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Stanley Cup Playoffs

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

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

5 Reasons Why You Should Become A Hockey Fan NOW

Of the four major professional sports leagues in the US, the NHL gets the least amount of coverage in the media, with fans and on television. With the Eastern and Western Conference Finals both going to Game 6, now is a perfect time to start watching hockey and here are 5 reasons why.

05/29/2014

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

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

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

Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings is pursued by Cam Fowler #4 and Devante Smith-Pelly #77 of the Anaheim Ducks in Game One of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on May 3, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Kopitar Leads Kings’ Dominance Over Ducks Early In Series

Anze Kopitar politely disagrees with the idea that the Los Angeles Kings’ top line has dominated the Anaheim Ducks’ best scorers in their second-round playoff series.

05/06/2014

Alec Martinez #27 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his goal wth Jeff Carter #77 to take a 2-1 lead over the Anaheim Ducks during the first peirod in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on May 5, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

LA Kings Shut Down Ducks 3-1, Take 2-0 Series Lead

Jonathan Quick made 36 saves, Marian Gaborik scored his third goal in two games, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round series.

05/05/2014

Jarret Stoll #28 of the Los Angeles Kings gets his stick caught in the skate of Saku Koivu #11 of the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of Game One of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on May 3, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Kings, Ducks Both Look To Build On Game 1 Thriller

The width of Alec Martinez’s shin guard was the difference between the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks in their playoff series opener.

05/04/2014

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