May 30, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period in game six of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Royal Flush: Blackhawks Won't Abdicate, Take Kings To Limit

The Los Angeles Kings had a great, and maybe their best, chance to overthrow the reigning NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks tonight on home ice. But they didn’t.

This was a door they most certainly did not want to leave open, as things will now become much more difficult for them with the resulting road Game 7.

As for Game 6, it went back and forth all night.

Dwight King opened the scoring in the 1st for his namesake squad with a low wrister past ‘Hawks’ goalie Corey Crawford. But less than three minutes into the 2nd Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Ben Smith tallied a mere 1:37 apart to give the visitors the lead.

Kings’ defenseman Drew Doughty tied the score a quarter way through the 3rd, and then just over two minutes later assisted on Alec Martinez’s power play marker that gave L.A. the lead.

With 11:34 left in regulation the ‘Hawk’s Duncan Keith deadlocked the contest once again on a dazzling backhand pass from Patrick Kane.

Kane himself then sent the series back to the Windy City with his 8th playoff goal and second of the evening 16:15 into the final session.

The talented Blackhawks have proved throughout this entire postseason that they’re in no way resting on their laurels or rings.

After bouncing the favored Blues and taming the Wild, the ‘Hawks have shown that there is clearly no 2014 Cup Hangover on the shores of Lake Michigan.

And it stands to reason that they will be more than ready for a Game 7 battle in front of the home crowd.

As for Los Angeles, the Kings have fought their way through two tough series, including an amazing 0-3 comeback against San Jose. And now they must win one more road game to advance past their long-time Western Conference foes.

One way or the other, this series between Original 12 teams will be decided Sunday night in Illinois.

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  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    The Hawks played a great game #6. This was a great team effort! And Crawford was as Sharp as a Samurai Sword as I predicted he would need 2B and wow, he’s getting stronger and stronger.. Strong confidence and lots of momentum heading back 2Chicago!

    • Chris Gay

      Great to hear from you, Mr. Brodnax. It’d been a few articles since I’ve written on Blackhawks-Kings, and I was glad to get back to this series. I think that whichever team wins the Western Conference will drink from Lord Stanley’s Cup. And with Chicago being the home team for Game 7, I think that gives your ‘Hawks the advantage. Can’t wait to for that game Sunday!

      • Lloyd A Brodnax

        Hey Chris.. Glad 2B back. Appreciated the article so had to load up on keep em coming! Yes, I would agree with U. The WCF winner may end up with the Cup and no disrespect to the Rangers but that’s just the vibe I have. But Game 7 @ the Madhouse for SCF. Go Hawks!

        • Chris Gay

          Glad to hear it! Though anything can happen in a Game 7, The edge does lean toward the Blackhawks. As for the Cup Finals, the only real chance the Rangers have versus either the ‘Hawks or the Kings depends on Henrik Lundqvist. It’s just my opinion, but I think the eventual Stanley Cup Champion will be decided tomorrow night out there in Midwest.

  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    That Discovery line of Saad, Kane, & Shaw was awesome and then Keith jumping in and Goal! Way2Go Hawks!