Western Conference finals - Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings

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The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings waited 38 years to face each other in the playoffs, until last year’s conference final win for Chicago in five games. Now, they’re facing each other for the second time in two seasons. - Greg Wyshynski

Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) battles Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) battles Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) battles Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) keeps Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) from scoring during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) keeps Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) from scoring during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) keeps Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) from scoring during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (11) during the second period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (11) during the second period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (11) during the second period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50), right, saves a shot by Los Angeles Kings' Jarret Stoll (28) during the first period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50), right, saves a shot by Los Angeles Kings' Jarret Stoll (28) during the first period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50), right, saves a shot by Los Angeles Kings' Jarret Stoll (28) during the first period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20), Marian Hossa (81) and Kris Versteeg (23) celebrate Saad's goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) as Jeff Schultz (55) skates away during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20), Marian Hossa (81) and Kris Versteeg (23) celebrate Saad's goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) as Jeff Schultz (55) skates away during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20), Marian Hossa (81) and Kris Versteeg (23) celebrate Saad's goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) as Jeff Schultz (55) skates away during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli, right, scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli, right, scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli, right, scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) battles Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) battles Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) battles Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) keeps Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) from scoring during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) keeps Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) from scoring during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) keeps Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) from scoring during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (11) during the second period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (11) during the second period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (11) during the second period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50), right, saves a shot by Los Angeles Kings' Jarret Stoll (28) during the first period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50), right, saves a shot by Los Angeles Kings' Jarret Stoll (28) during the first period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50), right, saves a shot by Los Angeles Kings' Jarret Stoll (28) during the first period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20), Marian Hossa (81) and Kris Versteeg (23) celebrate Saad's goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) as Jeff Schultz (55) skates away during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20), Marian Hossa (81) and Kris Versteeg (23) celebrate Saad's goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) as Jeff Schultz (55) skates away during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20), Marian Hossa (81) and Kris Versteeg (23) celebrate Saad's goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) as Jeff Schultz (55) skates away during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli, right, scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli, right, scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli, right, scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) battles Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) battles Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) battles Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) keeps Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) from scoring during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) keeps Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) from scoring during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) keeps Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) from scoring during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (11) during the second period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (11) during the second period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (11) during the second period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50), right, saves a shot by Los Angeles Kings' Jarret Stoll (28) during the first period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50), right, saves a shot by Los Angeles Kings' Jarret Stoll (28) during the first period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50), right, saves a shot by Los Angeles Kings' Jarret Stoll (28) during the first period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20), Marian Hossa (81) and Kris Versteeg (23) celebrate Saad's goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) as Jeff Schultz (55) skates away during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20), Marian Hossa (81) and Kris Versteeg (23) celebrate Saad's goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) as Jeff Schultz (55) skates away during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20), Marian Hossa (81) and Kris Versteeg (23) celebrate Saad's goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) as Jeff Schultz (55) skates away during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli, right, scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli, right, scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli, right, scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (11) during the second period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (11) during the second period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (11) during the second period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50), right, saves a shot by Los Angeles Kings' Jarret Stoll (28) during the first period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50), right, saves a shot by Los Angeles Kings' Jarret Stoll (28) during the first period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50), right, saves a shot by Los Angeles Kings' Jarret Stoll (28) during the first period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20), Marian Hossa (81) and Kris Versteeg (23) celebrate Saad's goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) as Jeff Schultz (55) skates away during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20), Marian Hossa (81) and Kris Versteeg (23) celebrate Saad's goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) as Jeff Schultz (55) skates away during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20), Marian Hossa (81) and Kris Versteeg (23) celebrate Saad's goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) as Jeff Schultz (55) skates away during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli, right, scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli, right, scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli, right, scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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