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The home stretch: Los Angeles Kings return for 2nd chance to finish off champion Blackhawks

Thursday, 05.29.2014 / 6:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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The home stretch: Los Angeles Kings return for 2nd chance to finish off champion Blackhawks

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - The Los Angeles Kings spent much of the past month avoiding playoff elimination, so they can appreciate the Chicago Blackhawks' resilience.

After missing their first chance to finish off the Blackhawks in a double-overtime, the Kings are back to take another shot in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on Friday night.

Defenceman Drew Doughty says the Kings can't let the series go to a Game 7, so they're determined to prevent the Blackhawks from having another good start. Los Angeles also will endeavour to shut down Chicago's surprisingly effective line pairing Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane.

Before heading out to their second straight elimination game, the Blackhawks continue to insist all the pressure is on the Kings.

But Chicago is just 2-6 on the road in the post-season.

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They said, 'You're going to love the city. It's smaller than Philadelphia, but you're going to love it. You're going to love the fans. Just watching the playoffs last year, the fans seemed louder there than they did anywhere. I'm really excited about that.

— Forward Scott Hartnell on his upcoming season with the Columbus Blue Jackets