NHL Playoffs

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

Teemu Selanne #8 of the Anaheim Ducks is introduced prior to the start of the game against the New York Rangers at Honda Center on October 10, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Ousted Ducks Begin Future Without Selanne

While the Anaheim Ducks packed up for the summer, Teemu Selanne already was off enjoying his first few days of retirement.

05/19/2014

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

Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings defends against Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks 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: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Kings Fall To Blackhawks 3-1 In Game 1 Of Western Conference Finals

The Los Angeles Kings fell to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday, 3-1.

05/18/2014

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

Antti Raanta #31 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a save against Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center on December 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

SCHEDULE: NHL Western Conf. Finals Between Kings-Blackhawks Begins Sunday In Chicago

The Los Angeles Kings will face the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday for game 1 of the Western Conference Finals

05/16/2014

Johnny Oduya #27 of the Chicago Blackhawks checks Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings near the side boards in the first period of Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 2, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kings’ Western Conference Finals Tickets Go On Sale Tue. April 20

The first opportunity for Kings fans to buy playoff tickets for the Western Conference Final postseason games at STAPLES Center begins this Tuesday, the Kings announced tonight.

05/16/2014

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

John Gibson #36 and Cam Fowler #4 of the Anaheim Ducks prepare to make a save in front of Jarret Stoll #28 of the Los Angeles Kings during the second period in Game Four of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Ducks won 2-0. (credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

Gibson To Return To Net For Ducks In Game 5 Vs LA Kings

When John Gibson flew across the continent from Newfoundland a few days ago, he knew there was a good chance he would make his NHL postseason debut shortly after he finally landed in Southern California.

05/11/2014

Anaheim Ducks v Los Angeles Kings - Game Four

Ducks Blank Kings 2-0 To Even Series 2-2

John Gibson made 28 saves in his dynamic NHL playoff debut, captain Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, and the Anaheim Ducks evened their second-round playoff series with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 on Saturday night.

05/10/2014

Anaheim Ducks v Los Angeles Kings - Game Three

Selanne Lifts Ducks Past Kings 3-2 In Game 3, LA Still Leads Series At 2-1

Teemu Selanne scored the tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, Corey Perry got his first goal of the series, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Kings 3-2 on Thursday night to trim Los Angeles’ series lead to 2-1.

05/08/2014

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