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Chicago takes series to 7

LOS ANGELES — Patrick Kane scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:45 to play Friday, and the Blackhawks forced a decisive seventh game in the Western Conference final with a 4-3 victory over the Kings.

Kane had two goals and set up Duncan Keith's tying goal with 8:26 left in regulation for defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago, which avoided elimination for the second straight game.

Chicago blew a lead entering the third period on goals by Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez but won it with a brilliant effort by Kane.

After Kane made the pass to set up Keith's tying goal, he ripped a long shot through traffic in front of Jonathan Quick for the winner.

Game 7 is Sunday in Chicago.

Blackhawks 0 2 2 4
Kings 1 0 2 3

First Period1, Los Angeles, King 2 (Stoll, Williams), 17:03. PenaltiesGreene, LA (holding), 13:34.

Second Period2, Chicago, Kane 7 (Toews, Seabrook), 1:12 (pp). 3, Chicago, Smith 4 (Sharp, Seabrook), 2:49. PenaltiesKopitar, LA (holding), :20; Seabrook, Chi (interference), 11:57.

Third Period4, Los Angeles, Doughty 4 (Brown, Richards), 5:32. 5, Los Angeles, Martinez 3 (Doughty), 7:38 (pp). 6, Chicago, Keith 4 (Kane, Shaw), 11:34. 7, Chicago, Kane 8 (Saad), 16:15. PenaltiesToews, Chi (hooking), 5:55. Shots on GoalChicago 9-13-3—25. Los Angeles 8-13-8—29. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 1 of 2; Los Angeles 1 of 2. GoaliesChicago, Crawford 11-7-0 (29 shots-26 saves). Los Angeles, Quick 11-9-0 (25-21). A18,471 (18,118).

Rangers savor trek to Stanley Cup final

NEW YORK — Eight months ago, first-year Rangers coach Alain Vigneault could never have imagined he would now be behind the bench for New York's first Stanley Cup final appearance in 20 years.

The mere suggestion made him laugh Thursday night after the Rangers advanced with a 1-0 victory over Montreal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final.

"In October? I probably would have said, 'What are you smoking?' " he said.

New York began this season with a nine-game road trip because of major renovations at Madison Square Garden. When the Rangers limped home, they were 3-6 and near the bottom of both the Metropolitan Division and the East.

They got over .500 with a New Year's Eve victory at Florida and improved to a 45-31-6 record for a second-place division finish.

In the playoffs, star goalie Henrik Lundqvist has carried New York, particularly in the second round when it erased a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the favored Penguins.

"It was my toughest (season) start in my career," Lundqvist said. "It feels better when you turn it around and good things start to happen. It's been a great ride so far, especially the second half."

Meanwhile, Newsday reported the average asking price for three potential Rangers home games in the Cup final is $2,439.85, according to TiqIQ.com, a site that aggregates data from secondary-market sites. The lowest average price is for Game 3 on June 9 at $2,202.72, with a low of $995.

Around the league: CSN in Philadelphia reported that Flyers chairman Ed Snider completed cancer treatment. Snider, 81, told csnphilly.com that he feels "great." … Jets center Jim Slater had hip surgery and is expected back for training camp.

Conference finals

West

Blackhawks 3, Kings 3

Game 1: Blackhawks 3, Kings 1

Game 2: Kings 6, Blackhawks 2

Game 3: Kings 4, Blackhawks 3

Game 4: Kings 5, Blackhawks 2

Game 5: Blackhawks 5, Kings 4 2OT

Friday: Blackhawks 4, Kings 3

Sunday: at Chicago, 8, NBCSN

East

Rangers 4, Canadiens 2

Chicago takes series to 7 05/30/14 [Last modified: Saturday, May 31, 2014 12:01am]

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