It was the Western Conference Finals of 2013 all over again as the Los Angeles Kings and defending Stanley Cup Champions the Chicago Blackhawks played a tough game, but with a few lucky chances the Blackhawks won 5-3 at STAPLES Center on Monday.
The Kings finally found the net and got some goals through, but with their luck some good shots that hit the post didn’t deflect into the net like the Blackhawks did. The Kings have won one game in their last 10 games but reached a two goal mark for the first time since January 21.
Some other sign of improvement on the Kings end was their strong physical play as they outhit the Blackhawks 36-10, dominated in faceoff wins 41-22, and outshot them 34-30.
The first period started off with a penalty against Drew Doughty 24 seconds into the game allowing the Blackhawks to gain two goals, one of which was on the power play. But hey wouldn’t keep that lead for long as Doughty fired a one-timer, putting the Kings on the board with a power play goal from Slava Voynov and Anze Kopitar.
In the second period Kopitar tied it up with a wrist shot from Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli. But the Blackhawks answered again gaining the lead once more.
The Blackhawks scored two more goals in the third period, and Toffoli tipped one in for the Kings from Carter and Kopitar. Despite the Kings trying their best, goaltender Jonathan Quick making some key saves and being pulled in the last minute thirty for the extra attacker the Kings weren’t able to catch up.
This was the last meeting between the two teams this season and the Blackhawks shutout the Kings 3-0 in the series.
With 66 points, 30-22-6, the Kings sit in third in the Pacific Division, sixth in the Western Conference and tenth in the league.
The Kings have one game left before the break for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and they will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at STAPLES Center, 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. It is Drew Doughty mini-locker night for all fans in attendance.
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