Kings and Blackhawks clash in LA

May 26, 2014 18:28:50 UK

The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks renew their best-of-seven Western Conference Final on Monday evening at the Staples Center in LA with the hosts leading the series by two games to one.

The Kings followed up their stunning five-goal third period in the second game in Chicago last week, with a 4-3 victory in Game 3 on Saturday. Slava Voynov, Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Drew Doughty all lit the lamp for LA who overcame an excellent two-goal effort by Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks.

Patrick Sharp’s goal with five seconds remaining in regulation only flattered the visitors as Chicago look to figure out how to get the better of Jonathan Quick in the Los Angeles net.

Similar questions are no doubt being asked in the Montreal Canadiens locker room about Henrik Lundqvist after the New York Rangers took a 3-1 lead over the Habs at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The Swedish veteran stopped 27 of the 29 shots that he faced as the Rangers picked up a 3-2 overtime victory against the visitors in Game 4 of their series.

Martin St Louis’ strike over the shoulder of Dustin Tokarski in the Montreal net was the game-winner following a back and forth game in regulation.

Carl Hagelin had given the hosts the lead in the first, beautifully sprung on the breakaway by Brian Boyle as the Rangers took the shorthanded lead. Francis Bouillon would tie proceedings midway through the second for the Canadiens before a Dan Girardi pass split the Montreal defense to allow Derick Brassard to blast New York’s second past Tokarski.

PK Subban’s power-play then made it 2-2 early in the third but the Rangers were not to be denied as they take a 3-1 lead back to the Bell Centre.

The Kings are at 2.62 to win the Stanley Cup outright, while the Blackhawks are at 4.20 to retain the trophy.

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