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Blackhawks ‘will’ their way to Game 7 with Kings

May 31, 2014, 12:32 AM EDT

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It looked not too long ago like the Chicago Blackhawks were done trying to defend their Stanley Cup championship. But, like the old adage states, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

The Blackhawks were down 3-1 in this Western Conference Final against the L.A. Kings. But they won Game 5 in double overtime, then leaned on Patrick Kane to provide the heroics in what was a thrilling third-period comeback win in Game 6 on Friday.

We’re off to Game 7. It’s been a terrific series, but it seems the best has yet to come.

“If you want it bad enough you can will your way to getting things to go your way,” said Blackhawks’ captain Jonathan Toews, as per Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

“I don’t think anything motivates you like having your back against the wall,” Toews added.

The Blackhawks not only trailed in this series, to the point where they’re going to need three wins just to advance, but they fell behind the Kings twice – once in the first period and again in the third. Kane went to work, setting up Duncan Keith for the equalizer before scoring the winner.

The deciding game in this series goes Sunday. Both teams have the experience of long playoff runs and championships. The Blackhawks are Stanley Cup winners from a year ago. The Kings took the silver chalice in 2012.

“We’ve been in this spot a few times and we know how to deal with it,” said Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, as per Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

  1. canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Game 7 heroes are often guys who have been quiet all series.

    Therefore, I’d look for guys like Richards or Sharp to have a big game.

    • pfhockey - May 31, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      Or Jason Williams.

      • yourcubreporter - May 31, 2014 at 12:48 AM

        Or Jonathan Toews…

      • yourcubreporter - May 31, 2014 at 12:48 AM

        Or Marian Hossa…

      • pfhockey - May 31, 2014 at 1:14 AM

        Or Quick…

    • hammerhead5573 - May 31, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      I look to Shaw. The kid is out there for many important goals since he has been on the Hawks. In this game he was right where he always is when Kane scored the eventual game winner.

    • loubearkane - May 31, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      Or Kris Versteeg

  2. canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 12:50 AM


    Former Sacramento Kings point gaurd Jason Williams is going to come out of retirement and step onto the ice for Game 7?

    I think you meant Justin Williams.

    • slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      LOL! he probably was just still under stress ! like the rest of us !

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

      I meant justin. I must admit I have been watching some Jason Williams highlights yesterday. lol

    • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 1:45 AM

      White Chocolate!!!!!!!

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 31, 2014 at 2:20 AM

      That is what is sooo cool about this forum – multiple writers monitor and participate, unlike some other forums, such as Yahoo Sports columnists.

  3. slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    WOW ! ……..WHAT …….A ……..GAME ….!!!!!!! GO YOU BLACKHAWKS !

    • canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 1:56 AM

      Slysipops, we all know you’re blomfeld. We all know you’re a Kings fan. I don’t know what you’re trying to pull but I’m not buying it.

      • slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        @canucks30…lol! look i am a christian , that being said i swear to you ,I am me& myself an I ONLY ..that being slysipops ! i can’t figure why or how you folks figure we are the same person…but it is amusing ! BLOMFELD is younger than me but we have been said to write similarly. maybe it is just something to do with schooling of that era ? he can do things on a computer that i can’t ,so that should be noticeable i would think? i don’t know him in any way, but i do enjoy his humor on this site. we all need to lighten things up a bit some times…he does that quite well ! maybe it’s because i don’t ridicule him that the suspicion arises ?….any way i am me and me only …i promise !

      • blomfeld - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:27 AM

        Slysipops … I’m a Christian too, even though I tend to ‘close rank’ with all faiths and people … nonetheless, the bottom line is that good and decency must ‘always’ carry the day ! … comrade Blomfeld

  4. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    How can you not go with Kane, who has taken this series by the horns. Here is a little history:

    What Hawk scored the GWG to beat the Flyers in Game 6 OT to win the Stanley Cup?
    What Hawk scored the GWG to beat the Kings in Game 5 OT last year to get to the Stanley Cup final?
    What Hawk scored the GWG to even the series with the Blues in Game 4 OT of the first round this year?
    What Hawk scored the GWG to beat the Wild in Game 6 OT of the second round this year?
    What Hawk scored the GWG to even the series with the Kings in Game 6 tonight?

    The only people who can slow down Patrick Kane when he is going like he is are Coach Stache and Michael Handzus.

    • puckluckpost - May 31, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      He’s good!

  5. endusersolutions2013 - May 31, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    For the good of the online sports community and likely beyond, the ‘Hawks HAD to win this game, and the WC finals game 7 due to the unfathomable consequences if the Kings had won. Think about what the effect of the Kings getting back to the SC finals would have had upon Blomfeld (Pro Hockey) and Alex (Yahoo Sports) and their multi-personality clones. Think about the unfathomable proliferation of GKG posts devoid of actual serious hockey content that would have been unleashed?

    Would the internet be able to sustain the bandwidth hits? Would Yahoo and Pro Hockey T have been forced to go to being moderated forums? Would news threads seemingly unrelated to hockey have been deluged with “ultimate superiority of what is clearly the greatest hockey team that has ever existed” posts – China claiming the Pacific Ocean west of Hawaii (for now), Boko Harun massacring ½ of Nigeria, the ERA still getting voted on in states that don’t quite get that the time period for the amendment past decades ago…

    The White house site would likely be taken over unless their cyber-security was infinitely better than their Obamacare site.

    This PROFOUND cyber-threat HAD to be stopped by the only hope left to the beleaguered nation. The Blackhawks thankfully rose to the occasion. Please everyone, extended well wishes and prayers towards the ‘Hawks.

    This Alex/Blomfeld et all threat Has to be stopped before it’s too late!!!!!!!!!!

    • canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      Oh great. ANOTHER blomfeld account

      • endusersolutions2013 - May 31, 2014 at 2:47 AM

        No, actually I’m the guy who challenges him several times a month with actual facts, statistics, actual hockey observations… While I do post periodic links to media, I NEVER post anything Elvis related (I’m a serious part time musician)

        Here’s and actual ON POINT tribute to victors – the warriors who went out, fought off not only the Kings but also their supportive environment.

      • endusersolutions2013 - May 31, 2014 at 3:21 AM

        In case it is not yet obvious that I am not another Blomfeld acct, the champions I’m referring are the actual reigning Stanley Cup holders.

        Seriously, I had a privileged youth. Some might think trust funds, private island summer homes, yachts, bought off law enforcement…

        I’m talking the real deal – my dad took me to see Bobby Hull (and Dennis), Stan M. Eric Nesterenko (a Hawk great who’s seemingly forgotten now by most), Glen Hall and Tony Esposito.

        Hopefully I’ve provided a clear perspective on where my loyalties rest.

      • slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        @endusersolutions2013……join the club ! i too am suspected of being another BLOMFELD ! going by your comment about your father taking you ,as a boy , to see those old HAWK greats , i would guess you to be closer to BLOMS age . i am older than the two of you . i too have met ..BOBBY ..STASH…MAGGY . i have played drop-in with SERGEI KRIVOKRASOV and REED SIMPSON . anyway i guess the youngsters must pick up some similarities in our writing habits ? i guess it’s just nice to know they look at what we write ! good day …….SLYSIPOPS………………the only me ! lol!

      • slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 11:39 AM


      • blomfeld - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:48 AM

        Solutions, Slysipops and others …

        friends, the reason we’re all being ‘connected’ and such is because we’re brothers of a ‘kindred’ spirit … the way it ‘ought’ to be ! :)

  6. muckleflugga - May 31, 2014 at 3:07 AM


    great post and true to the mark, enjoyed that so i did

    canucks30 has been uncommonly lucid as of late, relying less on video and more on hockey opinion, well lubricated with cliché at times but enjoyable and informative

    but talk about proliferate … who the hell does he think he is, joey4id

    go hawks go … praise the lord and pass the ammunition

    but can rangers and the league face a four game blow-out at the hands of the hawks

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 31, 2014 at 3:26 AM

      Based on SC and inter-league history the last 10 years, I strongly suspect that the WC champ will once again be the SC champ.

      And I would not predict a sweep. Rangers have steadily improved while a huge shift in coaching styles/direction/game management occurred.

  7. aldog83 - May 31, 2014 at 3:43 AM

    Doughty has been Amazing the last 2 games.


    Kane is so fast, shifty, & Dangerous!

    Great Series.

    Hope the Kings can pull it off!!!

    And Hoping the Blackhawks feel its over in their house..


    • dannymac17 - May 31, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      13 downvotes from chicago fans. stay classy!

  8. hockeyornothing - May 31, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    We will be smiling in the handshake line on Madison at the Madhouse!

  9. barbaracorry - May 31, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    I am very excited for Sunday’s Game 7. The Blackhawks’ talent and heart showed up in games 5 and 6. I saw a lot of Hawks trying to do their part offensively in game 6. They needed that to keep the Kings on their toes. And now the Hawks head home. I fully expect the Kings to give it their all. I fully expect a great game. If the Blackhawks can pull it off, it will be amazing. I wouldn’t be surprised if it went OT, and it’s sure to be a heart breaker for whomever loses.

  10. toews19 - May 31, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    All I can say is what a series.. really thought that 3rd Kings goal broke our back

    • puckluckpost - May 31, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      The Hawks continue to amaze me. I’m a Boston fan (40+ years). Last year they showed they were a much better team than The Bruins. As I watch these playoffs, I find myself always rooting for a team, without knowing why. Every round I’ve rooted against the Hawks. They are the hardest working grittiest bunch I’ve ever seen WITH talent. Maybe they are too good to lose. After last night, my respect for them, which was already very high, rose about 15 notches. Awesome group of players. That being said… GO KINGS!!! You better be ready.

      • toews19 - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:19 AM

        Haha agree 100% with you man, and the same to the Bruins. A bit of a shame they didn’t make the SCF this year. I found myself pulling for a rematch but that’s the beauty of the playoffs

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