By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks led twice Saturday night at the Staples Center in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. Two Jonathan Toews goals had the Hawks up in the second period but the L.A. Kings took a 40-minute advantage and dominated action in the final period to win 4-3. The Hawks now trail the best-of-seven series 2-1.
First Period-The Kings nearly drew twine in the opening minute after a Dustin Brown shot came off of Niklas Hjalmarsson. Corey Crawford smothered the deflection but the Kings controlled the early action. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, Drew Doughty, Game 3, Jeff Carter, Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Toews, Kings, Los Angeles, Patrick Sharp, Slava Voynov, Tyler Toffoli
Shots like that make me smile!
By Rich Lindbloom
Kevin Weekes on the NHL Network put it best. Patrick Kane’s electrifying, game winning tally in Game One of the Semi Finals was hockey’s equivalent of the Mona Lisa. He said you can go to the Louvre in Paris if you want, or save the money and watch a replay of Kaner’s goal instead. For those of us who witnessed Kaner’s surgical strike, are reactions were a bit more animated than Mona Lisa’a Delphic smile. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Bryan Bickell, Erik Haula, Free Morin, Game 3, Ilya Bryzgalov, Mikael Granlund, Mikko Koivu, Minnesota, Rich Lindbloom, Wild, Zach Parise
By Brad Vandenberk
Tuesday night, the Stanley Cup Finals shifted to Boston for a pivotal Game 3. The Chicago Blackhawks had yet to win a game 3 this post season, whereas the Boston Bruins were 3-0 in Game 3’s during these playoffs coming into Tuesday night’s contest.
Viktor Stalberg was inserted back into Chicago’s line up, and for the first time this series, to try and add some speed to the offensive forecheck. Stalberg replaced Brandon Bollig, who had taken Stalberg’s spot in Games 1 and 2 in Chicago. Stalberg was also warned by coach Joel Quenneville to watch his defensive responsibilities as well. Quenneville was quoted saying he was looking for “more” from Stalberg in essentially every facet of his game. Read more
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Tagged Adam McQuaid, Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Boston, Bruins, Bryan Bickell, Daniel Paille, Dave Bolland, Game 3, Game recap, Jaromir Jagr, Joel Quenneville, Marian Hossa, Patrice Bergeron, Patrick Kane, Stanley Cup Finals, Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara
By Brad Gardner
The Los Angeles Kings held serve with a 3-1 win on home ice over the Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. Goals from Justin Williams and Slava Voynov spotted the Kings a 2-0 lead, which was enough for Jonathan Quick and a tight-checking Kings defense to remain undefeated at home during the playoffs.
Corey Crawford stopped 25 of 27 shots and kept his team in the game the whole way. The penalty kill also played a big part in keeping the score close, finishing a perfect 5-for-5 against the Kings powerplay. Despite the loss, the Blackhawks maintain a 2-1 series advantage. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Dwight King, Game 3, Jeff Carter, Jonathan Quick, Justin Williams, Kings, Los Angeles, Marian Hossa, Slava Voynov, Staples Center