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Cherry's main topic was Chicago's second goal tonight, he claims it should have been icing.
What can you say except bravo HNIC.
With a win tonight, the Chicago Blackhawks will represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Final.
The LA Kings on the other hand have to win 3 in a row, starting tonight to extend the series.
Word is if Chicago wins tonight, the SCF will start Wednesday in Chicago and if there is a game 6 or 7, the SCF will start on Saturday in Boston if LA happens to win the series or Chicago if they win either game 6 or 7.
The game starts tonight just after 8:00pm ET and is on NBC, CBC and RDS.
“I think for the most part the one message that’s really clear from Darryl is we don’t play hockey all the way until June if we’re not going to win. We’re not here to lose. Even though we’re down three-one, we want to win so bad, and we’re determined to come back in this series. It’s going to be tough. There’s no doubt about that. But we believe we can do that, and we didn’t make it this far for nothing.”
-Drew Doughty of the LA Kings after the morning skate today. More on the Kings and Blackhawks from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider.
From borderline hits,to checks to questionable goalie-screening, Dustin Penner was noticeable last night in the Kings' loss.
Video via Sportnet where you can read more on Penner's night.
Round 3 is not over, but here are the top plays from the games so far.
Information compiled by the NHL PR department...
Chicago forward Marian Hossa has scored seven goals this postseason, a League-high six of which have given his team the lead (his other tally was a game-tying goal). Twenty-two of Hossa’s 43 career playoff goals (51.2%) have been go-ahead scores. That is the highest percentage among active players with 40 or more postseason goals and the fourth-highest rate in NHL history (also 40-goal minimum). The top three players in that regard are Stephane Richer (54.7%), Dale Hunter (52.4%) and Mike Modano (51.7%). (Elias)
Hossa ranks second on the Blackhawks with 7-7—14, including two game-winning goals, in 16 games this postseason. He also places fifth among active players with 43-68—111, including 10 game-winning scores, in 146 career playoff games.
Chicago forward Bryan Bickell continued his postseason surge with his eighth goal and first multi-point game of the playoffs (1-1—2). Bickell’s eight goals are tied for second in the League (with teammate Patrick Sharp), while his 11 points rank third on the Blackhawks. He has recorded at least one point in each of the first four games of the Western Conference Final (3-2—5).
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The specifics behind the Kings' 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, their first loss at Staples Center since March 23 and perhaps their final home game this season, were painfully clear.
They made bad line changes that contributed to two goals. Had defensive breakdowns that once were uncharacteristic but have been occurring with more frequency as they drag their tired bodies deeper into the Western Conference finals. Made too many turnovers in the neutral zone, where games are often lost or won.
From a big-picture perspective, there's one overriding reason they could come home from Chicago on Saturday with no games left on their schedule and no chance to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
They're not scoring enough goals or coming up with the won't-be-denied victories in battles along the boards they were winning against St. Louis and San Jose. They maintained their average of two goals per game on Thursday but made enough mistakes to give up three goals to a Blackhawks team that smoothly compensated for the absence of vital but suspended defenseman Duncan Keith.
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