Six unanswered goals, a hat trick, 25 saves and a BIG win, was everything and more the Kings could’ve asked for. The Kings gave the Blackhawks their first playoff loss on home ice this season. Before Wednesday the Kings were 0-7 all-time against the Blackhawks on the road during the post game season, dating back to 1974.
The first two periods the Kings were playing great but nothing was happening, bad opportunities, missed shots, and four penalties.
However, from the start of the third period to the end of the game the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions were back! From phenomenal saves by Jonathan Quick and sniper goals that were unstoppable by the defending Stanley Cup Champions goaltender Corey Crawford.
Los Angeles – Chicago
Shots 31- 25
Power Plays 2/4- 1/4
Hits 35- 23
Faceoff Wins 43- 27
Blocked Shots 17- 13
The first period ended 1-0 in favor of the Blackhawks, form a power play goal.
The second period started with a Blackhawks goal and ended with a goal from Justin Williams assisted by Mike Richards and Dwight King to put the Kings on the score board.
However from the start of the third period on, it was all about the Kings. They dominated not just with goals but overall on the ice, not giving the Blackhawks a chance.
First goal was a power play goal from Jeff Carter with assist to Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov. Second goal was a power play goal from Jake Muzzin with assists to Alec Martinez and Marian Gaborik. Third goal came from a nice set-up by Tanner Pearson and Carter, and with his speedy sniper-esque shot Tyler Toffoli fired it in. The fourth goal came from Carter with assists to Pearson and Matt Greene. And finally with four minutes left in the game the Blackhawks pulled Crawford, and Carter got a unassisted empty net goal to give him a hat trick.
The series comes to STAPLES Center for Game 3 and 4. Game 3 is on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
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