Yet Another Game Seven for the Kings

As the Eastern Conference Champion New York Rangers sit and wait and wonder, the past two Stanley Cup Champions, the Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks, ponder and prepare for tomorrow night’s seventh game of the Western Conference Championship Series. A victory tomorrow night would give the Kings the distinction of being the first team ever to win three game sevens on their way to earning a spot in the finals.

Down three games to one, Chicago has won the last two against the Kings, just as they did in the Conference finals last year against Detroit, before taking the Conference title in

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overtime in game seven. The resurgent Patrick Kane has led this year's Blackhawks' comeback, with five assists and two goals in the last two games, after scoring a single point over the first four games. Kane, who scored 29 goals and collected 40 assists during the regular season despite missing more than a dozen games with injuries, is the hot guy now as he often has been in big games for the Blackhawks through his career. All he did in game six was assist on the
tying goal and then score the game winner, his second goal of the game, with less than four minutes left on the clock.

For the Kings, their fate really depends on which Jonathan Quick shows up. In the Kings’ 11 playoff wins, Quick has allowed 1.61 goals per game, but in the team’s nine loses, he’s allowed almost three times as many goals, 4.11, per game.

There are more stats as well that do not bode well for the Kings. Chicago has lost only one postseason home game so far, and over the past two postseasons, they are 13-0 in games five, six and seven. But, the Kings’ game seven wins against both San Jose and the Ducks were both on the road, so it looks like there are two immoveable objects about to collide tomorrow night in Chicago.

Meanwhile, the Rangers sit and wonder as they await the start of their first Stanley Cup finals in 20 years.

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