Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 2, Kings 1
Here's a look at the Hawks win on Saturday night.
How it happened: The Hawks never trailed, taking a 1-0 lead after the first period and a 2-1 lead after two. Andrew Brunette made a skilled move on a wrap-around score in the first, and after the Kings tied it in the second Jonathan Toews won a draw and finished a scoring chance after a Duncan Keith point shot. Other than giving up the lone Kings’ goal Corey Crawford was solid in net to earn the win. The Hawks had the better scoring chances but missed on a 2-on-0 in the second and Bryan Bickell had a mini-breakaway in the third he couldn’t covert. The Kings had a few quality chances in the third, but Corey Crawford held strong.
What it means: The Hawks finished the circus trip on a high note, going 3-3 overall while winning the final two games. In this case, losing badly in two defeats may have taught the Hawks more than going down in a close game. They learned they have to focus on defense. They did that for much of the final three games despite a blip or two against Anaheim. The finale was a solid road effort: They took the lead and didn’t give up many chances and responded quickly after Los Angeles tied it. Duncan Keith has had his ups and downs on the trip but had assists on both Hawks’ goals.
What’s next: The Hawks finally head home putting another circus trip behind them. They’ll have a practice day on Monday before hosting the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.