Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Live Score, Updates and Analysis
The Chicago Blackhawks continued their winning ways on Sunday afternoon, stretching their 2012-13 unbeaten streak to 15 games with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center, as part of NBC's Hockey Day in America.
The Hawks got off to a fast start, dominating the Kings in the first period in all aspects of the game while jumping out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews.
Patrick Sharp added his first goal in 10 games early in the second, but the Kings made a game of it with two Mike Richards power-play markers in the third to keep the score close.
Backup goaltender Ray Emery was sharp for the Hawks in relief of the injured Cory Crawford, while Kings' netminder Jonathan Quick was under siege early and often, ultimately turning away 34 of 37 shots.
Though the Kings didn't get a point out of the match, the game should be considered a moral victory of sorts considering they were embarrassed 5-2 by the Blackhawks in their first game of the shortened season.
The three stars were all Chicago: Seabrook, Toews and Duncan Keith.
After 40 seconds of good pressure, Frolik is able to clear with impunity thanks to the power play.
Kings get the puck back into the zone and apply pressure right to the final horn but they run out of time.
Hawks hang on to win. There's Chelsea Dagger again!
Final score: Chicago 3 Los Angeles 2
The streak continues...
Clock is reset to 1:04.
LA net is empty -- six on four.
Can Richards complete his natural hat trick with a third power play goal?
Quick has left the net and the Hawks got possession, but Oduya took a penalty for roughing up Justin Williams after Williams took some liberties with Emery.
Call is for slashing. Kings on the power play with 1:01 to go.
Time out -- Los Angeles.
How long will Darryl Sutter wait to pull Jonathan Quick for the extra attacker?
Two minutes to go.
Penalty killers do their job. Kings need to get back on their horse. 3:28 remaining, and they're down by one.
Chicago 3 Los Angles 2
Jake Muzzin takes an undisciplined interference penalty, pasting Patrick Kane along the boards.
With just five minutes to go in the third period, the Kings will lose two minutes of valuable time defending against the Hawks' power play.
Mike Richards once again, as the Kings' power play unit enters the zone.
Beautiful passing play. Richards' big slapper goes high glove on Emery.
Kings on the power play at 11:58 as Toews takes a high-sticking penalty on Drew Doughty. Big moment for LA.
NBC showing some footage of the Hawks' game with the Wounded Warriors at Soldier Field yesterday.
A great initiative that may have inspired a good team to even greater heights this afternoon.
10:07 remaining in the third period.
Chicago 3 Los Angeles 1
Shots now 36-23 for the Hawks. The Kings have carried their share of the play in this period.
Four on four hockey: Sharp for slashing and Stoll for diving.
Like Brent Seabrook, Johnny Oduya has also rejoined his teammates on the ice after a brief visit to the dressing room. All players are available for both teams.
A scrum ensues after Ray Emery stops a Drew Doughty point shot with 14:42 to go in the third. It hasn't been a terribly physical game so far.
The Kings have definitely increased their time of possession with the puck. If they can get one more goal, this game could have a very exciting finish!
Scoring play: Mike Richards on the power play from Kopitar and Doughty at 0:56 of the third period.
Exact same time that Patrick Sharp scored in the second. Every period has started with a bang.
Mike Richards wastes no time on the power play.
Richards takes a shot from the middle of the ice, all the way out at the blue line. Dustin Brown is screening Ray Emery and we have a 3-1 hockey game.
Third period is now underway. Hawks are 20 minutes away from running their unbeaten streak to 15 games, one short of tying the record set by the Anaheim Ducks in 2006-07.
First, they'll have to kill a Patrick Sharp hooking penalty.
No real surprises here. Ice time leaders after two periods:
Defense: Doughty 16:22
Forward: Kopitar 12:49
Defense: Keith 16:35
Forward: Toews 13:36
With Chicago's tremendous start, most of their players have been playing up to their potential.
One exception was Patrick Sharp, who had just two goals on the year and hadn't scored in 10 games.
Sharp's goal in the second period should help get the piano off his back and get him producing once again.
End of second period: 3-0 Chicago
After two periods, the Chicago Blackhawks remain firmly in control of their game, with a 3-0 lead over the Los Angeles Kings.
Shots after two periods are 32-18 for Chicago, so the Kings did come on towards the end of the period but have yet to solve Ray Emery and the Hawks' defense corps.
Chicago has now blocked 13 shots to the Kings' nine, and the Hawks' faceoff win percentage has dropped to 62 percent.
LA continues to lead in the hitting department by a tally of 27-16.
Johnny Oduya has gone to the Hawks' room for repairs after saving that goal. Seems he had the misfortune of blocking that puck with his face.
Brief delay at the United Center as the rink crew is replacing a piece of glass.
Game back on!
3:13 remaining in the second period.
Chicago 3 Los Angeles 0.
Kings created more pressure on the last sequence. Are they starting to carry the play a little bit?
Jeff Carter just had the Kings' first real quality scoring chance of the game. With Emery out of position, Johnny Oduya was Johnny-on-the-spot, blocking the shot and preventing a sure goal.
Chicago moves the puck into the danger zone again, but Quick is able to stretch his toe all the way to the post to keep his team's deficit at three.
Shots are now 29-15 in favor of the Hawks.
Hawks going back on the power play. Kyle Clifford catches the puck in the defensive zone and closes his hand on it. That'll now earn you two minutes in the sin bin.
A long stretch of continuous action midway through the second.
Shots are 22-12 for Chicago, but LA has some puck possession in the offensive zone, seemingly for the first time today. Darryl Sutter is juggling his lines in an attempt to light a fire under his sleepy team.
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