The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks faced off in the Western Conference Final for the second year in a row at United Center on Sunday. The Kings fell 3-1 to the Blackhawks in Game 1.
The Blackhawks took the Kings in Game 5 last year and went on to win the Stanley Cup but the Kings were in a different position last year and they are a much stronger team this year.
Though the score is in favor of the Blackhawks, the Kings dominated the ice. It was a great Game 1 but it’ll have to be an outstanding game for the Kings to take this series.
The Blackhawks had a few days of rest before they welcomed the Kings but the Kings had less than 48 hours to prepare after dominating the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7.
Jonathan Quick was in net for the Kings making 17 saves and Corey Crawford was in net for the Blackhawks making 25 saves.
The Kings had defenseman Willie Mitchell return to the line-up after being out due to a lower body injury, and Matt Greene was a healthy scratch in his place. Robyn Regehr has not yet practiced, and is still out due to an undisclosed injury.
Shots 26 20
Power Plays 0/2 1/2
Hits 34 25
Faceoff Wins 31 31
Blocked Shots 15 25
The first period ended 1-0 in favor of the Blackhawks who scored a power play goal.
The second period started with the one and only goal from the Kings by Tyler Toffoli with assists to Tanner Pearson and Jeff Carter. Then came another goal from the Blackhawks.
With four minutes remaining in the third period the Blackhawks got their third and final goal of the night to take the 3-1 victory.
Game 2 is on Wednesday at United Center, 5:00 p.m.Tags: Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL