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Chris Kuc: Blackhawks force a Game 7 at the United Center

The triumph was the Hawks’ second consecutive in the series when facing elimination and tied the best-of-seven slate at 3-3 with Game 7 scheduled for Sunday night at the United Center.

Shannon Ryan: Corey Crawford back up; won’t back down

After four straight games in which he gave up 17 goals, the worst stretch of his NHL career, Crawford was sturdy in a potential elimination game as the Hawks led 2-1 heading into the third.

Shannon Ryan: Blackhawks finally end power-play drought

The Hawks hadn’t scored on a power play away from the United Center since the first game of the playoffs against the Blues on April 17 in St. Louis, going 0-for-24 before Kane’s goal.


Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks rally to force a Game 7; Patrick Kane notches game-winner

They might be up against a team every bit as good — if not better — than they are. But they don’t do moral victories.

Rick Morrissey: Blackhawks are far from done

Kane scored the game-winner with 3 minutes, 45 seconds left. You’ve read this story before, but this is a different version. Kane, who scores big goals like some people breathe, beat Jonathan Quick to force Game 7.

Mark Postash: Patrick Kane’s right touch at right time is nothing new

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kane is the first player since the Vancouver Canucks’ Cliff Ronning in 1992 with three or more points in back-to-back elimination games.

Tracey Myers: Headin’ home happy: Kane lifts Blackhawks over Kings in Game 6

It looked like they were going to wrap this one up at Staples Center for a while. But after losing the lead early in the third, the Blackhawks got it back in the waning minutes.

Tracey Myers: Calm, cool and collected: Hawks felt no panic in Game 6 win

For the Chicago Blackhawks, there was no panic, no freaking out. There was also no deviating from their course. They liked how they were playing, save a gaffe or two, and knew they could pull it out.

Scott Burnside: Hawks chip away at Kings’ mythology

For the second game in a row, the Kings could not hold a third-period lead.

Scott Powers: Kane clutch again for Blackhawks

Yes, the winning goal was just the ribbon on the basket of goods Kane gave the Blackhawks on Friday.

Scott Powers: Hawks battle back again to even series

The Blackhawks have gotten to where they are now by handling a large amount of adversity tossed their way in the past two games.

Corey Masisak: Kane keeps Blackhawks alive with Game 6 winner

The Blackhawks will try to complete a comeback from down 3-1 in a series for the second straight year and move within four victories of a repeat championship.

Shawn Roarke: Kings-Blackhawks series is one for the ages

These teams, the past two Stanley Cup champions, have been almost indistinguishable in their greatness.

Corey Masisak: Patrick Kane comes up big again for Blackhawks

Chicago is 12-2 in Games 6 or 7 in their careers. Kane has nine goals and 17 points in those games, including his famous Stanley Cup-winning overtime goal in Game 6 of the 2010 Final.


FifthFeather: Like Dolphins Can Swim: Blackhawks 4, Kings 3

Another reason the Hawks are starting to pick apart the Kings defense, the Kings are overpursuing the puck-carrier on zone entries and with another Hawk driving to the net, it’s clearing oodles of space for the late man.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.