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Ben Smith #28 of the Chicago Blackhawks checks Willie Mitchell #33 of the Los Angeles Kings during Game Seven of the Western Conference Final in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Kings, Blackhawks Game 7 Sets Several Viewership Milestones

Game 7 of the Western Conference finals has set several viewership milestones.

06/03/2014

Mats Zuccarello #36 of the New York Rangers skates with the puck against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre on May 19, 2014 in Montreal, Canada. (credit: Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Rangers’ Zuccarello Puts Norwegian Hockey On The Map With Stanley Cup Debut

Zuccarello is only the seventh player from Norway to make it to the NHL, and he’s the first to make it to the Stanley Cup finals. Now, “Zucca” has Norwegians staying up late to watch New York Rangers games and checking the stats to see if he scored.

06/03/2014

Tyler Toffoli #73 of the Los Angeles Kings jumps on Alec Martinez #27 and teammates after Martinez scored the game winning goal against Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime 5 to 4 to win Game Seven of the Western Conference Final in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Justin Heiman/Getty Images)

10 Things To Watch In Stanley Cup Finals

The Stanley Cup finals will be a coast-to-coast matchup featuring teams within the nation’s largest TV markets: New York and Los Angeles.

06/02/2014

Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti speaks at the 81st annual U.S. Conference of Mayors at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on June 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the conference addressing about 150 mayors from across the country on issues including the economy, immigration reform and gun violence. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Garcetti Looks To Wager With New York Mayor For Stanley Cup: ‘I’m Coming After You, Bill’

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday promised a “doozy” of a hockey bet with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, with the LA Kings posed to take on the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup finals.

06/02/2014

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Capsule Of Stanley Cup Finals With Kings, Rangers

A capsule look at the Stanley Cup between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings.

06/02/2014

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers defends the net against the Montreal Canadiens during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014 in New York City. Rangers defeated the Canadiens 1-0. (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Rangers Get Final Practice In Before Stanley Cup Game 1 Showdown In LA

If there wasn’t already enough pressure on Lundqvist, who has earned a .928 save percentage in the 2014 playoffs, to lead his team to its first championship since 1994, he is now part of the hype machine heading into Game 1 on Wednesday.

06/02/2014

Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks checks Willie Mitchell #33 of the Los Angeles Kings in the third period in Game Six of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

Cup Final Spot Hinges On Game 7 Showdown For Kings, Blackhawks

A wild series between the two most recent champions will come to a close with one final act Sunday, a seventh game in Chicago to decide who will advance to the Stanley Cup finals.

05/31/2014

Tanner Pearson #70 of the Los Angeles Kings and teammates celebrate after Pearson scores an empty net goal in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Four of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Look To Turn Series Against Kings Around

The special teams have been awful. The faceoff circle has been a huge problem. Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp have combined for one goal for the Chicago Blackhawks.

05/27/2014

Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates with teammates Alec Martinez #27, Anze Kopitar #11 and Justin Williams #14 after Doughty scores a second period goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Four of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LA Kings Beat Chicago 5-2, Take 3-1 Series Lead

Jake Muzzin, Marian Gaborik and captain Dustin Brown scored in a dominant first period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference final.

05/26/2014

Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks with the puck against Willie Mitchell #33 of the Los Angeles Kings in the third period in Game Three of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

Kings, Blackhawks Both Strive For Simplicity In Game 4

Darryl Sutter and Joel Quenneville will leave the arguments about etiquette and unwritten rules to the coaches in the Eastern Conference finals.

05/25/2014

Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck against the Los Angeles Kings in Game One of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on May 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Look To Go Up 2-0 On LA Kings

The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings have taken similar paths toward the top, hitting big in the draft and making shrewd moves after rough stretches.

05/20/2014

Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a save against the Los Angeles Kings in the second period of Game One of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on May 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Kings Struggle To Crack Blackhawks Defense In Game 1

Sure, the Chicago Blackhawks have a bunch of veteran forwards who have a history of clutch goals.

05/19/2014

Dwight King #74, Drew Doughty #8, Anze Kopitar #11 and Jake Muzzin #6 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate Kopitar's second period goal against the Anaheim Ducks in Game Seven of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on May 16, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LA Kings Set To Take On Blackhawks For Western Conference Finals

On Friday night, the Los Angeles Kings were in Anaheim for Game 7 of their second-round series against the top-seeded Ducks.

05/17/2014

Patrick Maroon #62 of the Anaheim Ducks is pursued by Alec Martinez #27 of the Los Angeles Kings in Game Five of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on May 12, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (credit:  Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Ducks Acknowledge LA Kings As Tough To Finish Off

The Los Angeles Kings are facing their fifth playoff elimination game of the spring.

05/13/2014

Goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings looks on, as Daniel Winnik (L) #34 and Kyle Palmieri #21 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrate a goal by Nick Bonino (not pictured) in the first period of Game Five of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on May 12, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Ducks Survive Kings 4-3, Take 3-2 Series Lead Over LA

Devante Smith-Pelly scored two goals 1:23 apart in the second period, and the Anaheim Ducks moved to the brink of the Western Conference finals with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 on Monday night.

05/12/2014

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