Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 3, Kings 1


CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at the United Center on Sunday.

How it happened: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith broke a 1-1 tie when his slap shot from near the blue line was deflected and bounced high into the net at 11:54 of the second period. The Blackhawks held a one-goal advantage until Jonathan Toews gave them a 3-1 lead at 16:10 of the third period. The Kings had tied the game 1-1 early in the second period when Tanner Pearson connected with Tyler Toffoli in front of the net for a goal at 4:35. The goal came 1:13 after the Blackhawks had a goal disallowed following a review. Brandon Saad scored Chicago's first goal when he deflected a shot by Nick Leddy into the net on a power play at 14:46 of the first period. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 25 saves on 26 shots. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 17 of 20 shots. The Blackhawks were 1-for-2 on the power play, while the Kings were 0-for-2.

What it means: The Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead in the series. They remained perfect at home in the playoffs, improving to 7-0 at the United Center. Possession favored the Kings in the final two periods. Crawford had a few highlight saves to help counter the Kings’ shot advantage. The Blackhawks were also fortunate Toffoli didn’t score when he had a breakaway and beat Crawford in the third period. Toffoli’s backhanded shot hit the post.

Player of the game: Crawford stepped up again. He held the Kings to one goal. He has held opponents to two goals or less in eight playoff games this season.

Stat of the game: Crawford stopped 16 of 17 shots in the second period.

What’s next: The series will take two days off before resuming for Game 2 in Chicago on Wednesday.