Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks Set to Due Battle in the West

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Last year the Los Angeles Kings were crowned champions of the NHL, taking home their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Now the Kings have advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the second year in a row. Los Angeles battled game by game, becoming the stronger team in the end and ultimately eliminated the San Jose Sharks in seven games.

Much of their success can be credited to the amazing efforts put forth by Johnathan Quick. Quick made numerous key saves in helping the Kings advance past the Sharks. He was on his game and came through brilliantly in the most crucial of moments, stifling a dynamic San Jose attack.

Wednesday night’s Chicago Blackhawks versus Detroit Redwings showdown was do or die game 7. An admission slip to the Kings court was on the line. Both the Hawks and Redwings have recently won a Stanley Cup. Each club clearly understood what it was going to take and they both battled one another in what was an epic fight.

It was only fitting that these two Original Six rivals would require overtime in game 7. The tilt was a nail-bitter to say the least. Neither club had a decided advantage. In the extra frame, Chicago blue liner Brent Seabrook banged home the game winning goal, propelling Chi-Town’s finest into the next round.

With the Bruins and Penguins set to square off in the East, we now know the Kings and Blackhawks will be joining them amongst the NHL’s final four. Interestingly enough, each of the four remaining teams are the last four Stanley Cup winners.

Penguins won in 2009, Blackhawks in 2010, Bruins in 2011, and of course the Kings in 2012.

Bryan Bernard – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports
 

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