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Open Thread: 2014 Playoffs Day 32

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An open thread to discuss game one of the Western Conference Final

"Better than Sid, high-five!"
"Better than Sid, high-five!"
Jonathan Daniel

The Eastern Conference Final started with a bang yesterday, as the New York Rangers hammered the Montreal Canadiens 7-2.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>As a Canadian - how can you not root for the Habs! Still, should be a great series! Enjoy it!</p>&mdash; Eugene Melnyk (@MelnykEugene) <a href="https://twitter.com/MelnykEugene/statuses/467703785734017024">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote>
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I enjoyed it, I'm not sure Mr. Melnyk did.

This afternoon, the Western Conference Final begins in a rematch of last year's third round match-up. The defending champion Chicago Blackhawks with host the 2012 Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings, at the United Center. With Sidney Crosby's 800th early playoff exit, much of the league's attention has shifted to Hawks captain Jonathan Toews. While Chicago looks to be the better team, the Hawks did face unexpected difficulties when dispatching the Minnesota Wild.

Today's Schedule:

Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks, 3 pm, TSN, RDS