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‘I think this series deserves a Game 7,’ says Blackhawks’ Hjalmarsson

May 31, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

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It’s a winner-take-all scenario to decide the Western Conference.

The Chicago Blackhawks host the L.A. Kings in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday, after the Blackhawks pushed the series to its ultimate conclusion with a win in Game 6 on Friday. It’s also the ultimate conclusion to a very entertaining series that has seen Chicago come back from a three-games-to-one deficit.

“I’m excited we’re home. I’m really excited we’re playing Game 7. It’s a good opportunity,” Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville told reporters. “We got momentum, so let’s go. It’s one game, but there’s a lot at stake. I’m sure the guys are going to have a lot of fun with it.”

Regardless of which team has momentum or which doesn’t, it’s still a battle between two teams that have clearly set the standard in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks could earn their third Stanley Cup Final berth in the last five years. The Kings went to the final and won the Stanley Cup in 2012.

The Blackhawks and Kings have combined to win three of the last four Stanley Cup championships. The New York Rangers, champs in the Eastern Conference, await the winner.

“I think this series deserves a Game 7,” Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson told the Chicago Tribune. “I think that the crowd deserves it too. I think it’s going to be a great finish to a great series. Hopefully we’ll be the winner.”

Of course, the Kings will likely have something to say about that.

  1. blomfeld - May 31, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    “Of course, the Kings will likely have something to say about that” …

    Hej Hjalmarsson … som Gud är mitt vittne, du Chicago Blackhawks kommer att bli “förstörd” imorgon natt, och “bra” kommer att segra, precis som det alltid borde … “Tidigare” kamrat Blomfeld

    • bruceboudreauchokejob - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      Isn’t google translate great? They came up with it for tools like you.

      • blomfeld - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:01 AM

        meet a ‘beautiful’ Swedish woman as I did back in the summer of ’79 and then throw ‘all caution to the wind’ by following her back to her native Sweden, eventually becoming a Swedish citizen in the process … until you’ve done this my friend, then all I can do is ‘refer’ you back to the sewer systems of Chicago … God speed … comrade Blomfeld

  2. tapefolie - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Can’t wait, great series even though I’m a Wings/Yotes fan

  3. goirishgo - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    These teams have undoubtedly set the standard for the Western Conference but by winning three of the last four cups they’ve really set the standard for the league.

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