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Blackhawks win a thriller, force Game 7 against Kings

May 30, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

What a hockey game we just witnessed.

The Chicago Blackhawks have forced a Game 7 in the Western Conference Final by beating the L.A. Kings by a final score of 4-3 on Friday. It was back-and-forth. There was heavy hitting. There was an exchange of pleasantries between goalies Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick. And there was star power. No, not the celebs in the seats of the Staples Center.

We’re talking Drew Doughty. And Patrick Kane. Those two players themselves went shot-for-shot in the third period.

The Kings, needing a win to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in three years, entered the third period down a goal. But they responded, and took the lead with two goals in 2:06 early, thanks to the brilliance of Doughty, who tied the game and then showed strength, finesse and guts by setting up Alec Martinez to give L.A. a 3-2 lead.

Enter Kane.

After going the first three games of this series without a point, Kane has been on fire in the last three games. He set up Keith to get Chicago on even terms less than four minutes after L.A. took the third-period lead. Then, the shifty and highly skilled Blackhawks forward gave his team the lead, beating Quick with a wrist shot after evading the coverage of Marian Gaborik.

In the last three games, Kane has eight points. And the Blackhawks have forced a deciding game after trailing in this series 3-1. Meanwhile, it will mark the third time in these playoffs the Kings have played in a Game 7.

It was a remarkable display between the two teams on Friday. It’s not over. They’ll meet one last time this spring on Sunday, as they battle for a berth in the championship series and the chance to face the New York Rangers.

101 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. canucks30 - May 30, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Well, he did it again.

    • r8rbhawk - May 30, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      There was a reason I was concerned about your whereabouts after last game. Well you didn’t disappoint tonight pal.

      • canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 12:05 AM

        You guys better realize how fortunate you are to have this guy.

        He’s reminds me of Pavel Bure with a little bit of Peter Forsberg’s playmaking thrown in.

        Flyers fans must be kicking themselves they lost the 2007 Draft Lottery and ended up with Luke Schenn via James Van Riemsdyk.

      • r8rbhawk - May 31, 2014 at 12:26 AM

        I do my best not to take this guy for granted. I grew up watching the Hawks of the early 90s who could never get over the hump. Those teams were good, but they did not have a guy like Pat Kane, which is really tough for me to say since Jeremy Roenick is my favorite player of all time. I know boys, there are a lot of better players to have played but JR did it all, and he was an American boy to boot. Being the little brother of hockey, I have to root for my American boys first.

    • kaptaanamerica - May 31, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      Kane needs to get a healthy dose of Kopitar. Time to shut Kane down, the real reason the hawks are still kicking around.

      Where’s TOES? If the hawks win, Kane becomes their MVP candidate.

      I’ll give credit to the hawks who have surprised with their resiliency.

      Go Kings.

      • canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 12:15 AM

        I would just like to point out that kaptaanamerica’s views on Toews in no way reflect the views of most Canucks fans who have the utmost respect for the 2 time Stanley Cup champion and 2 time Olympic Gold medalist Jonathan TOEWS.

      • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 12:27 AM

        Ok. So who do you line up against Toews-Hossa-Bickell then? That 70’s Line isn’t physical enough, the King-Richards-Williams line isn’t fast enough, and neither is Clifford-Staal-Lewis. And then on defense, do you want Mitchell on the ice against them? Or Martinez? It ain’t as easy as you think.

      • slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        THANKS for you insight @canucks30, kaptanjaginabag is just some troll who sneaks out of mommies basement every now and then to make an a$$ out of himself ! as for TOEWS …. he is a young man that would make any parent proud. he is the type of sports player that young kids should try and emulate !

      • kaptaanamerica - May 31, 2014 at 2:15 AM

        So, what, are you doing surveys now? Canucks00… I’d let Carter and co go up against TOES. Or Williams and friends. Kane is the most dangerous hawk out there.

        I go out off my way to compliment the hawks and the douche bags have to stir things up… No surprise there. I hope it’s heartbreak for TOES like in 2011.

      • madhouseonmadison - May 31, 2014 at 2:16 AM

        If you’re surprised by the Hawks resiliency you really are more stupid than the words you’ve posted my friend.

      • hawksin5 - May 31, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        kaptaan just likes to troll the hawks. he’s a sack of dog $hit wrought with jealousy. and no matter the form he does it, he spells tows with no ‘W’ and often capitalizes it. an attempt at belittlement or insult, i guess?

      • kaptaanamerica - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:42 AM

        lols f* u “hawksinfive” what a farfegnugen joke your name is… it’s game 7 biatch… get a clue…

        @madhouse, i’ll doubt the Hawks, and i’ll keep doubting them.. the cup last year was a fraud. let’s see what happens in game 7 and when the Hawks lose you can take your remote control and do unnatural things with it you mook…

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 31, 2014 at 3:58 AM

      Dude, Thanks – huge memories!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. canucks30 - May 30, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Blackhawks are 13-0 in Games 5,6,7 the last two post-seasons.

    Doesn’t get more clutch than that.

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 31, 2014 at 4:02 AM

      I’m a stats guy, and I missed that. Thanks 4 upping my confidence.

      • canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 4:15 AM

        slysipops, muckleflugga, and endusersolutions2013 are blomfeld (although 2 of the 3 are pretending to be Blackhawks fans).

        I have my suspicions about kaptaanamerica as well.

      • endusersolutions2013 - May 31, 2014 at 5:11 AM

        Hmmm. I have two hockey t-shirts. One is the Bh official #19 Toews. The other is a humorous Cory Crawford that I got thru Cuby tes (not a paid shril, so I don’t post advertizing)

        My #1 all sports team is the ‘Hawks. 60’s forward. Grew up on the “sout side”. I was the only guy on our lagoon who owned 3 sticks – goalie, defense and offense. Not because I was 3 way, I was just desperate – whatever role was needed, I was going to be available.

        No coaching – should have focused on goalie (role I played best in with soccer).

        Blomdude never posts about his past – what teams he had fond memories decades ago, what positions he played, injuries he had, seasons he lost.

        I have ZERO reasons to brag on this thread.

        What I am trying to say is that I’m not a “johnny come lately”, and I am a very consistent ‘hawks fan (Wild are my # 2 team). If you had actually participated on this forum for the past year, you’d have seen my posts, have seen I’m seriously analytical.

        But you have not, and unfortunately leap to clueless conclusions.

      • slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        @canucks30……. you won’t believe this ,but here it goes anyway……. my HAWKS gear inventory ….. about 8 or 10 BLACKHAWK caps ( a few are 2010 SC winner variety ) about 8 or 8 BLACKHAWK TEE SHIRTS ( some also 2010 SC COMPARATIVES) ….. 1 black BLACKHAWKS old timer hooded sweat shirt…1 red ” cold steel on ice ” BLACKHAWKS hooded sweat shirt…. 1 original black BLACKHAWKS home jersey ( about 10 to 15 years old..cost $65 .00 back then, so you know it’s old ) 1 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED with KIETH MAGNUSON on the cover . if this site allowed pictures i could show you a pic of my wife and myself at the K-WINGS rink with the Zamboni cleaning the ice . our team was in the playoff final .our team jersey was green as was our opponent, so we agreed to wear dark colored ones. i am in my black BLACKHAWK jersey. the reason for the picture was for our 35 wedding anniversary. what w way to spend it ( she was so understanding….lol ) ….. unfortunately we lost in overtime ! yours truly …..SLYSIPOPS !!!

  3. r8rbhawk - May 30, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object??? Hockey fans get spoiled with an amazing series, while Hawks and Kings fans suffer from hypertension. There is a reason why these two team are the last 2 Stanley Cup Champions. What a game!

  4. bucrightoff - May 30, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    In a fair and just world, this would be on the front page of every sports section and website in the US, instead it’ll be about how the Heat won the worst conference in modern sports history. This series is one of the best series ever, can it really get better in Game 7? I sure hope so.

    And Patrick Kane, what more can you say? As long as the Hawks have Kane and Toews they’re going to be a contender.

    • r8rbhawk - May 31, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      There was an NBA game on tonight?

      • slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 12:34 AM

        is that what they call that stuff ?

      • kpom1 - May 31, 2014 at 12:54 AM

        What’s the NBA? Is that the baseball league?

    • slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      isn’t that the truth ! but some people can’t keep up with the speed or action of a hockey game. i always wondered why they just don’t play basketball games for a 2 minute time period . most of the games are settled in that time span, and even that takes about an hour

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 31, 2014 at 4:09 AM

      And one immediate difference, while most major sports have their ‘faker challenges”, at least the NHL actually penalizes flopping (diving/enhancement, whatever…)

      I rest my case with this great clip.

  5. nightfireop - May 30, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    well, i’ll be first to conceed. the blackhawks truly earned their place to get back to the finals. nothing but burning sensation tonight (and likely the end of sunday too). the blackhawks are here to take the series, i’m sorry kings but if that’s the best you can do, you’re not winning this series.

    gg hawks.

    • r8rbhawk - May 30, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      you’ve been here night in and night out whether your team won or not. Nothing but respect for you sir!

  6. sixchr - May 30, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Someone tell the Rangers to stay in New York so these teams can play another 7 game series. Sunday night is going to be unbelievable to watch.

    • canucks30 - May 30, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      If the Rangers do have one edge it’s Alain Vigneault. He’s played 5 playoff series vs the Kings and Blackhawks combined as the Head Coach of the Vancouver Canucks and is ostensibly more prepared for either compared to the Kings and Blackhawks who have seen little of the Rangers in recent years.

      • kpom1 - May 31, 2014 at 12:55 AM

        Alain Vigneault as the edge? He had a 3-0 lead against 40% of the team who won the 2010 Stanley Cup, and it still took him to OT of Game 7 to earn the right to lose to the Bruins.

      • canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 1:08 AM

        I think that speaks more to the Blackhawks resiliency (which we are witnessing yet again and saw last year vs Detroit) than an indictment on Vigneault.

        Bottom line, he’s more familiar with Doughty, Kopitar, Toews, Kane, Keith, Brown, etc. than those teams are with the Rangers.

        The Kings or Blackhawks will still be the favourites though.

      • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 1:48 AM

        And a missed upper shelf left corner shot by Sharp proceeded by a bad play by Chris Campoli in his own end in OT to gift wrap the GWG to that ahole Alex Burrows.

      • r8rbhawk - May 31, 2014 at 2:08 AM

        seriously, Campoli, we are taught as kids to use the boards to get the puck out of the zone and what does he do? he throws it into the middle of the ice. Ugh, just terrible. Almost as bad as Canucks30’s favorite QB (Favre) throwing against the grain into tight coverage against the Saints, eh Canucks30?

      • canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 2:18 AM

      • r8rbhawk - May 31, 2014 at 2:24 AM

        NO! You did not just post that! Worst call in the history of sports! I eased up and didn’t go find the Favre clip and you turn around and stab me in the back with this? Brutal. I have never been so angry at a game in my life. (Game 2 against St. Louis this year was close)

  7. canucks30 - May 30, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    3 consecutive Game 7’s for the Kings.

    No team has ever pulled off 3 Game 7 wins in a row to get to the Stanley Cup Finals.

  8. afrancis55 - May 30, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    For such a great game, it was terrible commentary by Kenny Albert, Brian Engblom and that other clown in the booth. Some of the most biased towards Chicago I’ve ever heard. I’m surprised Engblom didn’t try and start jerking off Kane in the post game interview. What ever happened to Dave Strater anyways?

    Here’s to Game 7 being as good as Game 6 AND being called by Doc Emeick!

    • r8rbhawk - May 30, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      seriously, if they are going to go with a B team, they really need to bring in Dave Strader or my preference is the tandem of John Forslund and Daryl Reaugh

    • canucks30 - May 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      We get Bob Cole here in Canada.

      He’s like the Vin Scully of hockey.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - May 31, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        I quit liking Cole after the cup final where Bourque finally won and Cole spent the last 2 full minutes saying over and over “you’ve got your cup Ray, you’ve got your cup.” once was fine but just the same thing over and over.

        And he also tends to call the game in sentence fragments now: “defenseman, up ice, forward, chipped in, defenseman, there’s the shot” no names, very little detail. He was great in his prime but that’s in the past.

      • kaptaanamerica - May 31, 2014 at 2:38 AM

        Bob Cole always sucked. Leaf homer all the time. The guy was always missing calls, getting names wrong, his call of Gretzky’s last game was brutal…

    • slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      wah wah wah wah !

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 31, 2014 at 4:21 AM

      That is beyond inappropriate. Perhaps you stick to observations about the game that was played.

      Bush league

  9. comeonnowguys - May 30, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    They won Game 6, not Games 6 & 7 tonight. This isn’t the Blues the Hawks are playing.

    • r8rbhawk - May 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      agreed, game 7 is a flip of the coin. The Kings don’t die and the Hawks know how to close out a series, this should be epic.

      • canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 12:11 AM

        The Kings are a prototypical “road team”. Their pedestrian, grinding, style of play under Darryl Sutter is better suited for the road. I don’t think they’ll be intimidated by the United Center in Game 7.

      • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 12:16 AM

        r8rbhawk, #20 in SilverandBlack is my guy but can’t stay healthy. My moniker is both an homage and a curse for him.

      • r8rbhawk - May 31, 2014 at 12:33 AM

        oh man, that game against the Broncos in 2010 when he ran wild and scored 3 TDs… if only we could see that multiple times in this upcoming season. I know PHT friends, McFadden and I are going to return to hockey now

      • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 12:47 AM

        I still have that game on a disk somewhere. My favorite play, actually, was Chris Johnson’s pick six on Denver’s first offensive play. I’ve been to games in Denver (all losses unfortunately) and seeing the 59 on the board at the end was gratifying. I still say that game was the beginning of the end of the Josh McDaniels Program in the Mile High city.

        I think they will have a good season (7-9). Most pundits have them under 4.5 games, but the offense will maul people. #20 should have 1,000 and Khalil Mack will be a monster pass rusher. I think we’ll surprise.

      • r8rbhawk - May 31, 2014 at 12:58 AM

        Dude, that is funny, all the games I’ve gone to were in Oakland, (except my first game I went to when they were still in LA) they lost every time. Denver is actually just over an hour long flight from me but I prefer to go see them play in our Nation’s Capital.

      • canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 1:08 AM

        This is the last of the Raider talk (I think). I’ve only been to one home game, but it was great. It was the Sunday Night Football rematch against the Patriots after the SnowJob. Oh for the good old days.

        How are you a Hawks and Raider fan? There ain’t that many of us out there.

      • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 1:09 AM

        Low F’in blow canucks30. If you want to start that, I got two words for ya:

        Dustin Byfuglien

      • atwatercrushesokoye - May 31, 2014 at 1:10 AM

        The 2010 game was the worst thing I’ve ever witnessed as a Broncos fan (and I’ve watched 4 Super Bowl losses!) it’s one of the only times I can ever remember actually turning a Broncos game off. Eff McDaniels!

        Enjoy the past fellas, and get ready for 2 more beat downs this year! Here’s hoping 2002 was the last winning season the Raiders will ever have!

      • canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 1:15 AM

        Let the AFC West love fest continue. I’m a Chiefs fan.

      • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 1:17 AM

        hey atwatercrushesokoye, Manning’s neck isn’t going to hold up forever. Once he’s gone, your offense will be led by…….Brock Osweiller?

        Von Miller is one more strike from being next to Roger for a year. Aquib Talib will be in trouble at the same time as McFadden gets hurt, which is usually around Week 4. And you’re OLine isn’t any better than last year, which was exposed in The Big Game.

        You will still beat us twice (and I can’t believe those words came out of my mouth), but that aint sayin much.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - May 31, 2014 at 1:18 AM

        A Chefs fan? Could be worse, you could be a Chargers fan…although they only have fans when they’re winning.

      • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 1:20 AM

        canucks30, the only good thing about KC is the BBQ, and it “aint as good as Memphis”.

        You’re beloved Chief will come back to earth this year as Alex Smith wakes up and realizes that he really isn’t that great of a quarterback. Bye Bye Dexter will hurt as will Dwayne Bowe’s complaints midway through the season that Alex Smith can’t get him the ball.

      • r8rbhawk - May 31, 2014 at 1:23 AM

        yeah, it is pretty crazy how it worked out, you are right it is quite rare. I had an aunt and uncle that lived in Marina Del Rey Cali. When I was 7 my family went down to visit and do the typical SoCal trip to Disneyland, Universal Studios, etc. We all went to see the LA Raiders play a game as well. Walking into the LA Coliseum with the Raider Anthem blaring over the loud speakers and seeing everyone dressed up in Silver and Black, I was hooked. This was back when Jay Shroeder was QB, Marcus Allen was RB and my boy Bo was on the team but was off playing baseball for the KC Royals that game. Anyway, I swore my allegiance to the Silver and Black on that day and have never looked back.

        My first peewee team was the Hawks, the Blackhawks seemed like a good fit since they almost had the same name as my team. This was also the early 90s so it was sorta easy to jump on the band wagon as a kid. Been a fan since then.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - May 31, 2014 at 1:26 AM

        The o-line automatically gets better from getting Ryan Clady back, they’re moving Franklin to left guard which means the left side of the line is solid. Clark did fairly well filling in for Clady, now he gets the first chance to step in at right tackle and Vasquez is beastly at RG. ManRam isn’t a great center, he was serviceable for 18 games last year, unfortunately his bad one was when it mattered the most. Hopefully Montgomery provides some quality competition for him.

        Miller is fine, he’ll be back to his 18+ sacks form, throw in Ware rushing from the other side and that’s a pretty good pass rush. Then you’ve got a return to health for Wolfe (he was a massive loss for them last year) setting the edge as a DE on rushing downs and bumping inside to rush the passer on passing downs, he wand Sly Williams should be picking up plenty of sacks with teams focused on Miller and Ware.

        Talib is injury prone, he’ll be great for the 8 games he plays though.

      • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 1:28 AM

        Born, raised, and have lived in the Chicago suburbs my entire life. Have been a Hawks fan since a little kid but grew up a Bears fan. Switched to Raiders in 1989 when my favorite Bears, Willie Gault and Mama’s Boy Otis Wilson ended up with the Raiders. Been bleeding S&B ever since.

      • r8rbhawk - May 31, 2014 at 1:29 AM

        LOL, this is the best chat ever on PHT. Two Raider fans (one in Utah, the other in Illinois), a Broncos fan (from Alberta I believe) and a Chiefs fan (from Vancouver) all united by Hockey but have the utmost disdain for each other’s football teams. Looks like we may have to eventually take this chat over to PFT

      • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 1:32 AM

        atwatercrushesokoye, 18+ for Miller???? I think you’ve been to one too many of the new “legal” establishments tonight. I personally think Ware is done.

        You guys can sleep walk to the division title, even the Super Bowl because I don’t see anyone in the AFC who can beat you (yes, I just threw up in my mouth). Unless another DB has a brain fart with a few heartbeats left on the clock……

      • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 1:34 AM

        I try to post over at PFT but Florio always blocks them. I guess since I’m not a Steeler fan, I can’t post.

      • canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 1:35 AM

        Been a Chiefs fans since I was a kid and they had Joe Montana back in the early 90’s. Don’t know why but I just liked them.

        Will Shields is my favourite player. One of the best O-Lineman of all-time and a first rate human being. Belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

        The Brett Favre Packers of the 1990’s were my second favourite team (and one that is very popular in Canada).

        Never been a Seahawks fan.

      • canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 1:40 AM

        PFT doesn’t allow YouTube videos which is my M.O. (I’m a visual person).

        So I rarely post there other than to troll Cowboys articles or post a sarcastic comment.

      • r8rbhawk - May 31, 2014 at 1:40 AM

        Atwater, you may as well spill the beans on your Fandom for Denver. Was I right about you being from Alberta?

      • atwatercrushesokoye - May 31, 2014 at 1:47 AM

        Yep, born and raised Calgarian. The first football game I ever watched was with my dad, we decided I would cheer for the team playing his and we would wager on it, his team is the Cleveland Browns and that day was the day of the drive. I’ve been a Broncos fan and an Elway fan ever since!

        I post on PFT every now and then but it’s so ridiculous on what they let through and what they don’t.

        And for the record I hate every other AFC west team BUT I have respect for Chef and Raiders fans because they’re actually there even during the tough times, Chargers fans are there in their brand new jerseys while the team is winning and the stadium is empty when they’re losing.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - May 31, 2014 at 1:50 AM

        canucks30: I hate the Seahawks! I always have, that’s what made the February 2nd massacre so much harder to take!

      • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 1:52 AM

        Charger fans are a joke. They moan about being taken serious but you look their home game against the Raiders and their are more black jersey’s than powder blue.

        I do like lightning bolt on the helmets.

      • r8rbhawk - May 31, 2014 at 2:02 AM

        Cool story Atwater. I was asking about Alberta just in case we ever played hockey against each other as teenagers, I know, highly unlikely but worth a shot considering there are not a ton of people in Alberta. I spent two winters in Alberta when I was a midget. My team traveled and played towns from all over Southern Alberta. We stayed in Lethbridge, but went out all over, Nanton, Vauxhall, Fort McLoed, Taber, Bow Island, Coaldale, Coalhurst Foremost, the farthest North we got was Okotoks. I was hoping we could have made it up to Calgary but we never did. I had a good time even though my dreams of playing pro hockey were crushed after we were getting our butts kicked by these Canadian boys in these rinky dink towns. Great people up there too by the way. Every town rolled out the red carpet for us boys from Utah.

      • canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 2:08 AM

        I might as well point out that I don’t have a favourite baseball team but was a fan of the Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners in the 1990’s and the Pedro Martinez Red Sox in the early aughts.

        Also, a CFL fan of the BC Lions (most Canadians follow either the NFL or CFL and not both so I wonder if atwatercrushesokoye follows the Stampeders).

        Haven’t followed the NBA much since the Grizzlies left but I do enjoy NBA video games more than the Madden or NHL series.

      • r8rbhawk - May 31, 2014 at 2:13 AM

        I know Canucks30 already knows this but we’ll see how McFadden reacts to my fav MLB and NBA teams since I remember him saying he likes the Lakers, and I just don’t know if he pulls for the north or south siders. My MLB and NBA teams are the White Sox (first peewee team) and Utah Jazz (my only home town team).

      • atwatercrushesokoye - May 31, 2014 at 2:14 AM

        Canucks30: Nope, I’ve never been much of a CFL fan, which is odd since I coach high school football. A lot of the kids I’ve coached are playing University football so I follow the CIS action pretty closely (go Dinos!) I have vowed once more of our kids get to the CFL I will start following it more closely.

      • r8rbhawk - May 31, 2014 at 2:43 AM

        Alright boys, good chat. I am signing off. I am sure when the folks back east run through these comments in the morning we are going to get a lot of WTFs and down thumbs, especially McFadden and I since we are the Raider fans. Talk to you boys later. Oh lastly, Go Hawks!

      • comeonnowguys - May 31, 2014 at 6:21 AM

        I am just going to throw out that your name constantly reminds me of the year when I picked 11th out of 12 and drafted DMC in the first round.

        It ended… poorly.

      • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        Don’t like baseball. My father was a lifelong, 70 year Cubs fan but it never transferred over. Although, if the Cubs were to ever win a World Series, I think this town would explode.

        I’ve always been a Laker fan. I think I was the only person in Chicago who declared “The series is over” when Sam Perkins hits the 3 to win game 1 of the 1991 NBA Finals.

    • kpom1 - May 31, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      True. Game 7 is truly a toss-up. But after the way the ‘Hawks played Games 2,3, and 4, I never expected a Game 7.

  10. letherton - May 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    This game proves that hockey is the greatest team sport for players and fans. Excitement never stops. Now on to game. 7. Look out Rangers a hockey steamroller is coming at you no matter who wins.

  11. cubbybeers41 - May 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    I am naming my dog Kaner.

  12. bills4 - May 31, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    If there is any consolation in these two loses, it that Darryl Sutter will not let this team dwell on it. The Kings will give the Hawks all they can handle on Sunday. Although momentum is clearly in Chicago’s favor, it is not at all inconceivable to see the Kings win.

  13. bighossa - May 31, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Blomfeld I don’t know what god you pray to buy mine is a hawks fan. WHOOOOO let’s go hawks.

    But seriously damn good series.


  14. lakingfan - May 31, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Terrible sports commentating! It was all about the Blackhawks before, during, and after the game. It was a Kings home game and the spotlight was on Chicago. NBC Sports highlighted the players and how great the Blackhawks are. Wow…I guess I know who they want to win!

    • alexbaymac - May 31, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      Yeah but Game 5 (in Chicago) was “All Kings; All the Time” & how they were closing it out in 5…until the Hawks showed some life. I think they just pander to whomever they think is going to win….but I will agree that they have been horrible.

    • slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      NEED A HANKY ?

  15. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Few things I’ve learned and or noticed:

    I love #2 in red, but if I’m starting a team, #8 in black is my first D man. Can play D and O. I’m almost in love…….

    Darryl Sutter has a problem. Who do you put Kopitar’s line on with #8 on defense? There were times it was on #19’s line and at times is was on #88’s. Can’t do both. And, now with Coach Stache having last change, he can dictate who he wants matched up against.

    Hawks D is blocking shots. There were a few that got through tonight but they’ve done a better job of not letting pucks get to the net.

    I am impressed by both teams. When Hawks went up 2-1, Kings didn’t flinch. When Kings went up 3-2, Hawks kept playing their game.

    • canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      Choosing between Keith and Doughty is like choosing between Scott Niedermayer and Ray Bourque.

      • kpom1 - May 31, 2014 at 1:01 AM

        “Choosing between Keith and Doughty is like choosing between Scott Niedermayer and Ray Bourque.”

        Or Orville vs. Wilbur
        Adams vs. Jefferson
        Bird vs. Johnson
        Reagan vs. Thatcher
        Ruth vs. Cobb

      • kaptaanamerica - May 31, 2014 at 2:57 AM

        Keith doesn’t even belong in the conversation…

  16. hrudey - May 31, 2014 at 12:18 AM


    Well, that’s my comment as a Kings fan. As a hockey fan, it’s a hell of a series, the kind that in the dark years before 2012, would make the postseason more enjoyable because it’s not like the Kings ever did anything ever in the playoffs (offer void in 1993). I really wish I could hate the Blackhawks, but they play the game the right way with the heart of a champion and never quit, and that’s why it’s so hard to knock them out. Hopefully the Kings can pull it off in game 7, but either way full credit to the Hawks for reminding us all why they’ve won the Cup twice recently.

    On second though, ugh again. A seventh game, in Chicago, against those assassins? Ugh.

    • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 12:37 AM

      Series not over. Mentally, the Kings backs were not against the wall. Now they are. They have nothing to lose.

      The problem is the Hawks have been playing the last two games with a sense of urgency and don’t need to “turn it on”. The Kings do and that may be difficult in the beginning of Game 7.

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 31, 2014 at 4:38 AM

      Nice post. There have been a couple dumb posts by Kings fans that I started to respond to, then stopped. Pretty sure a couple veteran Kings fans had the same “non-response”.

      What would be great is is the inexperienced (I’m choosing to be gracious) posters on either side go mute, so that those who have watched over the years, played a few years ago… can exchange during the game that will very likely project the SC winner, regarding actual hockey observations/insights…..

  17. josephdj9 - May 31, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Kings are done. They had a chance but you can stick a fork in em now. Good run guys but up 3-1 champions finish the other team off. Kings did not and they lost because the hawks are better.

    • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      Hawks fan here but I disagree. The Kings can definitely win Sunday. What they need to do, which is what I’ve said all along, is win 55-60% at the dot and impose their style of play for longer, sustained periods of time that the Hawks. When they get pucks deep and force the smaller, faster Hawks defensemen below the goal line, they dominate. But over the past two games, they haven’t been able to do that for long, sustained periods of time.

      Tonight’s face-offs were 31-30 Hawks. The Kings cannot impose their will on the Hawks unless they dominate at the dot and keep possession.

  18. slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    GREAT ,GREAT game from both teams! one part of me wants the series to continue forever because it’s been hockey at it’s best ! the other side of me a HAWKS fan , wants it to be done …my nerves can’t take it !! my son asked me tonight …when your playing a play off game as a player ,do you get all rattled as we do watching. i told him if your in a playoff type game, your biggest worry is not to make the mistake that cost a goal against and maybe the game! other than that is it not as nerve racking as watching something like this series ! let’s keep it going in game 7 HAWKS ! GO HAWKS GO !!

  19. muckleflugga - May 31, 2014 at 2:58 AM

    i think r8rbhawk and canucks30 found each other tonight … do mormons dig-on the boy boy thing

    so much to share, so many intervening miles …?

    i propose pht post a date your cyber-mate blog at least once a week, all this icky sticky love-in should be formally outed

    [ the san diego chargers stole the lightning bolts on the helmets from the winnipeg blue bombers ]

    • r8rbhawk - May 31, 2014 at 3:03 AM

      Easy pickins eh muckle? Tabarnac-le Choir

    • canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 4:40 AM

    • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      Don’t forget me………Although I’m not Mormon.

  20. joey4id - May 31, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Yes siree! The Hawks team must have read my comment, and weren’t too happy with my prediction. :-)

    joey4id – May 30, 2014 at 8:16 PM
    Ok Kings! Now that the Rangers closed off their series and are resting you have added incentive to end this tonight. No reason why it shouldn’t happen on home ice and avoid another trip and time zone change. Quick > Crawford

  21. slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    GO HAWKS GO …………. MAKE IT 14 and 0 !!!!

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