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Kings forward Dustin Brown stands triumphant after scoring LA's third goal of the first period as the Chicago Blackhawks faced the Los Angeles Kings in game four of the Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals at Staples Center, Monday, May 26, 2014 in Los Angeles. Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook watches. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Joel Quenneville says Blackhawks aren't tired

LOS ANGELES -- When the Blackhawks took the ice against the Kings for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, it was their 16th postseason game. That followed 82 regular-season games and six exhibitions. In addition, 10 Blackhawks participated in the Winter Olympics, making for a whole lot of hockey since October.

So does Chicago coach Joel Quenneville see any fatigue from his team?

"None, no, not at all," Quenneville said before the game Monday. "Something like that, we would feel it, see it, and I'm not giving in to that one."

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said as the seasons go by, he better equips himself for the rigors of playing so many games.

"You learn a little bit more about yourself, what makes you go as a player, every single year," Toews said. "Last year was a different situation than I was in in maybe 2010. This year, I learned from what I went through in the postseason last year. Individually, you understand those little things you could maybe do differently in hindsight and try to improve upon it."

Speed limit: The Kings' second line of Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson was the catalyst in come-from-behind victories in Games 2 and 3. Quenneville shot down a question about needing more speed to contain the trio.

"I don't know about speed," he said. "They've had some ones off the rush. To me, that's one race where we should've been there. Couple quick, low plays, couple pressing. Doesn't matter who's out there. We'll work more on the offensive side of things, and I think the bulk of their chances happen when we've opened it up."

Crawford support: Goaltender Corey Crawford gave up nine goals in Games 2 and 3 and three more in the first period Monday. Quenneville said that's more a product of the Kings' talent than any deficiency from Crawford.

"He's been excellent for us all playoffs," Quenneville said. "(The Kings have) some guys, we saw even in the first game, who can make plays and have some finish. They have two lines that are very dangerous offensively and a back end that's pretty active. It's a good team, so let's make sure on the quality and quantity (of chances), we cut back."

New look: In an effort to jump-start the Hawks' struggling power play, which entered Game 4 with one score in 21 opportunities during road playoff games, Quenneville unveiled new units.

Brent Seabrook replaced Patrick Sharp on the top unit and skated with Toews, Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw. The second unit was Sharp, Marian Hossa, Bryan Bickell, Brandon Saad and Nick Leddy.

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