CHICAGO - Sure, the Chicago Blackhawks have a bunch of veteran forwards who have a history of clutch goals.
Scoring against the defending champions isn't easy, either.
The Los Angeles Kings found out just how difficult it can be during Sunday's 3-1 loss in Game 1 of the Western Conference final, whether they were being stopped by goalie Corey Crawford or blocked by one of his teammates. The best-of-seven series continues Wednesday in Chicago.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter says his team had "a lot of good opportunities" and credited Crawford after another big performance.
But it wasn't just the guy in net. Other players stepped up for the Blackhawks.
I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.
— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season