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Series really kicks into gear with Game 2

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A. Puck possession has been a strength for Los Angeles. How concerned are you about that?

Q. I think when you get to this point you've got some darned good hockey teams in each series. At times L.A. is going to dominate the play and have offensive zone time. They've got some world-class players over in that locker room.

When you look at guys like (Anze) Kopitar, they are big and they protect the puck well and they are going to spend time in the offensive zone.

There are going to be ups and downs, and which team weathers the storm when the other team makes a strong push is the team that's going to survive this series.

Q. What do you think about the possible return of Andrew Shaw?

A. The Blackhawks would love to have a guy like Shaw in the lineup. He's an energetic guy who brings a lot of elements to the table. He's a big part of the power play who stands in front of the net. He's a guy who plays playoff hockey and gets his nose dirty.

Whether he gets in (Game 2) or later in the series if they think he needs another day or two, he's a big part of the team.

Q. Do you expect to see a more refreshed or energetic Kings team in Game 2?

A. I think so. In my mind, Chicago had to win that first game. They put the first one in the bank, and both of these teams had an opportunity to use the two days in between to their advantage.

Now we have two refreshed teams ready to go, and in my mind the series really starts now.

Q. Coach Joel Quenneville gets a lot of credit for his line adjustments, but Darryl Sutter also has a lot of experience. What do you expect from him?

A. You make different adjustments throughout a series. There's always a chess match going on in the series, and I really believe you have two of the best guys in the National Hockey League -- two guys who have won the last Stanley Cups -- going against each other.

They know how to get different matchups to work in their favor, and they know what they're looking for when they tinker with different combinations. They both have very deep teams, and they are not afraid to move someone up and change things.

• Troy Murray is in his 14th year as a member of the Blackhawks broadcast team and his ninth year as the color analyst for the team's radio broadcasts. The Selke Award winner was a five-time 20-goal scorer and a veteran of 15 years in the NHL, playing in 915 career games.

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