ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The Chicago Blackhawks got what they were seeking in Los Angeles and it wasn't extended beach time or a windblown cruise down the Sunset Strip.
What the Blackhawks got instead was a big 3-2 victory in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final on Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center, where the home team was perfect in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Now comes the hard part.
The Blackhawks, who lead the best-of-7 series 3-1, have a chance to close out the Kings in Game 5 on Saturday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS), which would put Chicago into its second Stanley Cup Final in the past four seasons.
"I think we can just go into [Game 5] with the mindset that we're down 3-1," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said Friday afternoon after arriving at O'Hare International Airport. "That's what we've said the last couple games in L.A., obviously being up 2-0 or 2-1. You know the other team's going to come at you hard, but it's up to you to motivate yourself and try and put yourself in that position where you feel like you're in a seventh game or your back's up against the wall."