NEW YORK -- A berth in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final is on the line Sunday night when the Chicago Blackhawks play host to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final at United Center (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS). Sunday's showdown will mark the seventh Game 7 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, tying the single-year playoff record set in 1994 and matched in 2011.
The Blackhawks-Kings winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final and hold home-ice advantage against the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers in the best-of-seven series for hockey's ultimate prize that begins Wednesday, June 4.
The Blackhawks will attempt to join the 2000 New Jersey Devils (vs. Philadelphia) as just the second club in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to win a Conference Final series it had trailed 3-1. The defending Stanley Cup champions have climbed back into this series by winning back-to-back thrillers they trailed in the third period. Games 5 and 6 featured five lead changes, 16 goals and 143 shots.
The Blackhawks also could become the first team in playoff history to successfully overcome a 3-1 series deficit in consecutive postseasons. Chicago posted such a comeback win over the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals, a series capped by a Brent Seabrook goal in overtime of Game 7.
The Kings will skate into United Center with a 6-0 record in elimination games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They posted a 5-1 road victory against the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of their First Round series to become the fourth team in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit and dug out of a 3-2 hole to eliminate the Anaheim Ducks with a 6-2 road win in Game 7 of their Second Round series.
Los Angeles will be the third team in NHL history to play all 21 possible games through three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since all four rounds went best-of-seven in 1987. Before the Kings this postseason, the only teams to play every possible game through three rounds were the 2002 Colorado Avalanche and the 1993 Toronto Maple Leafs; each lost Game 7 in the Conference Final. The Kings will be the first club to contest all three Game 7s on the road.
Kings forwards Marian Gaborik, Mike Richards and Justin Williams all boast perfect 6-0 marks in Game 7s, with Williams posting 12 points (6-6--12) in his contests. Williams is tied for second in NHL history in both goals and points in Game 7s. Glenn Anderson (7) holds the record for most career goals in Game 7s, while Doug Gilmour (13) owns the record for most career points.
Los Angeles head coach Darryl Sutter (6-3) is in quest of a record-setting seventh Game 7 win behind the bench. Sutter currently shares the top mark of six with Scotty Bowman and Pat Burns. In addition, Sutter will tie Claude Julien and Mike Keenan for the most Game 7 coaching appearances (10).
Other Game 7 Notes
* Home teams are 91-64 (.587) all-time in Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs but are 1-5 in 2014.
* The team that scores first is 115-40 all-time (.742), including a 4-2 mark in 2014.
* Thirty-eight Game 7s have required overtime (38-of-155, 24.5%). Home and road teams are both 19-19.
Chicago Blackhawks (6-5)
5/29/13, Western Conference SF vs. Detroit (DET 1 at CHI 2, OT)
4/26/11, Western Conference QF vs. Vancouver (CHI 1 at VAN 2, OT)
5/19/95, Western Conference QF vs. Toronto (TOR 2 at CHI 5)
4/30/90, Norris Division SF vs. St. Louis (STL 2 at CHI 8)
4/16/90, Norris Division SF vs. Minnesota (MIN 2 at CHI 5)
5/2/71, Semifinal vs. NY Rangers (NYR 2 at CHI 4)
5/18/71, Stanley Cup Final vs. Montreal (MTL 3 at CHI 2)
5/1/65, Stanley Cup Final vs. Montreal (CHI 0 at MTL 4)
4/15/65, Semifinal vs. Detroit (CHI 4 at DET 2)
4/9/64, Semifinal vs. Detroit (DET 4 at CHI 2)
4/7/53, Semifinal vs. Montreal (CHI 1 at MTL 4)
Los Angeles Kings (6-4)
5/16/14, Western Conference Second Round vs. Anaheim (L.A. 6 at ANA 2)
4/30/14, Western Conference First Round vs. San Jose (L.A. 5 at S.J. 1)
5/28/13, Western Conference SF vs. San Jose (S.J. 1 at L.A. 2)
4/29/02, Western Conference QF vs. Colorado (L.A. 0 at COL 4)
5/9/01, Western Conference SF vs. Colorado (L.A. 1 at COL 5)
5/29/93, Western Conference Final vs. Toronto (L.A. 5 at TOR 4)
4/15/89, Smythe Division SF vs. Edmonton (EDM 3 at L.A. 6)
4/25/76, Quarterfinals vs. Boston (L.A. 0 at BOS 3)
4/13/69, Quarterfinals vs. Oakland (L.A. 5 at OAK 3)
4/18/68, Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota (MIN 9 at L.A. 4)