CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 01: Goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings defends his net as Viktor Stalberg #25 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks to control the puck in the first period of Game One of the Western Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 1, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Rough goal didn’t shake ‘Hawks from their gameplan

The Chicago Blackhawks managed to outshoot the Los Angeles Kings 17-2 in the first period, but were down 1-0 after conceding a hard to swallow goal.

That had the potential to be a demoralizing and game changing incident, but the Blackhawks didn’t let it get under their skin.

“Obviously it’s not the score we’d like after a first period, but we knew there was a lot of hockey left to be played,” Chicago’s Duncan Keith said. “We were happy with the way we played other than that goal.”

Keith added that he thought they “did a good job just sticking with it, regrouping after that period, knowing that we had a pretty strong period. Just tried to keep going from that, stick with it.”

For a team that didn’t deal with a ton of adversity during the regular season, they certainly are responding ideally to it in the playoffs. They bounced back from a 3-1 series deficit against Detroit in the second round and were able to stay focused after a controversial disallowed goal late in Game 7.

That should be a big asset against the Los Angeles Kings because odds are most of the games in this series are going to go down to the wire.

Teuvo time: Teravainen to open with Toews, Hossa

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Teuvo Teravainen has played both center and right wing over the course of his brief NHL career.

Now, he’s got a new position — left wing — and a pair of shiny new linemates to boot.

Teravainen will open the year playing alongside captain Jonathan Toews and right wing Marian Hossa, per the Sun-Times.

The move could be a boon for the young Finn. Several ex-Chicago wingers thrived playing alongside Toews and Hossa, most notably Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of production Teravainen, who just turned 21 last month, can manufacture on Chicago’s top line. His numbers from last year weren’t spectacular (nine points in 34 games), but he did a solid job of racking up points en route to the Stanley Cup, with 10 in 18 games.

It’ll also be interesting to see how long he sticks with Toews and Hossa.

Head coach Joel Quenneville has been known as a frequent user of the line blender, often switching up his combos at at moment’s notice.

That said, Quenneville is hoping to find some stability with this new-look group.

“[Teuvo will] play there to start the season,” he said. “Hopefully, all year.”

‘Great story’ Janmark surprises, makes Dallas roster

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Pretty cool story out of Texas, where Mattias Janmark, the 22-year-old rookie that’s played a grand total of nine games in North America, has defied the odds to make the Stars’ opening-night roster.

“It’s a great story,” Dallas GM Jim Nill said, per the Morning News. “We really only planned to have him here for maybe two preseason games and then send him back. But he just kept being one of the best players out there, and he changed our minds.

“It’s a great example of what you can do if you just play hard.”

Nill acquired Janmark, 22, from Detroit at last year’s deadline as part of the Erik Cole trade. Nill was familiar with the Swedish forward from his time with the Wings — he was part of the front office team that drafted Janmark in ’13 — but didn’t think the deal would pay such immediate dividends.

As for Janmark, he didn’t even think he’d be in North America this year.

He has a contract with SHL club Frolunda, where he scored 36 points in 55 games last year. Given he’s barely played in the AHL — a few games with Grand Rapids, a few with Texas — Janmark figured he’d be back in Europe this season.

His strong play in the exhibition season changed all that. Janmark beat out two of Dallas’ touted prospects — former AHL rookie of the year Curtis McKenzie, and ’12 first-rounder Radek Faksa — for a roster spot, and showed good chemistry with third-line center Cody Eakin.

Janmark also performed well on a line with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky.