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Blackhawks chase Quick, take 2-0 lead on Kings

Jun 3, 2013 - 4:25 AM
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Corey Crawford posted 29 saves and 10 different Blackhawks registered at least one point in Chicago's 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals from United Center.

Andrew Shaw, Brent Seabrook, Michal Handzus and Bryan Bickell each scored once, while Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad added a pair of assists apiece to help the Blackhawks grab a 2-0 series lead.

"We're cycling the puck well," Shaw said. "We're going to the net and taking pucks to the dirty areas. We're rewarded that way."

Tyler Toffoli tallied a goal and an assist for the Kings in place of an injured Mike Richards, who skated in pregame warmups but was unable to play after taking a big hit from Chicago's Dave Bolland late in the third period of LA's 2-1 setback in Game 1.

"I talked to him for a minute before the game," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said of Richards. "I didn't feel and he didn't feel he should play, either."

Jeff Carter registered the other goal for the Kings, while starting goaltender Jonathan Quick gave up four goals on 17 shots before being removed near the midpoint of the second period.

Jonathan Bernier stopped all nine shots he faced in relief for the defending champion Kings, who will look to get back on track Tuesday when the series shifts to Los Angeles for Game 3.

Chicago struck twice in the opening frame, with Shaw starting the scoring just 1:56 into the contest.

Saad made a nice play to keep the puck in the LA zone along the left boards before feeding the disc to Viktor Stalberg. Stalberg then found a cutting Shaw, who buried the disc in the back of the net from the low right side.

The Blackhawks doubled their edge with under a minute remaining when Seabrook rifled a shot from the right faceoff dot that beat Quick to the far side to make it 2-0 with 50.4 seconds left.

Chicago netted a pair of goals in a 2:09 span near the midpoint of the second to extend the lead.

After LA winger Dwight King was whistled for tripping at the 5:28 mark, Sharp fired a shot from the high slot that was knocked down in front, but with his back to the net, Bickell was able to pound the rebound past Quick for a 3-0 lead at 7:11.

Chicago pushed the lead to 4-0 just over two minutes later when Sharp touched the puck to Handzus, who skated into the slot before ripping a shot past the blocker-side of Quick.

The Kings finally cracked the scoreboard late in the second stanza when Carter blasted a one-timer from the low left circle that beat Crawford high to the short-side to make it 4-1 with 1:03 left in the period.

Toffoli potted a power-play tally with 1:02 left in the contest, but it was too little, too late, as the Blackhawks held on for the victory.

Game Notes

Chicago improved to 8-1 at home during the playoffs ... LA also trailed the St. Louis Blues 2-0 in their quarterfinal series before storming back to win that set ... The Kings went 1-for-4 on the power play ... Chicago had killed off all 26 power plays at home this postseason before Toffoli's goal late in the third.

  • 236 I think the B'Hawks in 5. The Kings will try to warm up in Game 3, where it'll be sorta close like Game 1,and then Game 4, a shutout by Quick. And Game 5, the B'Hawks at a shot vs. Boston/Pittsburgh.

    Kings 2, Blackhawks 4  FinalJun 3 7:22 AM
  • KingHockeyMan 4 - 2 final...Kings get 2 in 3rd...1 early 1 late...was not close. LAKings going home. I doubt it'll be a big advantage. But home sweet home does helps out. Could be a sweep for the BHawks. We'll see. PEACE O-U-T...Good night!

    Kings 2, Blackhawks 4  FinalJun 2 11:04 PM

    CHICAGO: 4

    Jun 2 10:42 PM

  • Los Angeles Power-Play Goal - Tyler Toffoli (2), at 18:57.

    Kings 2, Blackhawks 4  3rd - 1:03Jun 2 10:41 PM
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    Kings 2, Blackhawks 4  3rd - 1:03Jun 2 10:41 PM

    CHICAGO: 4
    End of 2nd

    Jun 2 9:43 PM

  • Los Angeles Goal - Jeff Carter (6), at 18:57.

    Kings 1, Blackhawks 4  2nd - 1:03Jun 2 9:41 PM
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    Kings 0, Blackhawks 4  2nd - 8:55Jun 2 9:27 PM
  • KingHockeyMan I won't say 1 word., so I'll type 4 - 0. The party's over for the Kings. Will be down 2 games to 0. J Quick the Kings goalie. Looks a bit slow tonight. PEACE OUT!

    Kings 0, Blackhawks 4  2nd - 10:40Jun 2 9:23 PM

  • Chicago Goal - Michal Handzus (2), at 9:20.

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  • Tyler Toffoli slap shot is wide.

    Kings 0, Blackhawks 3  2nd - 11:21Jun 2 9:21 PM
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    Kings 0, Blackhawks 3  2nd - 11:21Jun 2 9:21 PM

  • Patrick Kane wrist shot on Jonathan Quick.

    Kings 0, Blackhawks 2  2nd - 12:53Jun 2 9:21 PM
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    Kings 0, Blackhawks 2  2nd - 12:53Jun 2 9:21 PM
  • KingHockeyMan Ok, this is all but over. 3 - 0 Hawks. This was a PP goal. So Kings have back against the proverbial wall. They need a PP or 2 or a good 5 on 5 goal. PEACE!

    Kings 0, Blackhawks 3  2nd - 12:49Jun 2 9:18 PM

  • Chicago Power-Play Goal - Bryan Bickell (3), from Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp at 7:11.

    Kings 0, Blackhawks 3  2nd - 12:49Jun 2 9:17 PM
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  • KingHockeyMan @Christina - Depending where you live. Use your local teams site or try Googling/Bing live feed in your area. ;-)... .

    Kings 0, Blackhawks 2  End of 1stJun 2 8:52 PM

    CHICAGO: 2
    End of 1st

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  • KingHockeyMan See how the LAKings cannot pinch off the Hawks Wingers on or near the top or 1/2 boards? SPEED KILLS AGAIN! 2 - 0!

    Kings 0, Blackhawks 2  1st - 0:52Jun 2 8:48 PM

  • Chicago Goal - Bryan Bickell (6), at 19:08.

    Kings 0, Blackhawks 2  1st - 0:52Jun 2 8:47 PM
  • Christina McLaughlin- Katschke how can you watch this game live on the computer?

    Kings 0, Blackhawks 1  1st - 9:36Jun 2 8:33 PM
  • Chris Reid kings play smart if you want to get back in the game and the series

    Kings 0, Blackhawks 1  1st - 13:25Jun 2 8:24 PM
  • KingHockeyMan What did I tell ya boyz! SPEED KILLS! Hawks are nasty nasty on "O" w/speed. PEACE!

    Kings 0, Blackhawks 1  1st - 18:04Jun 2 8:14 PM

  • Chicago Goal - Andrew Shaw, at 1:56.

    Kings 0, Blackhawks 1  1st - 18:04Jun 2 8:13 PM

    CHICAGO: 0
    1st Period - 20:00

    Jun 2 8:10 PM
  • KingHockeyMan It is a slim margin 52% BHawks vs 48% LAKings. The key here again is speed through in 3-areas. 1-lanes, 2-neutral zone. & 3-along mid-ice boards up to 1/2- boards. If the Kings can cut off the lane speeds of the Hawks the Kings have a good chance in beating the Hawks. But tyhe Kings must counter the cutting of the Hawks lanes to get good pressure on Hawks 'D' & Crawford. It is not etched in stone, but I feel BHawks should win tonight's game...PEACE!

    Kings vs. BlackhawksJun 2 6:57 PM
  • KingHockeyMan @ average I am taking the Blackhawks tonight. Their speed will win it for them. Although Quick for the Kings might play even better. Crawford for the Hawks will also play w/heightened awareness. Advantage Blackhawks. 52% - Kings 48%. PEACE!

    Kings vs. BlackhawksJun 2 1:12 PM
  • KingHockeyMan @average - Thatta boy! Exactky! Although, It is NOT good or wise to bet w/a your heart. You must bet w/your head. w/the best knowledge possible. I feel the Boston Bruins have the best chance to win it all. Why? Goal-tending & the way the Bruins match up w/all 3 remaining teams left in the NHL Playoffs. Yes, I am 50 miles or so from Boston in the Cape Cod region. And YES, I was born & raised! But that is NOT the reason I feel the Bruins are the best team to win it all. And NO, it is not a sure thing either. I am not God. I am the KingHockeyMan who knows the game extremely well for reasons you already know. Over the next 3 1/2 to 4 weeks or so, I will give you my assessments as the games go along, ok.. Remember, bet w/your heas & NOT your heart. Once & a great while is PEACE!

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  • 236 The Kings won it last year, but this year, the B'Hawks are coming to get it. But the Bruins/Pens will beat them. Hopefully the Bruins.

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