Jonathan Quick would rather be resting up than staring at yet another seventh game.
There’s not much he can do about that now.
A wild and memorable Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and Blackhawks comes down to a win-or-go-home Game 7 in Chicago tonight.
“I guess we can get used to it,” Quick, the Kings’ goalie, said after a 4-3 loss in Game 6 on Friday night in Los Angeles. “We don’t want to be used to it. If you play Game 7s throughout the whole playoffs, it is going to be pretty tough on your body. Whatever. We’re in this situation. Before the series if we were asked, ‘Would you want to go to Game 7 against Chicago?’ and be put in that spot, a one-game thing, I think we would take it.”
It’ll be the third Game 7 of the postseason for the Kings, who dropped the first three games in the opening round against San Jose and then went the distance with Anaheim. They blew a 3-1 series lead to Chicago, and now, it comes down to this.
The winner plays host to the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night.
While the Kings tried to put aside their frustration after missing out on two opportunities to clinch the series, the Blackhawks were breathing a little easier after taking Game 6.
“It’s nice to see that resilience not only in this game but in this series so far,” captain Jonathan Toews said. “We’re giving ourselves a heck of a chance going home for Game 7.”
WILD: Signed coach Mike Yeo to a multiyear contract extension.
Yeo just finished the last year of his original three-year contract by leading the Wild to the Western Conference semifinals.
Yeo is 104-82-26 in his three seasons.