Play It Forward May 25-31 on your sports calendar: As long as the Ducks don’t have to go into OT …

Tomorrowland-2THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:
NHL PLAYOFFS: WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
DUCKS vs. CHICAGO
Details/TV: Game 5 at Honda Center, Monday at 6 p.m., NBCSN:

462546132Duck and uncover: Two of the last three in this potential seven-game series will be played near Disneyland. But if there’s a Tomorrowland in the future for Bruce Boudreau’s boys, with or without George Clooney’s assistance, it must come with the avoidance of getting into more extra time with these bruising Blackhawks. Chicago has won all four of its overtime games during this latest playoff season, including both in this series that ran into multiple-OT periods. “I think that our mindset is staying with it, somebody will either make a great play,” said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. “But then again you don’t want to be too in a hurry to make that play because sometimes that can bite you.” This is starting to feel more like a best-of-nine or best-of-11 series the longer they play.
andrew-gordon-bruce-boudreau-ducks“If you look at all four games, they’ve been all tremendous hockey games,” said Boudreau after the 5-4 double-OT loss on Saturday. “One has to lose and one has to win. It’s usually when one of the teams makes a mistake that a good team capitalizes. That’s what happens. We’ll just regroup. Now it’s a two out of three. Let’s get after it. … We’re ticked off, but … if you dwell on it, you’ll dwell on it until you’re down 3-2. You just have to get angry and get after it. We know these are two good teams. We just have to be the one who comes out on top.” Added Quenneville: “I think this series has been played very tight, but there’s a lot of pace to it that all of a sudden things could be a little unpredictable. We’ve had some crazy endings with them in the regular season and past games as well. This series has been played at that pace. … Can’t be any more even than what I saw in four games.”
The series continues with Game 6 at Chicago (Wednesday at 5 p.m., NBCSN) and Game 7 at Anaheim (Saturday at 5 p.m., NBCSN).
In the N.Y. Rangers-Tampa Bay Eastern Conference finals, Game 6 is in Tampa Bay (Tuesday, 5 p.m., NBCSN) with a possible Game 7 at New York (Friday, 5 p.m., NBCSN).

ALSO THIS WEEK:

The Dodgers’ three game series in St. Louis (Friday-Sunday) includes having to face 23-year-old Michael Wacha (7-0, 1.87) in the middle contest (4:15 p.m., Channel 11) … The NBA Western Conference finals between Golden State and Houston could easily end on Monday (6 p.m., ESPN) … The Angels’ weekend series against Detroit includes a Sunday night game (ESPN2, 5 p.m.) … UCLA prepares to advance in the NCAA baseball and softball playoffs … The CIF City Section baseball finals are set for Dodger Stadium on Saturday (1 p.m.) following Wednesday’s semifinals involving El Camino Real-Narbonne and Cleveland-Chatsworth … More at this link.

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