By Brad Vandenberk
Game 4 of the Western Conference gifted us with nothing but story lines before the puck was even dropped. Duncan Keith was assessed a 1-game suspension for an uncontrolled high stick to the face of Jeff Carter in game 3. Keith received a four minute minor during the game, but the league wanted more and suspending the Hawks D man. Carter received 22 stitches in his mouth and chipped a few pearly whites.
Mike Richards did not dress once again for the Kings missing his 3rd straight. But with Keith out, the Kings were looking poised to get the win to tie the series.
Sheldon Brookbank was inserted into the lineup to take Keith’s “spot”. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Blackhawks, Bryan Bickell, Conference Finals, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Dustin Penner, Game 4, Game recap, Jeff Carter, Jonathan Quick, Kings, Kyle Clifford, Los Angeles, Marian Hossa, Michal Handzus, Mike Richards, Patrick Kane, Playoffs, Sheldon Brookbank, Slava Voynov, Staples Center
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 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
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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