Jun 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalieJonathan Quick
(32) shakes hands with Chicago Blackhawks goalieCorey Crawford
(50) after game seven of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
No. 7: Los Angeles Kings
Blackhawks’ record against since 2005: 30-15-4 (includes playoffs)
Past irritants: Willie Mitchell
Any rivalry here was born from two things: a pair of very exciting playoff series and simultaneous rises toward the top of the league. These were two pretty bad teams right out of the lockout, but things started to turn in 2009. Now, the Blackhawks have three Stanley Cups in the last six years, while the Kings have two in the last four. With any good competition comes some sort of rivalry.
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Corey Crawford might have these guys near or at the top of his personal rivalry list. From his headbutt meeting with Quick at center ice in Game 6 of the 2014 Western Conference finals to his wrapping up of Clifford to keep the agitator from going after Toews, Crow doesn’t seem to be a huge fan of the Hollywood guys. And we should follow Crow’s lead.
Doughty is pretty much the Yadier Molina of hockey. Really good at his job, but will run away from his duties in a moment of severe need to whine and complain about what an official missed. He and Quick should form a band with Mike Smith and Tuukka Rask. Doughty’s pretty much the opposite of Duncan Keith, but he usually gets more attention from the talking heads. Certainly a point of frustration, though we all know Keith doesn’t need the plaudits.
As long as the Kings bounce back from missing the playoffs last season and the Blackhawks don’t tumble too far after their latest cap purge, this could be a still-growing rivalry.
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