the Kings have their first chance to win the series against the Blackhawks, and to earn a spot in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 5 will be played in Chicago, after 4 games that saw the Kings take a 3-1 series lead.

 

The Blackhawks, in the past 3 games, have been mostly outplayed and outshot, despite individual efforts across the board to keep the team in the games. But the Kings have seemed stronger and simply playing better, taking less penalties, more disciplined than the Blackhawks.

 

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Hawks look to tie up series in LA

After a disappointing Game 3, the Hawks will look to even up the series Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings in enemy territory.  The Kings have 2-1 lead of the series, and could go back to Chicago with a commanding 3-1 lead and a chance to close out the Hawks.

 

The Hawks have been in this situation before- in series against both Boston and Detroit last year, the Hawks found themselves behind and on the road.  But this game is imperative for the Hawks ...

Kings power past Hawks 4-3; take 2-1 series lead

There are special teams and then there are not so special teams. Unfortunately for the Chicago Blackhawks the L.A. Kings power play looked like a high powered offensive juggernaut while the Blackhawks power play faltered and that is putting it kindly when they went 0 for 4 on their own man advantage.

This also made the difference in this game. Officially there was only one power play goal for the Kings but a Drew Daughty goal was even strength but with only two seconds after the penalty expired which for all intents and purposes was like a power play goal.

The scoring was started by Jonathan Toews who scored a beauty of a shorthanded goal when he busted up the far boards side ...

Blackhawks to try and take Game 3 in LA

The Blackhawks are headed to Los Angeles to play Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the LA Kings, who beat the Hawks on Chicago ice last Wednesday. The Kings won 6-2, scoring 5 goals in the last frame of the game.

 

The Blackhawks’ defense struggled in the last period of Game 2 against a determined, offensive-minded LA team. After dominating for most of the game and scoring twice, the Blackhawks let the game get away from them. They should be very eager to try and get one or two away from the Kings while playing in Lo...

Blackhawks take first home playoff loss 6-2 vs Kings

If you were betting on the Blackhawks sweeping the Western Conference Finals, that's a bet that was definitely lost tonight, as Chicago had their first loss on home ice in the playoffs so far.

The Blackhawks owned possession for most of the first, but the Kings were dedicating themselves to defense and commanding face offs. It was a steady parade to the box for both teams throughout the first: the Kings took four, and the Blackhawks two. Nick Leddy got Chicago on the board first, a power play goal 14:16 into the game, off a feed from Duncan Keith.

Just after Drew Doughty's late-first-period penalty expired in the second, Ben Smith made it 2-0 for the Blackhawks 1:40 in...

Hawks look to take 2-0 series lead against Kings

The Blackhawks face off against the Kings again Wednesday night on home ice, with the hopes that they can head to LA with a 2-0 lead over their conference final opponents.  The Kings, despite outshooting the Hawks 17-6 in the second period of Game 1, couldn’t truly solve Corey Crawford, and Chicago also believes that there’s another level that they haven’t yet reached in the postseason.

 

The Kings went into Game 1 with less than forty-eight...

High-intensity game goes to Blackhawks in Western Conference Final's Game 1

The Western Conference Finals this year feels very much like déja-vu - a rematch from 2013’s WCF, with the Blackhawks facing the Los Angeles Kings once more. The Kings have dispatched the Anaheim Ducks in 7 games in their second round, while the Blackhawks went through a difficult round against the Minnesota Wild, which they finished in 6 games. And now the match-up to the Stanley Cup Final is the same as last year, where the Blackhawks won in 5.

 

There is no question that both teams have excelled during the regular season, as ...

Hawks gear up to face LA Kings

The Hawks have a return engagement to the Western Conference Final with a very familiar opponent, in fact the same opponent as last year, the Los Angeles Kings. In a series that could be called the tournament of champions the Hawks and the Kings are the last two Stanley Cup Champions and are looking for more championships but must get past each other first.

Throughout these playoffs we have heard the terms resolve and resiliency used on several occasions when describing the Chicago Blackhawks. Now more than ever they will need to muster all of their resolve because the LA Kings have an equal amount and know how to win and what it takes.

The Los Angeles Kings have faced elimina...