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by Paul on 06/01/14 at 10:09 AM ET
BLACKHAWKS, KINGS VIE FOR WESTERN CONFERENCE SUPREMACY IN GAME 7
The Blackhawks and Kings will try to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final when they meet in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final at United Center. Chicago is 6-5 all-time in Game 7s (5-2 at home), including four consecutive victories at home dating to the 1990 Norris Division Semifinals, while Los Angeles boasts a 6-4 record in Game 7s (4-3 on the road), including three consecutive wins dating to last year’s Western Conference Semifinals.
* Originally down 3-1 in the series, the Blackhawks are looking to overcome that deficit for the second time in franchise history. They are 1-11 all-time in that scenario, but their lone such victory came in last year’s Western Conference Semifinals, when they rallied to beat the Red Wings in Game 7 at United Center on Brent Seabrook’s goal at 3:35 of overtime.
* Only one team in Stanley Cup Playoffs history has overcome a 3-1 series deficit in the Conference Finals: the Devils in the 2000 Eastern Conference Final vs. PHI.
* The Blackhawks also could become the first team in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to successfully overcome a 3-1 series deficit in consecutive postseasons.
* Games 5 and 6 of the Western Conference Final have seen Chicago rally from a pair of third-period deficits. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blackhawks are the fourth team in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to win consecutive elimination games when trailing in the third period. The others: the 1985 Sabres vs. QUE in Games 3 and 4 of DSF; the 2001 Penguins vs. BUF in Games 6 and 7 of CSF; and the 2011 Red Wings vs. SJ in Games 5 and 6 of CSF.
* Overall, Games 5 and 6 have featured five lead changes, 16 goals and 143 shots on goal.
* The Blackhawks are 13-0 in Games 5-7 of a series over the last two postseasons, including a 5-0 mark when facing elimination. They also are 9-2 in their last 11 games when facing elimination (dating to 2011). Corey Crawford has started each of those 11 contests; his .818 winning percentage in elimination games is the highest of any goaltender in Stanley Cup Playoffs history (minimum, 10 GP).
* Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has 99 career postseason victories, fourth in NHL history. His 57 such wins with Chicago are tied for first in franchise history (with Billy Reay).
* The Kings are 6-0 in elimination games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a pair of Game 7 victories: in the First Round at SJ (5-1) and in the Second Round at ANA (6-2). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two other teams in NHL history have won six or more elimination games in a single postseason: the 1975 Islanders (8) and 2003 Wild (6).
* In the First Round vs. SJ, the Kings became the fourth team in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit. After being outscored 17-8 in the first three games of the series, Los Angeles posted an 18-5 goals advantage over the final four contests.
* The Kings are just the sixth team in NHL history to register two Game 7 road victories in one playoff year. The others: the 1971 Canadiens (at BOS and CHI), 2003 Wild (at COL and VAN), 2009 Hurricanes (at NJ and BOS), 2009 Penguins (at WSH and DET) and 2010 Canadiens (at WSH and PIT). No team has won three Game 7s on the road in a single postseason.
* The Kings are the third team in NHL history to play the maximum 21 games through the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (and first to play all three Game 7s on the road). The others: the 1993 Maple Leafs and 2002 Avalanche, who both lost Game 7 in the Conference Finals.
* The Kings have a combined 77 games of Game 7 experience, with a record of 70-7.
* Kings forwards Marian Gaborik, Mike Richards and Justin Williams all boast perfect 6-0 marks in Game 7s. Williams has 6-6—12 in his contests and is tied for second in NHL history in both goals and points in Game 7s. Only Glenn Anderson (7) has scored more such goals, while Doug Gilmour (13) holds the NHL record for points in Game 7s.
* Goaltender Jonathan Quick is 6-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average, .957 save percentage and one shutout in the six games in which the Kings have faced elimination this postseason. He has allowed one or fewer goals in four of those six contests. Quick also is 3-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and .957 save percentage in three career Game 7s.
* Kings head coach Darryl Sutter is 6-3 all-time in Game 7s, tied for the NHL record in wins with Scotty Bowman and Pat Burns. Sutter also will equal a Stanley Cup Playoffs record by coaching his 10th career Game 7 (a distinction shared with Claude Julien and Mike Keenan).
* This marks the second Conference Finals series to go the distance since 2007. The other: the 2011 Eastern Conference Final, in which the Bruins defeated the Lightning 1-0 in Game 7 en route to capturing the Stanley Cup. Prior to 2007, at least one Conference Finals series required a Game 7 in four consecutive postseasons, with the winning team ultimately hoisting the Stanley Cup in each instance (2002 Red Wings, 2003 Devils, 2004 Lightning, 2006 Hurricanes).
Other Game 7 Notes
* This marks the seventh Game 7 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, tying the single-year postseason record set in 1994 and matched in 2011.
* Home teams are 91-64 (.587) all-time in Game 7s, but just 1-5 in 2014.
* Teams that score first are 115-40 (.742) all-time in Game 7s, including a 4-2 mark in 2014.
* Thirty-eight Game 7s have required overtime (38-of-155, 24.5%). Home and road teams both are 19-19.
Franchise Game 7 Results
Chicago Blackhawks (6-5)
5/29/13, Western Conference SF vs. Detroit (DET 1 at CHI 2, OT)
4/26/11, Western Conference QF vs. Vancouver (CHI 1 at VAN 2, OT)
5/19/95, Western Conference QF vs. Toronto (TOR 2 at CHI 5)
4/30/90, Norris Division F vs. St. Louis (STL 2 at CHI 8)
4/16/90, Norris Division SF vs. Minnesota (MIN 2 at CHI 5)
5/18/71, Stanley Cup Final vs. Montreal (MTL 3 at CHI 2)
5/2/71, Semifinal vs. NY Rangers (NYR 2 at CHI 4)
5/1/65, Stanley Cup Final vs. Montreal (CHI 0 at MTL 4)
4/15/65, Semifinal vs. Detroit (CHI 4 at DET 2)
4/9/64, Semifinal vs. Detroit (DET 4 at CHI 2)
4/7/53, Semifinal vs. Montreal (CHI 1 at MTL 4)
Los Angeles Kings (6-4)
5/16/14, Western Conference Second Round vs. Anaheim (LA 6 at ANA 2)
4/30/14, Western Conference First Round vs. San Jose (LA 5 at SJ 1)
5/28/13, Western Conference SF vs. San Jose (SJ 1 at LA 2)
4/29/02, Western Conference QF vs. Colorado (LA 0 at COL 4)
5/9/01, Western Conference SF vs. Colorado (LA 1 at COL 5)
5/29/93, Western Conference Final vs. Toronto (LA 5 at TOR 4)
4/15/89, Smythe Division SF vs. Edmonton (EDM 3 at LA 6)
4/25/76, Quarterfinals vs. Boston (LA 0 at BOS 3)
4/13/69, Quarterfinals vs. Oakland (LA 5 at OAK 3)
4/18/68, Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota (MIN 9 at LA 4)
RECAPPING THE NHL COMBINE
117 prospects attended the 2014 NHL Combine, which concluded on Saturday with fitness testing. Click here for a recap.
The top 10 results from the fitness testing also are available at centralscouting.nhl.com.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Los Angeles @ Chicago, Game 7, series tied 3-3, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
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