The Chicago Blackhawks did not experience a Game 2 let down this series as they came out firing on Los Angeles Kings’ goaltender Jonathan Quick like in Game 1.
The Hawks offense dictated the game early chasing Quick out of the net midway through the second period along the way to an impressive 4-2 win to give them a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals.
The scoring began in the first period with goals from Andrew Shaw and Brent Seabrook, with Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus adding their own in the second to give the Hawks a 4-0 lead at the 9:20 mark. This fast start led to Kings’ head coach Darryl Sutter replacing the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner with Johnathan Bernier.
Hawks’ goaltender Corey Crawford allowed the first Kings’ goal in the second period to Jeff Carter as the Hawks took a 4-1 lead into the second intermission. Tyler Toffoli was the other goalscorer for the Kings knocking in a power-play goal with only 62 seconds remaining in regulation.
Shaw’s first period goal came within the first two minutes of the game from a backhanded pass from Viktor Stalberg. After a dominated second half of the first period in the Hawks’ defensive zone Seabrook gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead with under a minute left in the period. Marian Hossa skated to the right faceoff circle before dumping off a pass to Seabrook for a wrister on Quick’s stick side about 25 feet out.
With just over five minutes passed in the second Patrick Kane looked to take a breakaway into the offensive zone before being tripped by Kings’ defensemen Dwight King for the Hawks to go on the power play. The Hawks’ rising power play crashed in again with Bickell guiding in a rebound from a Patrick Sharp slap shot at the point.
A little over two minutes later Handzus netted a goal on a 2-on-1 breakaway with Patrick Sharp. Handzus goal gave him his fifth straight game with at least a point and gave Sharp his 14th postseason point.
Kings’ centermen Carter scored to get the Kings on the board at the end of the second period to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead heading into the final frame. The Hawks’ penalty kill’s perfect record fell when Toffoli lifted a slapshot passed Crawford with a 1:02 left in regulation.
The series now shifts to Los Angeles where the Kings are a perfect, 7-0 this postseason. Game 3 will be on Tuesday at the Staples Center (8 p.m. CT, NBCSN).
Topics: 2013 NHL Playoffs, Andrew Shaw, Brent Seabrook, Bryan Bickell, Chicago Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, Darryl Sutter, Dwight King, Jeff Carter, Johnathan Bernier, Johnathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, Marian Hossa, Michal Handzus, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Tyler Toffoli, Viktor Stalberg