Blackhawks are deadly when scoring first

May, 19, 2014
May 19
12:29
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Finals
Blackhawks 3, Kings 1 (Blackhawks lead series 1-0)

* Blackhawks: only team to remain undefeated at home in postseason (7-0)
* Blackhawks: 8-0 in postseason when scoring game's 1st goal; teams that score first are now 28-1 (.966) since the start of the second round
* Jonathan Toews (CHI): 6th goal of playoffs; matches playoff total of past 3 seasons combined
* Marian Hossa (CHI): 2 assists (10, 11); tied for 2nd in 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs (Anze Kopitar, 14)
* Jonathan Quick (LA): 1-5 career vs Blackhawks in playoffs; only team he has losing postseason record against

FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: The Chicago Blackhawks, who beat Los Angeles in five games in last year's Western Conference finals, recorded a 3–1 win over the Kings in the opening game of this year's Western Conference finals series. This is only the fifth repeat matchup of a conference finals (or semifinals, as the third round was called before 1982) in consecutive playoff years since 1979. The others were the Edmonton Oilers and Detroit Red Wings in 1987 and 1988, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins in 1991 and 1992, Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings in 1996 and 1997, and Colorado and Dallas Stars in 1999 and 2000.

FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Corey Crawford made 25 saves as he led the Blackhawks to their home-ice win against the Kings. Crawford is 6–3 with a 1.65 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in nine career series-opening playoff games (and four of those nine games went to overtime: two wins, two losses). All six wins were in Chicago and all three losses were on the road.

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