By Shannon Ryan
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he would have “no frill” in his pregame speech. Patrick Sharp scoffed at the idea of being nervous.
What the Blackhawks bottled up in emotion before the game, they let loose Sunday night during Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.
They didn’t go down without a fight.
In a series that has been filled with more unbelievable twists and turns than a soap opera, it was only fitting that the game was decided in overtime, the Kings a 5-4 winner on a Tyler Toffoli goal.
The Kings became the first NHL team to win three Game 7s on the road in the playoffs, and advanced to their second Stanley Cup Final in three seasons.