Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 3, Kings 2
June, 6, 2013
By Scott Powers
LOS ANGELES -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals at Staples Center on Thursday:
How it happened: The Blackhawks regained their offensive groove in Game 4 after being held to one goal in Game 3. Bryan Bickell sparked the Blackhawks' offense with a goal in the first period and an assist in the second period. Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane tied the game at 2-2 in the second period when he knocked in the puck in front of the net off assists from Bickell and Niklas Hjalmarsson. Marian Hossa provided the game winner when he received a pass from Michal Handzus off a rush and beat Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick with a powerful shot in the third period. The Kings jumped on the Blackhawks in the first period just as they did in Game 3. The Kings' Slava Voynov scored his seventh goal of the playoffs with a blast from near the blue line at 3:28 of the first period. The Kings scored at 3:21 of the first period in Game 3. Dustin Penner scored the Kings' other goal. The Kings were 0-for-5 on the power play, and the Blackhawks were 0-for-2.
Player of the game: Bickell has recorded at least a point in every game of the Kings series. He has eight goals and three assists in 16 playoff games this season.
What it means: The Blackhawks take a 3-1 advantage in the series. It was the first time the Kings lost at Staples Center during the playoffs. The Kings fell to 7-1 at home. The Blackhawks were hoping to get Kane going again in Game 4. He hadn't scored in the series and hadn't had a goal in his previous eight games.
What's next: The series returns to Chicago for Game 6 at 7 p.m. CT Saturday. The Blackhawks are 8-1 at the United Center in the playoffs, and the Kings are 1-7 on the road.