Sunday, June 2, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 4, Kings 2
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 of their Western Conference finals series at the United Center on Sunday.
How it happened: The Blackhawks scored four goals on Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick in less than a period and a half, and Quick was pulled from the game at 9:20 of the second period. Quick came into the game with a 1.54 goals-against average. The Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw and Brent Seabrook scored in the first period, and Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus added goals in the second period. The Blackhawks allowed their first power-play goal at home in 27 chances in the playoffs this season. The Kings’ lineup took a major hit when Mike Richards was a late scratch prior to the game because of an upper-body injury. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 29 saves. Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli scored the Kings’ goals.
Player of the game: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith provided another all-around game. He led the Blackhawks in minutes and contributed on the power play and penalty kill. He had a plus-2 rating for the game.
What it means: The Blackhawks took care of business at home and have a 2-0 lead in the series. The Blackhawks played a complete team game in Sunday’s win. They got contributions up and down the lineup, they killed penalties, they scored a power-play goal, and Crawford was solid. The Blackhawks also proved Quick can be beat in the playoffs. Quick hadn’t allowed four goals in a playoff game since 2011. Richards has been a key piece to the Kings’ success, and they’ll need him if they’re going to come back in this series.
What’s next: The series moves to Los Angeles for the next two games. Game 3 will be on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Central. The Kings are 7-0 at home in the playoffs this season, and the Blackhawks are 2-3 on the road.