After the 2nd period: Chicago Blackhawks 1, Kings 0
The good: The Kings are losing by only a goal. They were outshot, 10-3, and were provided an up-close demonstration on how to play in the defensive zone, especially with a one-goal lead. The Kings even lost a fight, badly. At least they will be on the power play the first 45 seconds of the third period. They could really use a goal.
The bad: Jack Johnson, who came in with a minus-10 rating in the last six games, whiffed on a shot that was deflected back to him at the point, leading to a 2-on-1 by Chicago heading in the other direction. Patrick Sharp passed to Patrick Kane, then got the puck back and scored on Jonathan Quick for his 15th goal of the season and fifth in the last six games. The Kings also have 15 giveaways, led by Justin Williams with three. Quick saved Williams after one especially bad turnover in his own zone, leading to a point blank shot by Jonathan Toews, who usually doesn’t miss from that close.
The in between: Few hockey players have the guts to take on Chicago enforcer John Scott, who is listed at 6 feet 8, 252 pounds. He has such a tough time finding dance partners, the Blackhawks haven’t bothered dressing him since Nov. 10. But they were probably aware of Kings enforcer Kevin Westgarth, the 6-4, 230-pound forward who is always looking to spark his team with a good beating. Unfortunately for him, he took most of the shots from Scott, causing him to tap out as blood began to flow down his face. The Blackhawks will probably enjoy talking about that on the plane ride home.