CHICAGO - The Los Angeles Kings had very little time to celebrate their Game 7 victory at Anaheim. Not with a rested Chicago Blackhawks team looming in the Western Conference final.
The Kings and Blackhawks play Game 1 of their NHL playoff series Sunday afternoon at the United Center. It is a rematch from last year's playoffs, when the Blackhawks advanced in five games on the way to their second Stanley Cup title in four seasons.
The Kings beat the Ducks 6-2 on Friday night to reach the Western Conference final for the third consecutive season. They won it all in 2012.
Los Angeles needed seven games to advance in each of the first two rounds and is facing a quick turnaround before Game 1 against Chicago.
It's pretty crazy, but believe me when I say we didn't draft these players with the mindset we had to because they had good hockey-playing dads. It just turned out that way. But we're certainly glad they're a part of our organization.
— Arizona Coyotes director of amateur scouting Tim Bernhardt regarding the coincidence that six of the organization's top prospects are sons of former NHL players