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Chicago @ Los Angeles, series tied 1-1, 8:00 p.m., NBC, CBC, RDS

The Los Angeles Kings return home to face the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final on Saturday night. The Kings are 3-3 at Staples Center this postseason, and have won 17 of their last 24 home playoff games overall dating back to 2012. The Blackhawks have come away with victories in their past two visits to Staples Center (regular-season and playoffs) and have a 2-4 record on the road in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In Game 2, Los Angeles evened the series with a 6-2 win by scoring six unanswered goals, including five in the third period, to even the Western Conference Final at 1-1.

* Andrew Shaw is expected to return to Chicago’s lineup for Game 3. He has not played since Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Minnesota Wild and has four points (2-2—4) in seven games this postseason. Shaw was one of five Blackhawks to score at least 20 goals in the regular-season (20-19—39), reaching the 20-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career. 

* Jeff Carter registered four points (3-1—4) in the third period of Game 2, matching a Stanley Cup Playoffs record and establishing a Kings postseason record for points in one period. Carter (7-9—16) sits second overall in playoff scoring behind teammate Anze Kopitar (5-15—20) and has registered seven points (4-3—7) in his last three games.

The Edmonton Oil Kings advanced to the Memorial Cup Final with a 4-3, triple-overtime win over the Val-d'Or Foreurs. At a total time of 102:42, the game was the longest in Memorial Cup history and ended on a goal by Ottawa Senators prospect Curtis Lazar (selected 17th overall in 2013). Edmonton will now face the Guelph Storm in the championship game on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. ET.

The National Hockey League announced that New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo has been automatically suspended for 10 games as a result of being assessed a Game Misconduct penalty under Rule 40.3 Physical Abuse of Officials -- Category II during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final… The National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced that Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust has been suspended two games for interference with New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final… Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens, Dean Lombardi of the Los Angeles Kings and Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks were announced as the three finalists for the 2013-14 NHL General Manager of the Year Award… The Vancouver Canucks officially introduced Jim Benning as the team’s new General Manager… The San Jose Sharks announced that Larry Robinson has been named Associate Coach and Director of Player Development… The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed Calder Trophy finalist Tyler Johnson to a three-year contract… Game 3 between the Canadiens and Rangers delivered a 6.5 household rating in the New York market, tying for the highest-rated NHL game ever on NBCSN in the New York market (Game 5 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Final between the Rangers and the New Jersey Devils).

Above information provided by the NHL PR department

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