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Thursday, May 22, 2014
By the numbers: Hawks-Kings (Game 2)

By Scott Powers

CHICAGO -- Here's a look by the numbers at the Los Angeles Kings' 6-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals:

• The Blackhawks suffered their first home loss in eight playoff games this season. The Kings also had never previously defeated the Blackhawks at home in the playoffs and improved 1-7 in Chicago in the playoffs.

• Kings forward Jeff Carter recorded his second career playoff hat trick. His last one came against the Phoenix Coyotes on May 15, 2012. He has the Kings' last two playoff hat tricks. Before him, Wayne Gretzky had the Kings' last playoff hat trick in 1993, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

• Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has stopped 268-of-281 shots for a .954 save percentage in nine playoff wins this season. He's had a .849 save percentage (157-of-185 shots) in their seven losses.

• The Kings' five third-period goals matched the most goals the Blackhawks have given up in a single period this season. The Blackhawks also allowed five goals in the third period against the Nashville Predators in the regular-season finale.

• The Kings won 43-of-70 faceoffs. Anze Kopitar and Jarret Stoll combined to win 29-of-43 faceoffs. Marcus Kruger was the only Blackhawks player to win more than 50 percent of his faceoffs. He won 5-of-8.

• The Blackhawks had nine players with a Corsi better than 50 percent, according to extraskater.com. Brandon Saad led the Blackhawks with a 76.5 Corsi percentage (the Blackhawks had 13 shots for and four against with him on the ice in 5-on-5 situations). The Blackhawks' third line (Patrick Sharp-Peter Regin-Kris Versteeg) had the team's worst possession numbers. Versteeg had a team-low 16.7 Corsi percentage (three shots for, 15 against).

• The Kings had nine players with a Corsi better than 50 percent. Alec Martinez had a 72 Corsi percentage (18 shots for, seven against). Kyle Clifford had a team-low 25.0 Corsi percentage (three shots for, nine against).

• Blackhawks forwards Ben Smith and Brandon Bollig didn't have an offensive zone start. Kings forward Dwight King didn't have a defensive zone start.

• The Kings blocked 17 shots. Defenseman Jake Muzzin had a game-high four blocked shots.

• The Blackhawks gave the Kings four power plays. The Blackhawks have given opponents four or more power plays in seven of 14 playoff games this season. The Blackhawks' penalty kill allowed its second and third power-play goals at home in the playoffs this season. The Blackhawks have killed 46-of-52 penalties (88.5 percent) in the playoffs. The Kings have scored 13 power-play goals on 54 chances (24.1 percent) in the playoffs.

• Blackhawks forwards Sharp and Marian Hossa combined for seven shots on goal. They have combined for 98 shots on goal in the playoffs. Sharp has two goals on 44 shots for a 4.5 shooting percentage, and Hossa has two goals on 54 shots for a 3.7 shooting percentage. The two players finished first and second in goals (Sharp with 34, Hossa with 30) for the Blackhawks during the regular season.

• Kings defenseman Drew Doughty played a game-high 27:29. He's averaging 27:21 of ice time in the playoffs. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith played a team-high 25:36 and is averaging 27:26 for the playoffs.