Expect anything different? Hollywood drama story that should have a script to it. Another 2-1 game for 59 minutes for the Los Angeles Kings (9-5-2), this time, they were on the winning end as they were able to get another goal on an empty net and cap a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks (10-4-1), and once again, Jonathan Quick proved why he is possibly the most clutch postseason goaltender this game has seen. The Kings remained undefeated at home this post season.
Bryan Bickell had the loan Blackhawks goal on a wrap around that had very poor defense and was reasonably a soft goal that got past Jonathan Quick. Quick wasn’t the only superb goalie though, as Corey Crawford was fantastic, again, with 25 tough saves.
Justin Williams brought Staples Center to their feet early just over 3 minutes into the game with a wrister that got past Crawford. Slava Voynov had his 4th game winning goal of these playoffs and his 5th goal when his stick shattered making the puck act as a knuckleball that Crawford had trouble with, and it found the back of the net early in the 2nd period. Voynov in my eyes is making a run for the Conn Smythe Trophy, and would be top runner for the Kings if it wasn’t for Quick. The pressure was ended when Dwight King came out of nowhere on a cleared puck and wristed it into the empty net to give the Kings a 3-1 lead with 28 seconds left in the game.
It’s hard to say Jonathan Quick made the best save of the playoffs tonight, because I feel like it was natural for him to make the save, but with under 5 minutes to play, Quick threw out his right pad to save what would have been an empty net, easy tying goal. I’ve said it before, once in this recap, a few times in previous recaps, but I do believe Jonathan Quick is one of, if not the best postseason goaltender this game has ever seen.
With the win, the Kings have gotten into the win column on this series making it a 2-1 series lead for the Blackhawks. Game 4 will be Thursday, June 6th, at Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California, at 6:00 PM PT. I hope you’ll be watching, because this series is starting to become something special.
TAYLOR’S SIDE NOTES : Los Angeles Dodgers super prospect Yasiel Puig hit his first career home run at Dodger Stadium just 3 miles up the road as the Kings game came to an end. The Kings win, Puig is here and making his presence, all seems to be going well in Los Angeles. For more on Puig’s night, read Ryan Walton’s article later tonight and follow him on Twitter (@RCPWalton), and follow me for updates on the Los Angeles Kings and NHL Playoffs (@taylorblakeward), and don’t forget to follow ValleyBayNews.com as well (@ValleyBayNews).