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2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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The regular season record doesn’t matter. 2010 and 2013 don’t matter. Streaks and momentum and rivalries don’t matter.  What matters is the moment. Now. Every period. Every trip down the ice. Every shot. Every save. It all leads to One Goal. The Stanley Cup.

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Members of the Blackhawks organization and team address their defeat and reflect on their season at a press conference Tuesday.

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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.

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By Chris Kuc

It turns out there was a rationale behind the calm and cool demeanor the Blackhawks displayed over the last week or so while the end of their season stared them squarely in the face.

There is no quit in this team.

The defending Stanley Cup champions proved that once again when they traveled to the hostile environs of Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday night and skated away with a scintillating 4-3 victory over the Kings in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

The triumph was the Hawks’ second consecutive in the series when facing elimination and tied the best-of-seven slate at 3-3 with Game 7 scheduled for Sunday night at the United Center. Pregame is at 6:30 p.m. on 720 WGN, 87.7 The Game, our apps, TuneIn and iHeartRadio.

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By Chris Kuc

The defending Stanley Cup champions are still breathing and chasing history.

The Blackhawks willed themselves to a 5-4 victory in double overtime over the Kings in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Wednesday night before a raucous crowd of 21,871 at the United Center to keep their dream of two consecutive titles alive.

Against the relentless Kings, the Hawks got a goal from Michal Handzus in the second OT to stave off elimination and send the best-of-seven series back to the West Coast for Game 6 Friday with Los Angeles holding a 3-2 advantage.

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By Chris Kuc

After being throttled by the Kings in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday night, the Blackhawks were quite interested in talking about what happened just over a year ago.

It was then the Hawks reeled off three consecutive victories to rally from the brink of elimination against the Red Wings in the second round of the playoffs.

The defending Stanley Cup champions are invoking that fond memory because they find themselves in a similar predicament after being hammered 5-2 by the Kings at the Staples Center. Los Angeles has surged to a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series that will continue with Game 5 on Wednesday night at the United Center.

The Kings dominated in nearly all facets of the game — five-on-five, special teams, faceoffs and blocked shots — to put the Hawks’ bid for consecutive Cups in serious jeopardy.

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By Chris Kuc

Jonathan Toews urged the Blackhawks to play with an increased level of fire and determination in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Kings.

To put it bluntly, the captain called for the Hawks “to play pissed off.”

Toews himself did just that, nearly single-handedly demolishing the Kings early before they slowly took control of Game 3 — and the best-of-seven series — with a 4-3 victory Saturday night at Staples Center.

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To cheer on our beloved Chicago Blackhawks, we’re unveiling a giant banner right on the side of the historical Tribune Tower. Go Hawks Go!

By Chris Kuc

Cruising along with a two-goal lead and yet another postseason victory at home squarely in their sights, the Blackhawks were blind-sided in devastating fashion.

The Kings erupted with an onslaught of goals to stun the Hawks 6-2 in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Wednesday night at the United Center and sent the best-of-seven series to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Saturday night tied 1-1.

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Tribune Tower has caught Blackhawks fever! The crown of the Chicago landmark was lit with Blackhawks red on Friday, May 16, and will remain red through the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Tribune Tower glows red to support the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Alex Garcia / Chicago Tribune)

By Shannon Ryan

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville erupted into another playoff sideline tirade during Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at the United Center.

Jonathan Toews’ goal that would have provided a 2-0 second period cushion was disallowed, followed by some cumbersome explanations by the NHL on the ruling.

None of it mattered in the end. Everyone could leave the United Center pleased.

Toews capped the 3-1 victory for the Blackhawks with a three-on-one goal as less than four minutes remained for the early series lead.

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