Rapid Reaction: Kings 3, Blackhawks 1
June, 4, 2013
By Scott Powers
LOS ANGELES -- Here's a quick look at the Los Angeles Kings' 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals at Staples Center on Tuesday.
How it happened: The Kings slowed the Blackhawks' offense to a near halt. The Blackhawks were held to just 20 shots on goal, their lowest total of the playoffs. The Blackhawks had seven shots on goal in the first period and just 12 more over the next two periods. Justin Williams put the Kings ahead 1-0 with a goal from the left circle at 3:21 of the first period. Slava Voynov scored the second goal at 6:37 of the second period to put the Kings ahead 2-0. The Blackhawks were held to three shots on goal in the second period. One of those shots, a wrap-around by Bryan Bickell, found the net with 35.6 seconds remaining in the period to pull his team within a goal. The Kings' Dwight King added an empty-netter with 27.3 seconds left in the third period. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick bounced back with 19 saves after allowing four goals and being pulled from the second period of Game 2. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had 25 saves.
Player of the game: Voynov had a goal and an assist in the win. He has five goals in the playoffs.
What it means: The Kings continued to play their best in the playoffs at home. They improved to 8-0 at Staples Center in the playoffs this season with Tuesday's win. They trimmed the Blackhawks' series advantage to 2-1. The Blackhawks have had some struggles on the road in the playoffs. They're now 2-4 on the road in the playoffs.
What's next: The series remains in Los Angeles for Game 4 on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT.