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Kings still need to do their part to make ‘Hawks rivals

May 20, 2014, 9:49 AM EDT

Justin Williams, Michal Rozsival AP

The Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks both know first hand just how hard it is to beat the Los Angeles Kings when their backs are against the wall, but they’re not the only ones.

Since Darryl Sutter took over as head coach, the Kings have been practically unbeatable when it matters the most.

There’s only one team they’ve been forced to look up to and its the one they’re facing in the Western Conference Final for the second straight season. The Chicago Blackhawks have beaten them in eight of their last nine meetings, making Kings forward Justin Williams question if Los Angeles can really regard this as a rivalry yet.

“A rivalry only exists when the other team wins,” Williams said, per LA Kings Insider. “We haven’t beat them yet. We have that set for us and we need to rise to the challenge.”

Williams pointed to Chicago’s fast defense as part of the reason for its success.

“If we’re just a little off every game, we’re not going to be good because they’ll expose that,” he said. “They’ll have guys swinging, guys stretching and if you give them time they will make you pay.”

The Kings are certainly capable of rising to the challenge and for their part, the Blackhawks didn’t want to read too much into their regular season success against Los Angeles and it seems doubtful they’re too excited after capturing Game 1.

There’s still a lot of hockey left. Plenty of time for the Kings to turn this into a genuine rivalry.

  1. cheggy1731 - May 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    The regular season games were all close. As a Hawk fan, this team still scares me. Excellent goalie and they know how to win.

  2. pjblake2redwings - May 20, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    hate to say it but this series was over before it started. Blackhawks are unstoppable

  3. sprtsfan1 - May 20, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    No way is this series over, the regular season means nothing. It’s the pre-season before hockey really starts. The Kings, with their backs against the wall do not go down without a fight. I won’t be comfortable until that final horn sounds and the Hawks are I their way to the SCF. Until then, the Hawks better be on their “A” game. As the cliche goes, it’s not over until it’s over.

  4. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 20, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Regular season means nothing because there are too many factors that go into a game, like one team playing their 3rd road game in 4 nights while the home team has been off for two days, resting their #1 goalie, etc. But come playoff time, most everything equalizes.

    That being said, as I said when the series started, the Hawks know how to beat Quick and are capable of doing it. Quick hugs the ice and doesn’t let anything in low. 19 and 88 know how to go top shelf with consistency. Notice on 19’s goal in Game 1 he went high? Last year in Game 5 OT, 88 went high for the game winner.

    LA doesn’t really scare me (as a Hawks fan) and here’s why:

    LA can’t skate with the Hawks and they know it (not may teams can). They need to play clutch and grab, which is hard against a fast skating team.

    LA needs to stay out of the penalty box. Not just because of the 5 on 4 component, but because those two minutes are hard on the defensive penalty killers. LA is averaging about 15 PIM and against a skating team, that’s too much.

    The best way to beat the Hawks is to frustrate them offensively. Detroit last year and Minnesota this year proved that it could be done. Can LA do it for 4 games and not have the “we played well for 58 minutes but we let Patrick Kane loose on a play and he killed us” moment?

  5. blomfeld - May 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    “There’s only one team they’ve been forced to look up to and its the one they’re facing in the WC Final” …

    Well then, at least PHT is finally coming around to see the light eh ? Calling us Kings the ‘second’ best team in the league is still ‘obviously’ wrong, however it’s an improvement from where we were a few weeks back … you remember, when they wrote that ‘hurtful’ article about us having to ‘rethink our mix’ etc. Anyway, all we have to do now is kick the crap out of the Hawks and they’ll sure be singing the tune we want to hear eh ? :)

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

    _________________________________________________________

    Top Ten Signs You’re a Fan of the Chicago Blackhawks:

    10) you’re probably of a ‘larger’ bouquet

    9) you’re ‘constantly’ eating food right off the shelf at Walmart !

    8) you’re a member of Oprah’s book club

    7) you’re ‘constantly’ eating pizzas … even when you sleep !

    6) you’re loath to admit that Jonathan Quick is the ‘greatest’ on the planet

    5) you’re loath to acknowledge what Brown can do for you

    4) you’re loath to acknowledge that Drew Doughty is the second coming of Bobby Orr

    3) a Big Mac within your ‘general’ vicinity has a life expectancy of only 3.2 seconds !

    2) you’re loath to admit that Tinsel Toews is a weirdo

    1) you’re loath to admit that Kane is a ‘punk’ and he’s gonna ‘get it’ real good ! :)

    • machosasquatcho - May 20, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      blomfeld: you’ve made another stupid post. I am partly unsurprised and partly disappointed that I have to poison my eyes with your B.S. this morning. I think now you should bring some alternate accounts to this post such as joey4id, slysisopspoapsopo, patthemoron, aldog83, President Charles Logan, muckleflugga, r8rbhawk, that sharksfan account you think is oh-so-subtle, among others, to make it look like anyone except for me actually wants to engage you in conversation.

      The only people on PHT that think you’re clever are your alternate accounts, and you’re reaching the point with them that even other accounts you sign into are arguing with you and calling you out on your crap. You’re so obnoxious that even you recognize it.

      You have never made a post with any of your accounts that is remotely useful or interesting. You repeat, over and over, “GKG” and insert random YouTube videos. Congrats: you’ve been a Kings fan for two years and you know how to use YouTube. The fact that you need 10 accounts to do these things with reflects poorly on how adjusted you are to reality and the people around you.

      Seek help.

      • blomfeld - May 20, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        and here’s one just for you Squatcho baby ! :)

      • r8rbhawk - May 20, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        Dude, Macho, I am not a Blomfeld account

    • slysipops - May 20, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      NOW BLOMS …your top 10 list would make the COMEDY CLUB envious ! let’s keep it real please !……. SLY

      • blomfeld - May 20, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        “let’s keep it real please” … comrade Slysipops

        AHEM ? …

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        slysipops – May 19, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        FOX’S is also great i had it at the BLUE ISLAND store a few times. AGAIN … THIN is real CHICAGO PIZZA ! :)

    • parasolmonster - May 20, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      “however it’s an improvement from where we were a few weeks back … you remember, when they wrote that ‘hurtful’ article about us having to ‘rethink our mix’ etc.”

      Wait… Blom… YOU remember those articles? Because if I’m not mistaken, you completely disappeared off that face of the planet when the Kings were struggling.

      I feel sorry for all of the legitimate Kings fans out there that you feel the need to be their oddball cheerleader.

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 21, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      Blomdude, you really left yourself open on this one

      6) J Quick as greatest? Lets see, looking at save %s regular season and playoffs the last 2 years, Corey Crawford posted better #s that Quick except the 2013 playoffs (.932 Crow vs .934 Quick). But only Quick was pulled.

      5) you’re loath to acknowledge what Brown can do for you. Lets see, I do acknowledge that he is probably the most skilled “take out artist” in the league. But beyond injuring players, his #s were pretty low for a captain – 27 points, +/- 7, a shooting % of .77.

      Toews had 68 points, +/- 26, and shot .145. Condidered one of the best 2 way forwards in the league. I’d chose captain serious in a heartbeat.

  6. dt58 - May 20, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    The only thing I loathe is you and your blind arrogance for the Kings. At least try to talk about hockey in your ridiculously long and pointless rants. You know, hockey site…hockey talk

    • blomfeld - May 20, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      here ya go lollipop ! :)

  7. slysipops - May 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    WELL, the KINGS and their coach maybe be trying to motivate themselves in unknown ( to them ) levels to keep up with the BLACKHAWKS …. but in the end they will feel as though they got into the ring with ROCKY BALBOA …………

  8. aldog83 - May 20, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Blackhawks are better.

    Kings need to win some games NOW.

    Best team does not always advance.

    GKG!

    • chicagobtech - May 20, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      “Best team does not always advance.”

      Dunno about you, but for me a pretty good metric on how good one team is when compared to another is advancing to the next round in the playoffs.

    • blomfeld - May 20, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      DEFEATISM …

      Defeatism is the acceptance of defeat without struggle. In everyday use, defeatism often has negative connotations and can be linked to pessimism in psychology. The term is commonly used in politics, and especially in the context of war to denote treason: a soldier can be a defeatist if he or she refuses to fight because he or she thinks that the fight will be lost for sure or that it is not worth fighting for some other reason. Again in connection with war, the term is used to refer to the view that defeat would be better than victory. The term can also be used in other fields, like politics, sport, psychology and philosophy.

      __________________________________________________

      Aldog83 and others … the bottom line friends is that we’ve come ‘too far’ now to tolerate any talk of of us not being ‘supremely’ victorious … especially from our own good selves ! And never forget that ‘ours’ is an enterprise driven not only by superior skill, conviction and aplomb, but more importantly by divine providence and supreme righteousness ! … for crying out loud you guys, the man ‘upstairs’ himself put his money down on us last September !

      summary: please remove any doubts or negative thoughts from your heads immediately !

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

      • slysipops - May 20, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        right now the KINGS may be on a battlefield that they wish they never saw ………..

  9. chicagobtech - May 20, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Justin Williams is right, but for a different reason. It’s not winning one, two, or three games in a series but not advancing to the next round that makes for a rivalry, it’s winning the series. Chicago versus Vancouver? For me it wasn’t the 2008-09 or the 2009-10 series that made it a rivalry, it was the 2011 series.

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