March 25: Kings 5, Blackhawks 4, United Center

Looking back before looking ahead to the Western Conference finals …

Dustin Brown scored the winning goal and Jonathan Quick made 21 saves in a game that proved the Kings could skate with the speedy Blackhawks after all. Anze Kopitar, Jarret Stoll, Dwight King and rookie Tyler Toffoli also scored for the Kings, who improved their record to 18-12-2. Kopitar’s goal was noteworthy because it was his last of the regular season. He did not score in the final 16 regular-season games and has only two goals in 13 playoff games, a fact that has raised eyebrows among plenty of press box observers.

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February 17: Blackhawks 3, Kings 2, United Center

Looking back before looking ahead to the Western Conference finals …

Patrick Sharp scored the winning goal for the Blackhawks and Ray Emery filled in for Corey Crawford in goal. The Blackhawks were rolling toward the NHL’s best start in history, and the Kings were mired in what sure looked like a Stanley Cup hangover. Coach Darryl Sutter continued to deny the fact, but the Kings were a pedestrian 5-6-2 to start their championship defense. Mike Richards scored their only goals on this night, both on power plays.

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January 19: Blackhawks 5, Kings 2, Staples Center

Looking back before looking ahead to the Western Conference finals …

The Blackhawks rained all over the Kings’ Stanley Cup banner-raising celebration by thumping them in the lockout-delayed season-opener. Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik and Jonathan Toews scored for Chicago during a relentless attack that resulted in a commanding 4-0 lead after only 21 minutes, 16 seconds had been played. The Blackhawks’ remarkable speed and skill with the puck was on full display and the Kings couldn’t keep pace.

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Kings are part of an NHL final four made up of only Stanley Cup champions

The Kings won the Stanley Cup last season.

The Boston Bruins won it in 2011.

The Chicago Blackhawks won it in 2010.

The Pittsburgh Penguins won it in 2009.

“It says something about the organizations,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. “It doesn’t have to do with the league. It says more about the organizations, I think. It tells you something about the ability to sustain and how hard it is to win, quite honestly. It’s continually different teams, but you can stay in the top and be a playoff team.”

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Robyn Regehr compares Drew Doughty to another fine skating defenseman

Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr didn’t hesitate when asked Thursday to compare current partner Drew Doughty with anyone he’s played with in the past. Regehr praised Doughty’s all-around game by comparing him to Scott Niedermayer, the now retired former Duck and New Jersey Devil.

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Kings sign defenseman Robyn Regehr to a two-year contract extension

True, general manager Dean Lombardi was looking for a short-term addition to the Kings’ defense corps when he acquired veteran Robyn Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres on April 1. But there was far more to the deal than that. Lombardi also viewed Regehr as more than just a rental player for the rest of the 2012-13 season.

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Kings-Blackhawks schedule

Here it is:
SERIES N        TIME (ET)        #1 Chicago vs. #5 Los Angeles                Networks                
Saturday, June 1                5 p.m.                Los Angeles at Chicago                NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS

Sunday, June 2                8 p.m.                Los Angeles at Chicago                NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS

Tuesday, June 4                9 p.m.                Chicago at Los Angeles                 NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS

Thursday, June 6                9 p.m.                Chicago at Los Angeles                NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS

*Saturday, June 8                8 p.m.                Los Angeles at Chicago                NBC, CBC, RDS

*Monday, June 10        9 p.m.                Chicago at Los Angeles                NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS

*Wednesday, June 12        TBD                Los Angeles at Chicago                NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS

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