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Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) is checked by Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) during the third period in game one of the Western Conference Final of the Stanley Cup playoffs Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Chicago. (Jerry Lai / USA TODAY Sports)

NHL playoffs: Blackhawks take Game 1 from Kings

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The Chicago Blackhawks seized the early advantage in the Western Conference final with a series-opening 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.


In a rematch of last year’s conference final, won by Chicago in five games, Corey Crawford made 25 saves and the reigning Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks got some timely offense to start the best-of-seven series.

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