Tonight was easily the most lop-sided game the Los Angeles Kings (8-5-2) have played over these 2013 NHL Playoffs, as they were deflated by the Chicago Blackhawks (10-3-1) 4-2. The score does not say exactly how the game went though.
Opportunities and great chances were there for the Kings but nothing could happen right as bounces and deflections went the wrong way, and it just seemed like lady luck was with the home team tonight. The Blackhawks opened up the scoring early beating Jonathan Quick not even two minutes into the game. The goal was started by a an easy turnover from the Kings that broke down the defense, and Quick couldn’t even see the play set up to Andrew Shaw who wristed one past him to get “Chelsea Dagger” playing for the first time of the night. Brett Seabrook joined him in the first period scoring giving the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
Brian Bickell was able to get past Quick as he swatted a backhand just outside the crowded crease into the net. The final blow was from Michal Handzus who wristed one past Quick to give the Blackhawks a dominant 4-0. Quick was pulled from the game with 13 saves on 17 shots, and replaced by backup, Jonathan Bernier, who went a perfect 9 for 9 in saves with what was left of the game.
The Kings never gave in, and played a full 60 minutes, as goals from Jeff Carter (2nd, 18:57), and rookie Tyler Toffoli (3rd, 18:58) kept the Kings from an embarrassing final score. With that said though, in the minds of the Kings players and fans, they were truly beaten silly. Many who know Jonathan Quick and his mind though will tell you that avoiding the profane language, what’s going through his mind now is, “I will not let another goal in this entire series.” I expect the Kings to come out fierce and incredibly competitive for Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles, so I wouldn’t count them out just yet.
Just to add another note; Kings forward Mike Richards was not in the lineup tonight. Richards took an elbow from Blackhawks defenseman Dave Bolland in Game 1 and left the game due to injuries sustained from the check. No suspension has been given to Bolland.
Game 3 will be Tuesday, June 4th, at 6:00 PM PT at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California. The Kings have lost only one game this postseason so far at home, expect a hard hitting, low scoring, goaltenders affair in Los Angeles this Tuesday.
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