The Los Angeles Kings gained their third straight win in a row conquering the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Monday at STAPLES Center. The Kings lead the series 3-1 now as the defending Cup Champions struggle to keep the series alive.
When you put the 2012 and 2013 Stanley Cup Champions together in the Western Conference final you expect to see a hard series but the Kings are making it look easy, dominating Chicago and not giving them a chance to attack whenever they did get to the puck.
Chicago- Los Angeles
Power Plays 0/3- 2/3
Hits 30- 33
Faceoff Wins 24- 33
Blocked Shots 12- 23
Jonathan Quick was in net for the Kings carrying the team on his shoulders with 19 saves and Corey Crawford was in net for the Blackhawks making 14 saves.
The Blackhawks have been striking early in every game, but this time it was the Kings. The Kings ended the first period with a 3-0 nothing lead with a power play goal from Jake Muzzin, a goal from Marian Gaborik, and a power play goal from Captain Dustin Brown.
The second period started with a goal from Drew Doughty, and finally the Blackhawks got a goal putting them on the scoreboard.
The third period had an early goal from the Blackhawks and ended with a empty net goal from Tanner Pearson.
Third star of the game was Jarret Stoll who was just impeccable with his face-off wins, Jake Muzzin, and number one was Anze Kopitar.
One more win and the Kings get a ticket to the Stanley Cup Final, and five more games and they can be the Champions.
The series shifts back to Chicago on Wednesday, 5: 00 p.m. at United Center.