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Crawford makes 25 saves as Blackhawks beat Kings 3-1 in Game 1 of Western Conference final

  • Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jeff Schultz (55) collides with Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) and Jonathan Toews during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jeff Schultz (55) collides with Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) and Jonathan Toews during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane (88), right, controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings' Jeff Carter (77) during the first period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane (88), right, controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings' Jeff Carter (77) during the first period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20), Marian Hossa (81) and Kris Versteeg (23) celebrate Saad's goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) as Jeff Schultz (55) skates away during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20), Marian Hossa (81) and Kris Versteeg (23) celebrate Saad's goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) as Jeff Schultz (55) skates away during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

Corey Crawford made 25 saves, Jonathan Toews had a big goal in the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 in Game 1 of the Western Conference final Sunday.

Brandon Saad added a goal and an assist for Chicago, which remained perfect in seven home playoff games this year. Duncan Keith had a tiebreaking score in the third period.

Playing just two days after a Game 7 victory over Anaheim, the Kings got a second-period goal from Tyler Toffoli and outshot the Blackhawks 26-20. But Crawford made a couple of solid stops in another terrific performance.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night.