It’s been quite the turnaround for the visitors; they were getting outplayed in the opening period until a Marian Hossa power-play goal tied the game and took some energy from the Kings.
The Hawks took their first lead in the second period on another power-play goal, this time by Patrick Sharp. Jonathan Toews found Patrick Kane who sent the puck cross ice for a Sharp one-timer. It’s a sequence the Hawks have used on the power play often this year.
But just as the Hawks were getting outplayed, yet tied the game late in the first, the Kings did the same in the second. Ryan Smith was getting back into play after a player change, but with a Hawks turnover, he was already behind the defense to accept a pass for a breakaway to tie the game again.
After being outshot 12-6 in the first 20 minutes, the Hawks only allowed six shots in the second while getting 11 of their own. It was a much better period for the Blackhawks.