The Los Angeles Kings were unable to end the series against the Chicago Blackhawks on home ice Friday night, as the Blackhawks pushed for a Game 7 with a 4-3 victory. The series now tied 3-3 will head to United Center, Sunday 5:00 p.m., where the winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
The Kings will be the third team in history to play every possible game through three rounds, 21 total. It was done in 1993 by the Toronto Maple Leafs and 2002 by the Colorado Avalanche. The Maple Leafs ended up losing at home to the Kings and the Avalanche lost in Detroit to the Red Wings.
The Kings have Game 7 reputation, especially Mr. Game 7 himself, #14 Justin Williams. They have a combined record of 70-7 in Game 7 experience. Continuing on a positive note, the Kings have won six consecutive elimination games this postseason and lead the NHL with a average 3.40 goals per game in the postseason, scoring in 12 of the last 14 regulation periods.
The Kings came out with dominance and ready to close out the series, but it was the Blackhawks that were poised and composed, despite facing elimination.
But it was the Kings that struck first with a goal from Dwight King with assists to Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams, to end the first period in their favor, 1-0.
The second period started with a power play for the Blackhawks and finally, Patrick Kane was the one who scored the goal. That seemed to be what set fire to the Blackhawks, as they got another goal ending the second period in their favor with a 2-1 lead.
The Kings were not going to be quiet in the third, as they came out with two goals to start the period. It was defenseman that struck this time. First was a goal from Drew Doughty with assists to Dustin Brown and Mike Richards, and the second was a power play goal from Alec Martinez with the assist to Doughty.
However, the defending Cup Champions, struck two more times, once by Ducan Keith to tie the game, and finally the game winning goal by Patrick Kane.
Overall, the game was played equally by both teams. Some areas were more dominant by each team. It was expected as one team did everything to stay alive and the other to win.
Power Plays 1/2- 1/2
Hits 35- 48
Faceoff Wins 31- 30
Giveaways 16- 17
Takeaways 2- 2
Blocked Shots 19- 11