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.
We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.
— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp