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Kings, Blackhawks set for Western Conference final

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Los Angeles Kings center Trevor Lewis, left, and goalie Jonathan Quick congratulate each other during the third period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 2-1. (AP Photo)

Los Angeles Kings center Trevor Lewis, left, and goalie Jonathan Quick congratulate each other during the third period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 2-1. (AP Photo)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings had very little time to celebrate their Game 7 victory at Anaheim. Not with a rested Chicago Blackhawks team looming in the Western Conference final.

The Kings and Blackhawks play Game 1 of their NHL playoff series Sunday afternoon at the United Center. It is a rematch from last year’s playoffs, when the Blackhawks advanced in five games on the way to their second Stanley Cup title in four seasons.

The Kings beat the Ducks 6-2 on Friday night to reach the Western Conference final for the third consecutive season. They won it all in 2012.

Los Angeles needed seven games to advance in each of the first two rounds and is facing a quick turnaround before Game 1 against Chicago.

 

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