Andrew Shaw skated in front of the goal in the third overtime and redirected Dave Bolland's shot into the net for the winning score in the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in a riveting Game 1 on Wednesday night. Shaw weighed in on the goal after the game.
CHICAGO- The Los Angeles Kings kept playing through a slew of injuries. They kept coming when the Chicago Blackhawks jumped out to an early lead, and they tried everything to force another home game in the Western Conference finals.
PITTSBURGH- Ray Shero left little doubt at the trade deadline, with the Pittsburgh Penguins general manager telling anyone who would listen his team was "all in" for the Stanley Cup after giving stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin accomplished sidekicks in Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow.
BOSTON- Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had a much easier time explaining what went wrong for Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference finals than he did in breaking through against the Boston Bruins' stingy defense.
LOS ANGELES- The Chicago Blackhawks were suitably impressed by the Los Angeles Kings' 15-game home winning streak. They also respected the defending Stanley Cup champions' ability to win eight straight playoff games at Staples Center.
LOS ANGELES- If the Chicago Blackhawks are going to end the Los Angeles Kings' perfect postseason on home ice in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, they'll have to do it without their top defenseman.
LOS ANGELES- Duncan Keith grimaced and tugged at his stocking cap in the Chicago Blackhawks' dressing room Wednesday, realizing his fate for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals was being decided thousands of miles away from Staples Center.
LOS ANGELES- Slava Voynov broke his stick in two with a vicious swing at the puck during the second period. The Los Angeles Kings defenseman's slower shot stayed on course anyway, sliding past Corey Crawford into Chicago's net.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.- The Los Angeles Kings have been in all types of jams during the past two postseasons. Just a few weeks ago, they even escaped the same 0-2 deficit they're now facing in the Western Conference finals.
CHICAGO- There's a sign in the hallway that runs from the home locker room to the ice at the United Center. It says "EARN IT," and it was sure hard to argue that the Chicago Blackhawks haven't done just that during an impressive start to the Western Conference finals.
CHICAGO- Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards is out of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals due to an undisclosed upper body injury sustained when he took a big hit from Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland in the series opener.
DETROIT- The Detroit Red Wings rallied to extend their postseason streak to 22, the longest in North American professional sports. Then, they got within a win of making an improbable appearance in the Western Conference finals.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.- Defenseman Robyn Regehr agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, passing up free agency this summer to stick with the defending Stanley Cup champions.
SAN JOSE, Calif.- Two days after being knocked out of the playoffs with a Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the San Jose Sharks started the all-too-familiar process of packing up for the summer before the Stanley Cup finals have even begun.
CHICAGO- The Chicago Blackhawks could have folded when they dropped three of the first four games of their series against the Detroit Red Wings. They could have packed it in when a potential go-ahead goal was waved off late in the third period.
CHICAGO- A potential tiebreaking goal by the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of their second-round series against the Detroit Red Wings has been waved off after referee Stephen Walkom blew the play dead because of a penalty call behind the play.
SAN JOSE, Calif.- For all the talk about how this version of the San Jose Sharks was different, the disappointing end to the season was all too familiar for an organization still waiting for its first trip to the Stanley Cup.
LOS ANGELES- The Kings' seven-game series with the Sharks came down to another tense third period, with the home team clinging to another one-goal lead. Two teams with tiny differences were one or two mistakes away from the Western Conference finals or summertime.
CHICAGO- It began with a convincing victory for the Blackhawks. Then Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings controlled the action for three straight games, pushing the NHL's top-seeded team to the brink of elimination.
GLENDALE, Ariz.- Phoenix Coyotes general manager Don Maloney stood at a podium deep inside Jobing.com Arena and talked about his contract extension, his priorities over the next few months and the future of the organization.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.- Although Dustin Brown will always remember raising the Stanley Cup above his head last year, he also remembers the pain of a first-round playoff loss to San Jose one year before the Los Angeles Kings became champions.
BOSTON- The Bruins played Pittsburgh three times this season and lost all three by one goal. Now they await the top-seeded Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals, and the Bruins are trying to figure out what went wrong in those games.
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