Saturday, June 01, 2013

Stanley Cup Playoffs Round Three: Los Angeles and Chicago

Both of the Western Conference finalists went to the final game to secure their berth in the last step before a Stanley Cup berth, the Hawks coming back from the depths of a 3-1 series with Detroit, while the Kings and Sharks traded off home ice victories until the Kings clinched their series in game 7.

The domination of the regular season by the Hawks now is very much a story for the past, their struggles in the playoffs thus far showing hints that they are not as formidable a team as was thought when the playoff rounds started in April.

Chicago, has at times looked ready to fall, yet, has found a way to battle back, but not before testing the resolve of the Madhouse on Madison.

The seven game series with the Wings was as hard a hitting and at times nasty series as you might find,
the Wings no doubt looking back at where they could have dispatched the Hawks to the off season and an opportunity to review a number of questions on their playoff play.

However, the Hawks found the way to win, though it took an overtime period in game seven to ensure that the Hockey Gods got it right, with a timely winner to move the Hawks on towards Stanley.

The Kings as well had their struggles with the Sharks, San Jose having become the poster team for missed opportunities, seemingly on a yearly basis.

At times in the second round the Sharks looked as though they finally had figured out the right formula, yet through hard hitting and tenacity the Kings battled back, facing elimination in a game 7 at home, they squeaked out a 2-1 victory to move on.

Both teams offering up more questions for Round three, both more than aware of where improvement is needed should they have designs on the final round.

CHICAGO WINS the series 4 games to 1

Saturday, June 1-- Los Angeles 1 at Chicago  2 (21,535)
Sunday, June 2-- Los Angeles 2 at Chicago 4 (21,824)
Tuesday, June 4-- Chicago 1 at Los Angeles 3  (18,477)
Thursday, June 6-- Chicago 3 at Los Angeles 2 (18,621)
**Saturday, June 8-- Los Angeles 3  at Chicago 4 (2 OT) (22,237

Games 1-3 TSN, (4-7 If nec CBC) RDS, NBCSN

Media sources for the series
(some may feature a pay wall)

Chicago Sun Times
Chicago Tribune
Chicago Daily Herald
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Daily News
Windsor Star
USA Today
Globe and Mail
National Post

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