By Brad Vandenberk
There is not a lot that needs to be said heading into this Game 7 between the Hawks and Kings. Momentum has been on either side this series, but the Hawks are riding a 2-game winning streak coming back from a 3-1 series deficit.
The Kings are no strangers to a game 7 on the road, as well as how you can build momentum coming from behind in a series. The Kings are looking to make history. With a victory, they can be the first team to win their first 3 series in game 7 on the road. It’s time for the Hawks to prove to their fans that this team does smell of a dynasty and use all your experience and get a win.
Corey Crawford played a huge game in LA on Friday night and hoped to keep that in this game. At the other end Jonathan Quick had his follies last game when Ben Smith banked one off the tenders skate and in the net. Kris Versteeg worked his way back on the ice replacing Sheldon Brookbank. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Alec Martinez, Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Corey Crawford, Game 7, Jeff Carter, Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Toews, Justin Williams, Kings, Los Angeles, Marian Gaborik, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Tyler Toffoli
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
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap, Stanley Cup Playoffs
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
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks opened the Western Conference finals Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. A pair of second period goals by Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa provided the offense to give Chicago a 1-0 series lead.
The Blackhawks came out on the offensive, generating the first five shots of the contest. In fact, Chicago would outshoot the Kings 17-2 in the opening period. However, the only one of those shots that mattered came off the stick of Justin Williams.
Corey Crawford attempted to send a loose puck behind the boards with just under six minutes to play in the first period. Brad Richardson prevented this from happening and the puck floated to the front of the net. Dave Bolland tried to clear the crease but the puck struck Williams’ stick and into the net. Despite the lack of scoring chances, Los Angeles skated to the locker room with a 1-0 lead. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Jon Fromi, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Blackhawks, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Darryl Sutter, Dave Bolland, Duncan Keith, Game 1, Johnny Oduya, Jonathan Quick, Justin Williams, Kings, Los Angeles, Marian Hossa, Michal Handzus, Mike Richards, Patrick Sharp, Playoffs, Stanley Cup Playoffs
By Brad Gardner
Jonathan Quick continued to baffle the Blackhawks when his Kings club visited the United Center on Sunday evening. The Blackhawks battled back to tie the game twice and earn one point in the standings, eventually falling to Mike Richards’ conversion in the shootout for a final score of 3-2.
The Kings set the tone early with a chance off the opening faceoff. Nick Leddy fumbled a pass to his defensive partner that was picked up by Dwight King. He broke in between the two defenders on Ray Emery but the ‘Hawks goaltender was able to deny the game’s first shot.
Slava Voynov was able to get one by Emery a few minutes later. Duncan Keith pinched into the offensive zone but had the puck poked away by Justin Williams. The sent the Kings in on a 4-on-1 against Brent Seabrook, who sold out to take away the passing lane. Williams still had room to get the puck to Voynov, who beat Emery wide to the glove side for the rookie defenseman’s fifth tally of the season. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Brandon Bollig, Duncan Keith, Jeff Carter, Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Toews, Justin Williams, Kings, Kyle Clifford, LA Kings, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa, Mike Richards, Patrick Kane, Ray Emery, Slava Voynov, Viktor Stalberg