| May 25, 2014
| 11:15 PM
One of the Kings' defensemen referred to Chicago star forward Patrick Kane the other day as "undercover fast," taking note of his special brand of dangerous speed.
So far, through three games of the Western Conference finals, Kane has been undercover...
| May 13, 2014
| 10:33 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The serenade of Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford sounded sillier with every extended syllable Tuesday night, yet at the oddest times the home fans' words still echoed off the walls.
"CRAW-FORD! CRAW-FORD!" they yelled again and...
| May 21, 2014
| 7:50 PM
The Los Angeles Kings scored five goals in the third period to transform a troubling two-goal deficit late in the second period into a 6-2 victory Wednesday at United Center that ties the Western Conference finals against the defending Stanley Cup-...
| May 15, 2014
| 6:32 AM
Corey Crawford is getting hosed.
It might not bother him, but it bugs me. Crawford is proving he’s an elite goalie, and people need to wake up, especially national people.
The Blackhawks just reached the Western Conference finals because of a...
| May 16, 2014
| 10:22 PM
By the time the Kings advanced to the Western Conference finals against the Blackhawks last season, most of their team was being held together by tape and hope.
Battered after defeating St. Louis in six games and San Jose in seven, the Kings fell to the...
| May 17, 2014
| 7:28 PM
Anze Kopitar was asked about revenge.
This was not about that, not about getting even. Instead, the Kings center said this had to do with seizing the moment, about capitalizing on an opportunity.
The Kings reached the Western Conference finals for the...
| May 12, 2014
| 4:35 PM
There always was music in the car. Lots of Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel and James Taylor, singers who will always remind Blackhawks forward Ben Smith of being with his father, Larry Alan Smith, as they made lengthy drives around New England, sometimes five...
| May 17, 2014
| 5:40 PM
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Kings
How they got here: Chicago defeated St. Louis in six games and Minnesota in six games; the Kings defeated San Jose in seven games and the Ducks in seven games.
Playoff power play: Blackhawks: 18.2% (eighth); Kings 22.9%...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 11:44 AM
Halfway through the season -- heck, as late as a month ago -- the St. Louis Blues were the team you wanted to avoid in the playoffs. You wanted to avoid them for as long as possible.
They were good and getting better with the addition of a big-name...
| Apr 13, 2014
| 10:25 PM
The Colorado Avalanche rose from the dregs of a 29th-place finish last season to win the Central Division title, and the St. Louis Blues collapsed late in the regular season and lost their chance to finish atop the Central, Western Conference and the...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 8:11 PM
One season under the NHL’s realigned conference setup probably was enough for Eastern teams to veto future additions from the West.
The Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets, who moved from the West to the East before this season, won...