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Stanley Cup Stories: Kings rebound against Blackhawks

06/05/2013 02:21 EDT | Updated 08/04/2013 05:12 EDT
The Los Angeles Kings avoided slipping into an 0-3 series hole against the Chicago Blackhawks with a 3-1 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference final. This and more in the top NHL playoff stories from Tuesday.

1. Jonathan Quick returned to his playoff MVP form, especially with a save like this one. The Kings netminder robbed Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell late in the third period of Game 3 en route to Los Angeles's 3-1 win. Kings centre Mike Richards sat out a second straight game, but Slava Voynov, Justin Williams and Dwight King provided the offence to cut Chiago's series lead to 2-1. The defending Stanley Cup champions also earned their 15th consecutive home victory since March. While the Kings stay in Los Angeles for Game 4, the remainder of the Western Conference final lands a new home Thursday on Hockey Night in Canada (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 9 p.m. ET).

2. A trip down memory lane might inspire the Pittsburgh Penguins against the stingy Boston Bruins, writes two Hockey Night in Canada personalities. CBCSports.ca senior writer Tim Wharnsby reminds us of the 2009 Stanley Cup final, when the Penguins fell behind the Detroit Red Wings 0-2, but had home ice on their side for Game 3. Elliotte Friedman specifically takes us back to Game 5 of that series — a blowout loss simliar to the Pens' 6-1 defeat Monday — after which the Pens rallied to win the Cup. Were the opening two games of this year's Eastern Conference final just the stepping stones towards another improbable comeback by Pittsburgh? Find out Wednesday night in Game 3 (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET).

3. Also in his latest installment of 30 Thoughts, Friedman takes a look at minutes hog Zdeno Chara and the red-hot Nathan Horton, who have been key to the Bruins' success so far. The Hockey Night commentator also predicts a big raise for Chicago's lone goal-scorer in Game 3. Bickell's current salary is $600,000 US and Friedman breaks down what he can expect this summer. "It sounds like the Blackhawks wanted to keep him somewhere between $1.5-$2 million. Let's see: big guy who can finish in a weak free-agent year, proving he can play with good players ... yeah, it's going to go higher than that."

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