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It’s official: Blackhawks face Kings in Western Conference finals

May 29, 2013, 11:22 PM EDT

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The last four Stanley Cup champions have made it to the 2013 playoffs’ final four.

While the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins needed just five games to end their respective second-round series, the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings were pushed to the limit in theirs.

There’s also not a lot of postseason history between the two teams. The Blackhawks won the teams’ only series 4-1 way back in 1973-74.

It might be short on history, but it’s likely long on storylines. After all, it doesn’t get much better than Presidents’ Trophy winners vs. defending Stanley Cup champions, does it?

  1. 13datsyuk13 - May 29, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Go Kings!

    • dannymac17 - May 29, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      the thumbs down came from sharks66 and other sharks fans

  2. qauzaq - May 29, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Let do it kings! This is a great challenge!

  3. vagabondjim65 - May 30, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    It’s not #1 vs. #4 in both conferences. L.A. was the #5 seed in the West.

    • James O'Brien - May 30, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      You are correct. Thanks for catching that.

  4. pizzano7416 - May 30, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    I really want to see a Kings Pens finals. It will be interesting to see if Quick and the Kings D can slow down the best offense in the world and there avg of over 4 goals a game.. It would be awesome for the Pens to dethrone the Kings, just like they did back in 09 against the RedWings.. Regardless Pens Kings would make for a very interesting and fun series to watch.

    • ron05342 - May 30, 2013 at 1:52 AM

      The problem is that the Kings D just isn’t the same as it was last season. Kings are missing Willie Mitchell, most definitely.

      Greene is finally back, but Kings have a real liability in Jake Muzzin. Sutter may reinsert Martinez due to the Black Hawks speed. Martinez has had an awful year, so its a tough choice for Sutter.

  5. blomfeld - May 30, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    “VENI, VIDI, VICI” …

    So this is what fate lays before us, the Blackhawks of Chicago? Well so be it, as the Hawks are just as good as the next opponent if you want to get down to brass tacks. The bottom line friends, is that our glorious enterprise ‘scoffs’ at what ever opposition now dares to stand in our way. The Chicago Blackhawks are going to be crushed by our righteous and ‘champion’ Kings, make no mistake about it, no different than some lowly ant on the sidewalk being crushed under the heel of a patriotic worker marching by !

    GO KINGS GO !!!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • harryballzonya - May 30, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      easy there blomfeld, the Hawks will be the toughest test yet. This series will be won and lost on the PP. The Hawks have the better scoring and the Kings are the better defensive team, going to be a dog fight till the end.

      Good luck to both teams, but Kings in 6!

      • blomfeld - May 31, 2013 at 12:49 AM

        Person A: who is this Harry Belafonte guy ?

        Person B: I’m not sure friend, however he must be ‘quality” people given his call for a kings’ win …

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