Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 2, Kings 1
June, 1, 2013
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at the United Center on Saturday.
How it happened: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick held off the Blackhawks for a period and a half before the Blackhawks’ offensive assault got to him. The Blackhawks scored consecutive goals within a four-minute span in the second period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp scored the first goal off a rebound from a Johnny Oduya shot. Marian Hossa scored the second goal when he redirected a shot by Duncan Keith. The Blackhawks had 31 shots on goal through two periods and finished with 36. Quick made 34 saves.
The Kings' offense wasn’t as consistent. The Kings had 22 shots on Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, who had 21 saves. The Kings were outshot 17-2 in the first period, but one of the Kings’ two shots found the net. Justin Williams scored off a Blackhawks turnover and the Kings went ahead 1-0 at 14:23 of the first period. The Blackhawks had 18 takeaways.
Player of the game: Sharp had a quiet regular season because of a shoulder injury, but he’s made up for it in a big way in the playoffs. He scored his NHL-leading eighth goal of the playoffs.
What it means: The Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead in the series. They improved to 7-1 at home during the playoffs, and the Kings fell to 1-6 on the road. The Blackhawks’ penalty kill continued to key their playoff success. They have killed 42 of 43 penalties and are 23-for-23 at home in the playoffs.
What’s next: Neither team will have much time to make adjustments after Game 1. They’ll be back on the ice for Game 2 at 7 p.m. on Sunday. It’s the first time either team has had back-to-back games during this season’s playoffs.