Kings' Quick shuts out Blackhawks

December, 28, 2011
12/28/11
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks were shut out for the fourth time this year and plenty of credit goes to Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

But the Hawks didn’t challenge him until they were down 2-0 and Los Angeles was trying to hold on.

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Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty ImagesThe Blackhawks' John Scott pushes into the Kings' Slava Voynov.
“Give him credit,” Jonathan Toews said. “He’s a good goaltender. He made some pretty good stops out there but you have to say he had a horseshoe you-know-where on a few of those plays.”

But the Hawks aren’t off the hook just because Quick was good and lucky. They played a lousy second period.

“That was probably the part of the game where they took it to us and had the momentum,” Toews said. “That’s our let up. That’s kind of where they took control of the game.”

Still, the Hawks finished with 38 shots but not one got past Quick. Patrick Kane had three but missed the net five more times and had three more shots blocked.

“Johnny was feeding me like a baby out there,” Kane said. “I had some chances. It’s definitely frustrating.”

And though coach Joel Quenneville complained about the referees, he clearly didn’t miss the obvious.

“We still had a lot of chances at the other end,” Quenneville said. “Unfortunately, you’re not going to win a game when you don’t score a goal,” he said.

Slappers

  • Corey Crawford stopped a penalty-shot attempt from Kings forward Mike Richards in the second period. He has stopped all five penalty shots faced in his career, including two this season (Eric Staal on Oct. 28 at Carolina).

  • Toews won 70 percent of his faceoffs.

  • Patrick Sharp had a team-high eight shots on net.

  • The Hawks totaled 20 shots in the first two periods combined while amassing 18 in the third.

  • The Hawks’ season-high five-game home winning streak was snapped.
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    Chicago Cubs beat reporter
    Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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    TEAM LEADERS

    POINTS
    Patrick Sharp
    PTS GOALS AST +/-
    4 2 2 0
    OTHER LEADERS
    GoalsP. Sharp 2
    AssistsJ. Toews 3
    +/-J. Oduya 5
    GAAC. Crawford 1.66