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‘Hawks not letting regular season success against Kings go to their heads

May 17, 2014, 2:26 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks have had the Los Angeles Kings’ number for a little while it seems.

They bounced L.A. out in five games in last season’s Western Conference Final and this season they’ve gone 3-0-0 against them in the regular season. Marian Hossa knows that that kind of success doesn’t mean much when it’s playoff time as Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune shares.

You know what, that’s regular season — playoffs are a little bit different,” Hossa said. “You can’t rely on what happened back a few months ago. The level is a little bit different.”

It certainly is different and if you were to judge either team by how they did things in the regular season compared to the playoffs, you’d be missing out on a lot of details.

Both Jonathan Quick and Corey Crawford have played great in the playoffs and are major reasons why their teams are facing each other now. Patrick Kane and Marian Gaborik have been the epitome of clutch while Jonathan Toews and Anze Kopitar have dominated on both sides of the puck.

The Blackhawks may be coming into the series as favorites, but it’s an even match-up if there ever was one.

  1. opattytheirishrover - May 17, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    As sad as it made me to watch the ducks get destroyed last night, I couldn’t have been touched more by the professional display post game and during the handshake.

    The kings players are a good group, and that series was (mostly) fun to watch.

    And now kings and hawks again? Can’t wait. Love this time of year!

    • blomfeld - May 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      Well said by our Irish friend O’Patty !

      We’re sorry to hear comrade that you were ‘saddened’ by the elimination of the Ducks … however ‘that’ which must be done ‘will’ be done (Romulus 16:5). Nonetheless, if it’s any consolation then please know that we Kings do not view the Ducks as our ‘natural’ enemies … that of course is reserved for the likes of Vancouver, Chicago, Montreal, Boston, Toronto, Pittsburgh and such as. In the meantime however, I implore you friend to now pick up a musket and ‘fall in’ with us Kings ! Yes sir ! We’re going places man and it’s gonna be a blast ! :)

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

      • endusersolutions2013 - May 18, 2014 at 3:31 AM

        Blom, I frequently don’t get the significant applicability of many of your links, but ultimately appreciated some of your historical links.

        The Kings, whether they succeed or not (hopefully vs my beloved ‘Hawks), will have epitomized just how profoundly tough it is to succeed in the WC. Kings have gotten past the Sharks, Ducks and now Hawks are in the way.

        No team will have faced such a daunting challenge en route to the SC if the Kings make it.

        EC fans, please, if you can with actual intellectual integrity, compare the difficulty of the path the Kings will have faced vs EC teams (and you’d have to argue against Sagarin rankings, inter-conference play results, SC Cup post salary cap results…..

  2. gret9 - May 17, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    All they have to do is look at their losing regular season records against the Blues and Wild to see that the regular season means squat when you get into the post season. Kings are playing great hockey right now and Chicago will have to play it’s best to have a shot to return to the Finals. Should be a great series.

    Go Blackhawks!

  3. johnmr12 - May 17, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    The Kings are playing a whole lot better now than they did during the regular season, and Gaborik was a huge addition for us. Consistent goal scoring is our weak link, and he has boosted that big time, as evidenced by his leading the playoffs in goals. Also, something happened to Carter very recently that has him flying out there. I don’t know if he was playing hurt or just decided it was time to leave it all out there. And finally, the two rookies, Pearson and Taffoli are getting better every game. I wish Regehr was healthy, but I still think this is the best team we have had to go up against the Hawks in the past two years. I still think the Hawks have the edge and home Ice, but I certainly like our chances more this year than last year.

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 18, 2014 at 3:37 AM

      I do serious stats, and last year, there was a very clear difference between the two teams, and the result was expected.

      Not so this year. I’m a known Hawks fan, and I’m seeing a competitive series.

  4. Plumber 65 - May 17, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    The respect is amazing in the nhl !!! You gotta love to see the beating and battles. Then after 7 games a winner and it’s hand shakes and hugs. Damn good time of the year. Good hockey

  5. aldog83 - May 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Don’t believe the Hossa OR the Hawks.

    If you beat up the same kid at the playground everyday….

    You cant take them serious….

    You can talk “Balance” and “Even” all you want.

    But 3-0 regular season and 4-1 to eliminate LA Kings last playoff…..

    Means the Hawks will not take the Kings as serious as if it were the other way around.

    Human Nature. Hawks have every reason to believe they will skate by Kings again….

    I hope the Hawks are WRONG!!!

    GKG!!!!

  6. blomfeld - May 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    “Hawks not letting regular season success against the Kings go to their heads” ?

    WHATEVER …

    because there’s an army of LA boots ‘primed & ready’ to go right up Chicago’s ‘pretty’ little ass !

    GO KINGS !!! … SMASH THE HAWKS !!! … REVEAL THEM FOR THE ‘FRAUDS’ THEY ARE !!!!!!!!

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 18, 2014 at 3:45 AM

      So you include a clip about mass brain washing and profound intimidation?

      The Dilusional NK regime has for 3 generations articulated that the current dictator is a “””””god””””””, and his countrymen can expect to be executed or tossed into the prison gulag if they do not.

      The practices of N. Korea are nothing anyone should post favorably on.

      • blomfeld - May 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        Solutions … please pay attention to ‘detail’ eh ?

        This ‘excellent’ clip is from the 60th anniversary celebrations of the People’s Republic of China (2009) featuring the ‘glorious’ Beijing Women’s Militia marching in ‘square’ formation (Chinese: 女民兵方队) … this has absolutely nothing to do with bloody North Korea and your attempts to compare China with them is both ‘appalling’ and quite ‘insulting’ to say the least …

      • blackhawksdynasty - May 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        Good lord – that’s China, not NK
        In blob’s ‘eyes’ those girls in the ‘video’ are apparently his ‘beloved’ LA Queens

    • slysipops - May 18, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      guys, what BLOMFELD is worried about is that the BLACKHAWKS, in their home red uniforms, will look like an army of red on the attack !! GO HAWKS GO !!…………. take no prisoners !

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