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CHICAGO -- No matter how this one plays out in the end, Joel Quenneville will at least appreciate the show the Chicago Blackhawk

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CHICAGO -- No matter how this one plays out in the end, Joel Quenneville will at least appreciate the show the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles have put on the Western Conference finals. Colton Schmidt Jersey . For pure theatre, its hard to match this. A wild series between the two most recent champions will come to a close with one final act Sunday, a seventh game in Chicago to decide who will advance to the Stanley Cup finals. "The quality of the hockey has been fun to watch and (its) been fun to be a part of it at the same time," Quenneville, the Blackhawks coach, said Saturday. The Blackhawks won a double-overtime thriller at home and took Game 6 on Friday night in Los Angeles 4-3 to wipe out a 3-1 series deficit, sending it back to Chicago. Now, its win-or-go home for both teams. Whoever prevails will host the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night. The Kings, who dropped the first three games against San Jose in the opening round and went the distance with Anaheim, hope to become the first team to win three Game 7s on the way to the Stanley Cup finals. "Were using all our lifelines so far, and we plan on getting the job done yet again," Los Angeles Justin Williams said. If the Blackhawks win Sunday, it will be the second straight year they advanced after falling behind 3-1 in a series. Last year, they dropped three of the first four against Detroit in the conference semifinals before taking Game 7 in overtime on a goal by Brent Seabrook after Niklas Hjalmarsson had one disallowed late in regulation. Chicago went on to take out the Kings in the conference finals before beating Boston for its second Stanley Cup in four years. The Blackhawks looked like they were just about out of it after dropping Game 4. Instead, they jumped back into it with two thrilling victories, pushing a thrilling series to the limit. "You can feel its high-level hockey thats played for sure," Hjalmarsson said. "Theyre a machine-like team. They bring the same effort to every single game so we just have to try to match that. I really think this series deserves a Game 7, and I think the crowd deserves it, too. And I think its going to be a great finish to a great finish to a great series." Its coming down to one after Chicago pulled out two nail-biters. There was that double-overtime victory in Game 5 at home with Michal Handzus scoring the winner, and Game 6 Friday was about as tense. The Blackhawks survived thanks to a late surge after the teams traded leads in the third period, with Patrick Kane setting up Duncan Keith for the tying goal and then firing in the winner from a patch of ice near the painted Stanley Cup logo with 3:45 left. "We know that we can still beat this Chicago Blackhawks team," Drew Doughty said. "But we also know its not going to be easy either. Theyre going to have their best game in this Game 7, especially in their home rink." It would help if they contained Kane. He has come up big in the past two games with seven points after being held to just one in the first four games. He had two goals and an assist Friday and four assists in Game 5, compared to just one assist through the first four games. Hes been able to find at least some open ice, something he wasnt able to do earlier in the series, and the Blackhawks are feeding off that. "We have to do the same things we did in the first four games, not the last two -- check hard and deny him the puck, and when he has the puck, give him the least amount of time possible," defenceman Willie Mitchell said. Now, this series between two powerhouses comes down to one final game, and both teams have come out on top in tough spots. The Kings are 6-0 in elimination games this year. The Blackhawks have won nine of their past 11 elimination games. "Competitive guys, they find a way," Quenneville said. "(Friday) night is a good example. Third period, it doesnt look good and they dont change their approach. We know we have some guys that can make plays and have some ability to score. ... Were playing a real good team that has a lot of similar attributes as we do, but we have to give our guys (credit for) what theyve done, what theyve accomplished and how they handle these situations." NOTE: Kings D Robyn Regehr remains sidelined by a knee injury and is not expected to be available on Sunday. Kyle Williams Jersey . According to the sportsbook BoDog, the Stampeders are 8/5 favourites to take home the Grey Cup at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on November 24. Shaq Lawson Jersey .Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seems to be leaning the fiscally responsible way.Let me put it like this: Its going to be a challenge, Jones said of re-signing both of Dallas biggest potential free agents. http://www.authenticbillsfanatic.com/c-8-customized.aspx . The Giants chances of winning the division were dealt a serious blow by the three-game sweep at the hands of the lowly Padres. The Giants open a three-game series at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. San Francisco is still in good shape to clinch a wild-card berth, although it dropped into a tie with Pittsburgh in the race for the top spot.HOUSTON - The Atlanta Hawks won for the 12th time in 13 games on Saturday night, beating the Houston Rockets 104-97. The victory gave the Hawks 19 wins this season.Theyre not quite ready to celebrate their success though.Weve had a nice start to the season, but the seasons only a couple of months old, Kyle Korver said. We had a losing record last year. We made the playoffs last year but we won 38 games. So by no means are we like happy with ourselves. But I think we feel good about what were building.Korver scored 22 points, including seven points late, to help the Hawks win on Saturday night.The game was tied with three minutes left before Atlanta used a 7-0 run to make it 97-90 with just under a minute to go. Korver hit one of his four 3-pointers during that run.Atlanta made seven free throws down the stretch, with four from Korver, to secure the victory.Korvers four free throws gave him 49 consecutive free throws without a miss to set a franchise record. The mark was previously held by Tom McMillan, who hit 47 in a row in 1978-79. Korvers last miss came on November 7.The Hawks led by 16 points, but Houston used a big third quarter to tie it entering the fourth. The teams stayed close throughout the fourth quarter, with the lead changing or the game being tied several times before Atlanta put it away in the final minutes.We were able to get a cushion which really helps you on the road, coach Mike Budenholzer said. And to keep our poise when they make a run back at us ... and find a way to get back in control of the game is a good sign for a team.Dwight Howard had 19 points and 11 rebounds and James Harden added 18 points with a season-high 14 assists for the Rockets who lost their second straight game.The last couple of games the ball hasnt been falling the way we wanted it to and the defence hasnt been where we need it to be, but we cant lose focus, Howard said.Al Horford and Paul Millsap added 14 points each for Atlanta.The Hawks scored seven consecutive points capped by a 3-pointeer from Korver that made it 81-76 early in the fourth quarter. Thurman Thomas Jersey. The Hawks led 67-54 with about five minutes left in the third quarter when Houston, which leads the league in 3-pointers, got hot from long range. The Rockets went on a 20-7 run to tie it at 74-74 entering the fourth thanks to four 3-pointers, including consecutive ones from Terry.Houston scored the first nine points of the third quarter to get within 52-49. Harden started it with a 3-pointer and helped cap it with an alley-oop to Howard. The Hawks couldnt do anything right in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the second quarter and had four turnovers.They finally got it together and used a 12-3 spurt to push the lead to 64-52 midway through the period.The Hawks led by eight points in the second quarter before scoring eight straight points to extend the lead to 47-31 with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half. Houston had a turnover and missed numerous shots, including a layup as Atlanta padded the lead.The Rockets finally got going after that, using a 9-1 run powered by three 3-pointers, to cut the lead to 48-40.Atlanta led 52-40 at halftime.___TIP-INSHawks: Jeff Teague missed his second straight game with a strained left hamstring. ... DeMarre Carroll had 13 points.Rockets: Terrence Jones (left leg nerve inflammation) remains out for Houston. ... Terry had four 3-pointers to give him 1,999 in his career. ... Houston scored a season-low 14 points and shot just 18.2 per cent in the second quarter.NEW FACES: New Rockets Corey Brewer and Alexey Shved, who were acquired in a three-team trade on Friday, were at the Toyota Center on Saturday night. But neither could play because Troy Daniels, who Houston traded to Minnesota in the deal hadnt yet taken his physical to finalize the trade. Brewer came to Houston from the Timberwolves and Shved was playing for the 76ers. 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