Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 3, Kings 1
December, 15, 2013
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center on Sunday.
How it happened: The Blackhawks ceased the Kings’ 18-game streak of not allowing a first-period goal by lighting up the Kings for three goals in the first. Marian Hossa began the scoring parade by converting on a short-handed chance at 5:45 of the first period. Kris Versteeg scored the second goal on an odd-man rush at 9:59. Patrick Sharp closed out the first-period scoring with a power-play goal at 19:31. Alex Martinez scored the Kings’ lone goal at 16:06 of the third period.
Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta stopped 21 of 22 shots. Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens made 37 saves.
What it means: The Blackhawks responded how they hoped after losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Saturday. Raanta played a large role in that. He was pulled after allowing five goals through two periods Saturday. The Blackhawks improved to 24-7-5 with 53 points, and the Kings fell to 22-8-4. The Kings entered the game with a six-game winning streak. The Blackhawks extended their streak of games with a power-play goal to nine.
Patrick Kane also extended his points streak to eight games. He has registered points in 19 of the past 20 games. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville won his 684th career regular-season game and moved into a tie with Pat Quinn for the fourth on the NHL’s all-time wins list.
Player of the game: Jonathan Toews had the primary assist on Hossa’s and Sharp’s goals and won 10 of 13 faceoffs.
Stat of the game: Defenseman Brent Seabrook led the Blackhawks with a plus-two rating. He had a minus-three rating on Saturday.
What’s next: The Blackhawks travel to play the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. The Predators defeated the Blackhawks 7-2 in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 16.