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.
That's today's game. That's one of the things you have to deal with when you're a championship team. Guys are going to earn more money based on their performance and what they've achieved, [and] deservedly so. [Saad] falls into that category.
— Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on Brandon Saad, who was traded by Chicago to the Columbus Blue Jackets this offseason