We are two more wins by Original Six franchises away from having the Chicago Blackhawks face the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals, oddly for the first time ever. Marian Hossa gave Chicago a 3-2 lead early in the third period, and the Kings would be unable to answer, as they now trail the Blackhawks three games to one in the Western Conference Finals.
Sheldon Brookbank stepped in to fill Duncan Keith's spot on defense... the Chicago Blackhawks didn't miss a beat. The Kings are desperate for offense from their top players. Captain Dustin Brown has one goal in the last nine games, while Anze Kopitar has the same amount in his past thirteen contests.
The pivotal game 5 will take place Saturday night at 7 central. [NHL]
Things got chippy at the Staples Center last night as well... but more so in the stands than on the ice. Cameras caught a few seconds of what appeared to be a fan brawl behind Jonathan Quick, with a few haymakers being thrown. Where do they think they are? A Los Angeles Raiders game? [TheBigLead]
Andy McDonald of the St. Louis Blues has announced his retirement after 13 NHL seasons. He cited complications from concussions as the reason. Perhaps best known for his time with the Anaheim Ducks, McDonald finishes with 489 points in 685 career games. [USA Today]
Sergei Gonchar may not be getting much interest on the NHL's unrestricted free agent market this summer afterall... but only because he appears to be very close to signing a deal with the KHL's Metallurg Magnitogorsk. [TheFourthPeriod]
There appears to be a groundswell of support for the Pittsburgh Penguins to play the Philadelphia Flyers in an outdoor game on the campus of Penn State. I don't know about you guys, but I'd like to maybe see some outdoor games with teams that haven't already played in two Winter Classics. It's getting old, guys. [700 Level]
Did you happen to catch any of the hashtag fun over on twitter yesterday, about Gregory Campbell's heroics? Basically, people came up with mundane circumstances that showed how they toughed out difficult circumstances themselves, and followed them with #ImGregoryCampbell. Tweet of the day belongs to none other than the Dallas Stars Official Twitter account. [Puck Daddy] has the full story.
If you missed the video on DallasStars.com from the uniform unveiling, you really should check it out. Gives me chills every time I see it.