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BLACKHAWKS AND DUCKS ON TARGET, DEFENDING CHAMPION KINGS DOWN ONE

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NHLPlayoffs2013The NHL playoffs are three games in and so far the script has held in all three series. The Chicago Blackhawks who finished with the best record during this short season at 36-7-5 are the favorites to win the cup.

They started the season in amazing fashion as they did not lose their first match until the 25th game. They have the best defensive team in the league and their experience makes them well rounded.

Yet in game one against the Minnesota Wild, they also were let off the hook a bit. Minnesota scored first when Cal Clutterbuck scored with a wrist shot to open the scoring. The Hawks tied it in the second period with Marian Hossa scoring from a wrist shot. The game went into overtime and at the 16:35 mark Viktor Stalberg and Johnny Oduya set up winger Bryan Bickell who scored on the backhand to put Chicago up 1-0 in this series.

Anaheim also captured the opening game against the Detroit Red Wings.  The two teams traded goals with Anaheim’s Nick Bonino and Detroit’s Daniel Cleary each scoring on the power play. After a scoreless second, the Ducks struck a minute and a half in when Teemu Selanne scored on a slap shot on the power play to put them up 2-1.  The Wings had their chances in the third but could not take advantage until Francois Beauchemin scored on an empty netter to make the final score 3-1 and 1-0 in favor of the Mighty Ducks.

The defending cup champion Kings, who finished fifth, lost on the road to the St. Louis Blues. Early on the power play, Alexander Steen received the pass and snapped the shot that put the Blues up 1-0.  The second was scoreless and in the third the score remained the same until Justin Williams tied things with a wrist shot with only 32 seconds left in the contest. It stayed this way until the overtime, when Alexander Steen skated around the net and scored on a wrap-around to win in overtime 2-1 to place the Blues 1-0 ahead.

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