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Crawford leads Blackhawks past Kings 3-1 in Game 1
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) lands on Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) as Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30), of Russia, deflects a shot during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
May 18, 2014, 6:03 pm

CHICAGO (AP) Corey Crawford made 25 saves, Jonathan Toews had a big goal in the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 in Game 1 of the Western Conference final Sunday.

Brandon Saad added a goal and an assist for Chicago, which remained perfect in seven home playoff games this year. Duncan Keith had a tiebreaking score in the third period.

Playing just two days after a Game 7 victory over Anaheim, the Kings got a second-period goal from Tyler Toffoli and outshot the Blackhawks 26-20. But Crawford made a couple of solid stops in another terrific performance.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night.

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