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WATCH LIVE: Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks (Game 7)

Jun 1, 2014, 7:17 PM EDT

Jonathan Toews, Anze Kopitar AP

While it lacks the soap opera drama from the East, this 2014 Western Conference final series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings is delivering arguably the best hockey of what’s been a mostly superb postseason. It only seems fitting that the two West powerhouses pushed each other to a Game 7.

That decisive contest is rapidly approaching on Sunday night. You can catch the action on NBCSN and also soak it in via the livestream link below.


In the simplest terms, you have the Blackhawks fighting to defend their championship and continue their push to become a rare repeat champion in this era of parity. The Kings aim to avenge their defeat from the 2013 conference finals and avoid giving up a 3-1 series lead in the same year that they stormed back from an 0-3 deficit.

There are a ton of other storylines too, of course. Which goalie will add to his legacy and which one might be questioned (if ever so slightly)? Will Drew Doughty make a bigger impact than Duncan Keith? What should we expect from another round of Jonathan Toews vs. Anze Kopitar? Finally, does Patrick Kane have any magic left after his fabulous work in Games 5 and 6?

In some ways, the Kings are the favorites:

On the other hand, Chicago has momentum and home-ice advantage.

Most importantly, these are two fantastic teams fighting to host the New York Rangers in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. What more can a hockey fan (or sports fan, really) ask for?

  1. bighossa - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Here we go. Let’s go hawks

  2. hrudey - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Ugh, this start was why they needed to finish it off in game 5 when they had the chances or in game 6. It’s not over yet, but it’s not looking good.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      There you go. This not even close to over. As long as it is rubber on ice, it’s not over.

    • steelcity333 - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      I know how you feel. Once the Penguins got to Game 7 vs. New York I knew how that was going to end. Once LA got to game 7 vs. Chicago I had a feeling Chicago would win this game. Although this is because Chicago is so great in moments like this while the Penguins are the opposite. That being said, there’s plenty of time left. LA won’t roll over and die.

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        Unless Chicago perfects a 2 – point goal, LA will be nowhere near out of it.

  3. comeonnowguys - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Buckle in, everyone. 7-6 OT game.

  4. steelcity333 - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Am I the only fan who would rather watch a 1-0, 2-1 slug fest than these 6-5, 7-6 track meets?

  5. kerby720 - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    I would have rather seen the Kings impose their will and have them win 2-1 or something like that. However they point themselves in this situation, so here we are. A win is a win, so I don’t care if it’s 1-0 or 8-7.

    Great game so far though!


    • kerby720 - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:54 PM


  6. dannymac17 - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    i dont know how to gauge this game.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      Quick plays lights out or Sutter is an idiot.

  7. muckleflugga - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:00 PM


    yes, you’re the only one

  8. kerby720 - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    That bounce on Sharp’s goal was ridiculous!! The Kings need the puck to bounce their way at least once.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      We’re complaining about puck luck now? So how about that perfect rebound to Williams? Or that bounce to Carter? C’mon.

      Anyway, Sharp has been Hockey Job this postseason. He has gotten three soft or fluky goals–and that’s about all his favorable breaks he has gotten.

      • kerby720 - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        Eh it happens. Doesn’t matter if the puck bounces a certain way (like Toews goal), if he wasn’t there then its all moot.

        I do hope however that the Kings get more puck luck than the Hawks do for the rest of the game.

  9. slysipops - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    CONGRATS KING FANS !you out played us tonight….. you out-coached us tonight ( not having dead wood on the bench ) …you deserved the win ! good luck with the RANGERS !…… i doubt that you’ll need it ! keep the CUP in the WEST !

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