Chicago Blackhawks on a roll

Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa celebrates his second period goal against the Los Angeles Kings as...

Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa celebrates his second period goal against the Los Angeles Kings as teammate Jonathan Toews looks on during Game 1 of their NHL Western Conference final hockey playoff game in Chicago, Illinois, June 1, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

RANDY SPORTAK, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:33 PM ET

CHICAGO -- Funny how life can change so drastically, so fast in the NHL playoffs.

A little over a week ago, the Chicago Blackhawks were on the verge of being upset in the Stanley Cup tournament.

On the heels of a one-sided Game 2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings that has the Blackhawks ahead 2-0 in the best-of-seven Western Conference final, the regular-season champs now look darn near unbeatable.

"In our second game at home against Detroit we kind of took it easy and thought it would be an easy series," Hawks winger Bryan Bickell recounted of the stretch when his team suddenly found itself down 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings in the second round. "To come back and to keep momentum out of that series into these last few games, it's important going to L.A.


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