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Tuesday
May272014

Early Outburst Leads Kings to 3-1 Series Lead

Harry How/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) -- After coming from behind in each of the last two games, Los Angeles scored four straight goals to beat Chicago 5-2 and take a 3-1 series lead Monday night. The Kings, who rallied from 3-0 and 3-1 deficits in their previous matchups, are now one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in three years.

Los Angeles scored three goals in the first period, including power play goals from Jake Muzzin and Dustin Brown to take control over the defending Stanley Cup champions. Drew Doughty then added a fourth goal to the barrage just under 13 minutes into the second frame.

"To come into every game with that confidence, to have that mojo that you can win every game, that's the difference," said Marion Gaborik, who scored his 10th goal of the playoffs in the first. "It's great to come to a team like this and be part of a winning culture."

The Blackhawks scored two goals, closing the gap to 4-2 halfway through the third, but Jonathan Quick was strong in net and Tanner Pearson added an empty-net goal late to seal the win. Quick finished with 22 saves in the game while four players had multi-point efforts.

Los Angeles defeated the Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals back in 2012 before winning their only Stanley Cup trophy. Game 5 will be played Wednesday in Chicago.


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Thursday
May222014

Carter's Hat Trick Helps Kings Even Series with Blackhawks 

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Another day, another comeback playoff win for the Los Angeles Kings.

Jeff Carter netted a hat trick as the Kings rallied to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 on Wednesday night to even the NHL Western Conference final at a game apiece.

Tyler Toffoli and Jake Muzzin each added goals in the Kings' five-goal third period to help Los Angeles become the first road team to win in Chicago this postseason.

The Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Carter helped ensure it would go on to be a difficult night for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

"Just sticking with what we need to do," Carter said. "You know, we got a good group of leaders in our room. We've been through comebacks and whatnot a lot lately. Obviously, not something we want to do. But we stick with it, grind it out, get the job done."

Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the Kings, including a stop on Brent Seabrook with the Blackhawks going for a 3-0 lead in the second period.

Nick Leddy and Ben Smith scored goals for the Blackhawks, who won 3-1 in Game 1.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series will be played on Saturday night in Los Angeles.


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Monday
May192014

Crawford Leads Blackhawks to 1-0 Series Lead

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) -- Duncan Keith scored the go-ahead goal twelve minutes into the second period, and Corey Crawford made 25 saves as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated Los Angeles, 3-1 on Sunday. The win gave the defending champs a 1-0 series lead. 

"I think (he) just keeps getting better and better," said teammate Jonathan Toews. "As a team we have to give raising our level of play as the stage gets bigger and bigger. I think if anyone is doing that, it's (him)."

The Chicago netminder leads the NHL with a 1.90 goals against average and a .933 save percentage during the postseason. Crawford has allowed just one goal in each of his last three games.

Chicago opened the scoring on Brandon Saad's power play goal late in the first and looked to have a 2-0 lead after the puck trickled into the back of the net off the skate of Kings' defenseman Slava Voynov. However, upon video review, officials ruled that Toews made incidental contact with goalkeeper Jonathan Quick and waved off the goal.

That allowed Tyler Toffoli a chance to things up five minutes into the second period. As LA looked to take a lead, Crawford came up with multiple big saves before Keith netted his third of the playoffs. Toews would add another goal in the third to give the Blackhawks a two-goal advantage.

Quick made just 17 saves in the loss, even though his team outshot the Hawks 26-20. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks improved to 7-0 at home in the playoffs. Game 2 is set for Wednesday night in Chicago.


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Wednesday
May142014

Kane's OT Goal Vaults Blackhawks into Western Conference Finals

Bruce Kluckhohn/National Hockey League/Getty Images(ST. PAUL, Minn.) --  Patrick Kane lives for the dramatic moments.

Kane scored the game-winning goal 9:42 into overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in Game 6 on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference finals.

"He's a special player, and guys have that instinct, have that knack of finding pucks, wanting to be out there, wanting to score," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Kris Versteeg scored 1:58 into the first period to set the tone for Chicago.  Corey Crawford made 34 saves, but in the end, the story was all about Kane's heroics.

"We probably didn't play our best tonight, but just finding a way to win is something this team has done for many years now," Kane said. The 25-year-old now has four playoff overtime game-winning goals in his career.

Erik Haula scored a goal during the second period to tie the game at 1, but it wasn't enough as the Wild were eliminated from the playoffs.

"We really believe that we were capable of doing more than just winning this game," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "Our guys did everything that we asked and they laid it on the line, and that's what hurts."

The Blackhawks will face either the Anaheim Ducks or the Los Angeles Kings in the next round.


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Tuesday
May132014

Scoreboard Roundup - 5/13/14

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) -- NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Second Round: New York Rangers 2 – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Rangers win series, 4-3)

Western Conference Secound Round:  Chicago Blackhawks 2 - Minnesota Wild 1 OT (Blackhawks win series, 4-2)

NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals: Washington Wizards 102 – Indiana Pacers 79 (Pacers lead series, 3-2)

Western Conference Semifinals:  Oklahoma City Thunder 105 - Los Angeles Clippers 104 (Thunder lead series, 3-2)

MLB: Detroit Tigers 4 (23-12) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (20-17)

Los Angeles Angels 4 (20-18) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (17-20)

Toronto Blue Jays 5 (20-20) – Cleveland Indians 4 (18-21)

San Diego Padres 2 (19-21) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (17-20)

Houston Astros 8 (13-27) - Texas Rangers 0 (20-20)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (25-14) - Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (16-22)

Minnesota Twins 8 (18-19) - Boston Red Sox 6 (19-19)

Kansas City Royals 5 (19-19) - Colorado Rockies 1 (23-18)

New York Mets 12 (19-19) - New York Yankees 7 (19-19)

Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (16-26) - Washington Nationals 1 (20-19)

St. Louis Cardinals 4 (20-20) - Chicago Cubs 3 (13-25) 12 Innings

Oakland Athletics 11 (25-15) - Chicago White Sox 0 (19-22)

Tampa Bay Rays 2 (17-23) - Seattle Mariners 1 (20-19)

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (22-19) - Miami Marlins 1 (20-20)

Atlanta Braves 5 (22-16) - San Francisco Giants 0 (25-15)


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Monday
May122014

Toews Lifts Blackhawks Over Wild to Take 3-2 Series Lead

Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Jonathan Toews knocks a bouncing puck past Ilya Bryzgalov early in the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks the lead for good as they beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Sunday, in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinal.

Chicago now leads the series 3-2.

Wild winger Erik Haula got the scoring started in the first period when he scored on his own rebound. The score stayed that way until the second period when Hawks winger Bryan Bickell scored his sixth goal of the season, this one on the power-play, to tie the game at two. It stayed that way until Toews scored the eventual game-winner in the third.

"The whole game, the whole series has been very tight," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "Still not a lot of room and space, but that's what we've got to fight through. I thought we showed more determination in the puck area tonight."

Though it was stil tough to get pucks past Bryzgalov. He made 26 saves in the loss.

Corey Crawford stopped 27 for Chicago, which can now wrap up the series Tuesday night in Minnesota.

"We just need a better effort," Wild winger Zach Parise said. "Not that it was terrible. I mean, we had our chance to win at the end of the game. We did some things really well. But I think we can be better, and we know we can be better."

The fact that Game 6 is in Minnesota makes that statement sound even better. The Wild have yet to lose at the Xcel Energy Center this postseason.

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Sunday
May112014

Scoreboard Roundup - 5/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Clippers 101 - Oklahoma City Thunder 99 (Series tied, 2-2)

Indiana Pacers 95 - Washington Wizards 92 (Pacers lead series, 3-1)

NHL Playoffs: New York Rangers 3 - Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Series tied, 3-3)

Chicago Blackhawks 2 - Minnesota Wild 1 (Blackhawks lead series, 3-2)

MLB: Minnesota Twins 4 (17-19) - Detroit Tigers 3 (21-12)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 9 (19-17) - Toronto Blue Jays 3 (18-20) 

Atlanta Braves 5 (21-15) - Chicago Cubs 2 (12-24)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (17-19) - Colorado Rockies 1 (23-17)

Houston Astros 4 (12-26) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (20-15)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (15-25) - Chicago White Sox 1 (19-20)

Cleveland Indians 6 (18-20) - Tampa Bay Rays 5 (16-22)

Boston Red Sox 5 (19-18) - Texas Rangers 2 (19-19)

Milwaukee Brewers 6 (24-14) - New York Yankees 5 (19-17)

New York Mets 5 (17-19) - Philadelphia Phillies 4 (17-19) - 11 Innings

Oakland Athletics 9 (23-15) - Washington Nationals 1 (19-18) 

Kansas City Royals 9 (18-19) - Seattle Mariners 7 (19-18)

San Diego Padres 5 (18-21) - Miami Marlins 4 (20-18)

San Francisco Giants 7 (24-14) - Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (20-19) - 10 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 6 (19-19) - Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (16-21)

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Friday
May092014

Scoreboard Roundup - 5/9/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NHL Playoffs - Eastern Conference Second Round: New York Rangers 5 - Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Penguins lead series, 3-2)

Minnesota Wild 4 - Chicago Blackhawks 2 (Blackhawks lead series, 2-1)

NBA Playoffs - Eastern Conference Second Round: Indiana Pacers 85 - Washington Wizards 63 (Pacers lead series 2-1)

Oklahoma City Thunder 118 - Los Angeles Clippers 112 (Thunder lead series, 2-1)

MLB: Baltimore Orioles 4 (19-14) - Houston Astros 3 (11-25)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (16-18) - Colorado Rockies 3 (22-16)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4 (17-17) - Toronto Blue Jays 3 (18-18)

Minnesota Twins 2 (16-18) - Detroit Tigers 1 (20-11)

Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (15-20) - St. Louis Cardinals 4 (18-18)

Chicago White Sox 9 (19-18) - Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (13-25)

Atlanta Braves 3 (19-15) - Chicago Cubs 2 (12-22) 10 Innings

Texas Rangers 8 (19-17) - Boston Red Sox 0 (17-18)

New York Yankees 5 (19-15) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (22-14)

Cleveland Indians 6 (17-19) - Tampa Bay Rays 3 (15-21)

San Diego Padres 10 (16-21) - Miami Marlins 1 (20-16)

Kansas City Royals 6 (17-18) - Seattle Mariners 1 (18-17)

Oakland Athletics 8 (21-15) - Washington Nationals 0 (19-16)

San Francisco Giants 3 (23-13) - Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (19-18)

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Sunday
May042014

Scoreboard Roundup 5/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs: Brooklyn Nets 104 - Toronto Raptors 103 (Nets Win Series, 4-3)

San Antonio Spurs 119 - Dallas Mavericks 96 (Spurs Win Series, 4-3)

NHL Playoffs: Chicago Blackhawks 4 - Minnesota Wild 1 (Chicago Leads Series, 2-0)

Pittsburgh Penguins 3 - New York Rangers 0 (Series Tied, 1-1)

MLB: Chicago White Sox 4 (15-17) - Cleveland Indians 3 (13-18)

Miami Marlins 5 (16-15) - Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (18-14) 

Tampa Bay Rays 5 (15-17) - New York Yankees 1 (16-14)

Toronto Blue Jays 7 (14-17) - Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (12-19)

Oakland Athletics 3 (19-12) - Boston Red Sox 2 (15-17) - 10 Innings

Detroit Tigers 9 (17-9) - Kansas City Royals 4 (14-16)

Minnesota Twins 5 (14-15) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (15-14)

San Francisco Giants 4 (20-11) - Atlanta Braves 1 (17-13)

Philadelphia Phillies 1 (15-14) - Washington Nationals 0 (17-14)

Seattle Mariners 8 (14-15) - Houston Astros 7 (10-21)

Texas Rangers 14 (17-14) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (15-15)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (15-16) - Milwaukee Brewers 3 (21-11) - 10 Innings

San Diego Padres 4 (14-18) - Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (11-23)

New York Mets 5 (16-14) - Colorado Rockies 1 (19-14)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (16-16) - Chicago Cubs 4 (11-18)

NASCAR: Denny Hamlin took home the checkered flag at Talladega Superspeedway.

Golf: B.J. Holmes won the Wells Fargo Championship by one shot over Jim Furyk.

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Sunday
May042014

Blackhawks Roll Past Wild, 4-1, Take 2-0 Series Lead

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Bryan Bickell led the Chicago Blackhawks past the Minnesota Wild in their 4-1 victory on Sunday.

Chicago now has a 2-0 series lead and Bickell scored a goal and had two assists in the victory.

"There were bits of that third where it wasn't looking good, but we just stuck with it," Bickell said. "Leave it to our D and Crawford to keep the puck out of the net. We need to be smarter defensively in positioning, but we stuck with it and got over the hump."

The Blackhawks were up 2-0 going into the third period, but Cody McCormick scored early in the period to make it 2-1.

Bickell's goal came with 2:45 left in the period and Brandon Saad scored on the empty net to seal the victory for Chicago.

"We weren't that far off," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "Even though, again, I know we can play better. We weren't that far off. That game was hanging for us."

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford made 18 saves in the win.

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