Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks Game 1: Live Score, Updates & Analysis
The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Los Angeles Kings by a 2-1 score in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals to take a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 is tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET in Chicago.
The Kings survived an initial Blackhawks' barrage of shots, getting outshot 17-2 in the first period, but coming away with a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period. Justin Williams had the Kings' goal on an interesting bounce that he put past Corey Crawford.
The Blackhawks tied the game in the second period when Patrick Sharp swatted home a rebound. Marian Hossa scored just under four minutes later and the Blackhawks were able to clamp down defensively and take home the win in Game 1.
Jonathan Quick stopped 34 of 36 shots, but it wasn't enough as the Blackhawks claimed victory.
Blackhawks 2, Kings 1. Final score.
Blackhawks ride out the victory on the power play and take Game 1 for a 1-0 series lead.
That's the end of Game 1 in Chicago. Not the start the #LAKings were hoping for, but are back at it tomorrow; 5PM PT.— LA Kings (@LAKings) June 1, 2013
The Blackhawks did a great job of shutting down the Kings in the offensive zone, really getting under their skin when it counted.
Blackhawks 2, Kings 1. 1:41 remaining, third period.
Chicago to the power play here as Jeff Carter takes a tripping penalty. The penalty came on the tail end of Mike Richards getting lit up behind the Blackhawks' cage by Dave Bolland.
That hit by Bolland is worth a second look because Bolland caught Richards with his shoulder in what looked like his face.
Blackhawks 2, Kings 1. 2:09 remaining, third period.
Clutch time here for the Kings, as they need a goal to tie. Blackhawks continue to suffocate the Los Angeles' offense.
Can they pull off the improbable?
Blackhawks 2, Kings 1. 5:11 remaining, third period.
Chicago calls a timeout with just over five minutes remaining. Interesting call here, as they might need it later in a one-goal game.
Blackhawks 2, Kings 1. 6:30 remaining, third period.
Blackhawks win a big faceoff off of an icing call. The Blackhawks really have no interest in offense at this point (or so it seems), but they have to be wary of the Kings' ability to strike for goals at random times.
If Chicago keeps their feet moving and keeps the Kings away from the net, they have this game locked up.
Blackhawks 2, Kings 1. 9:55 remaining, third period.
The Kings are up in shots in this period 7-4, but have nothing to show for it on the scoreboard, still trailing 2-1.
The Kings might be having a period much like the Blackhawks' first period.
Blackhawks 2, Kings 1. 10:30 remaining, third period.
Blackhawks kill the penalty and stay perfect on the penalty kill at home in the playoffs.
Blackhawks 2, Kings 1. 12:41 remaining, third period.
Brown gets tripped up entering the zone and Leedy will take a seat. Kings on the PP with 12:41 left in the 3rd.— LA Kings (@LAKings) June 1, 2013
Kings to the power play here.
Blackhawks 2, Kings 1. 16:01 remaining, third period.
Blackhawks now allowed to continue to do whatever they want in the offensive zone. Chicago sees a puck just miss over the net.
Kings continue to live on the edge, as they cannot seem to contain the Blackhawks in their own end.
3rd period is underway!— LA Kings (@LAKings) June 1, 2013
Kings pressing here in the Chicago end to start the third period, but Corey Crawford has been up to the challenge so far.
Blackhawks 2, Kings 1. 20:00 remaining, third period.
Here we go with the puck drop in the third period.
Simply put, the Blackhawks are on a different level than everyone else in the NHL when they are allowed to free-wheel in the offensive zone.
The Blackhawks were not challenged in any way when they entered the Kings' zone. That will need to change going into the third period.
Chicago is 5-0 in the playoffs (per NBC) when leading after two periods.
Blackhawks 2, Kings 1. Second intermission.
The Blackhawks flipped the tables on the Kings, dominating the last half of the second period, after getting badly out-played in the first half of the second period and the last five minutes of the first period.
Chicago goes into the second intermission, leading 31-14 in shots.
For the Kings, they have to figure out how to control the puck more. The Kings' control of the puck in the first period was non-existent and it came back to bite them in the second period as they couldn't get control of the puck or get it out of the zone on the two Chicago goals.
Blackhawks 2, Kings 1. 3:38 remaining, second period.
Marian Hossa deflects a Duncan Keith shot from the point into the goal to give the 'Hawks the lead.
One could almost feel that goal coming, as the Blackhawks completely dominated the flow of the game since that first Blackhawks' goal.
Kings 1, Blackhawks 1. 4:30 remaining, second period.
The 'Hawks have taken over this game, despite being denied on their most recent power play which came after the Patrick Sharp goal.
Kings 1, Blackhawks 1. 7:31 remaining, second period.
Chicago ties the game at 1!
Patrick Sharp drops the puck to Johnny Oduya who rifles the puck off of the pad of Quick.
Sharp went to the net after dropping the puck to Oduya and put the puck into a wide-open net.
Jonathan Quick with a nice glove save on Duncan Keith to keep the 'Hawks off of the board.
That was his 24th save of the game, meaning he could be on track to face 45-50 shots if the Kings don't find a way to clamp down on the Blackhawks' time and space in the offensive zone.
Kings 1, Blackhawks 0. 10:00 remaining, second period.
The Blackhawks, on home ice, should have a distinct advantage from the crowd. As I stated earlier, this hasn't really been the case.
The crowd needs to get behind their team before the Blackhawks lose the home-ice advantage and have to go try and win a game at the Staples Center where the Kings have won 13 in a row.
Kings 1, Blackhawks 0. 13:08 remaining, second period.
Fast-paced second period so far, with no real chances other than that Patrick Kane chance a few minutes ago.
The Blackhawks need to keep pressing and keep moving the puck across the ice because it seems to be opening up chances on either side of the ice.
Darren Pang on NBCSN just brought up the fact that the 'Hawks also need to shoot on the far side of Quick when coming down on the wing, as that generates additional scoring chances to the middle of the ice on rebounds.
Kings 1, Blackhawks 0. 17:31 remaining, second period.
The Blackhawks find themselves, ironically, struggling to put a shot on goal.
The Kings have three shots in this period, while the 'Hawks have yet to find one.
Kings 1, Blackhawks 0. 19:00 remaining, second period.
2nd period and we are underway!— LA Kings (@LAKings) June 1, 2013
Period 2, coming at you! #CHIvsLAK— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) June 1, 2013
The challenge for the Blackhawks is forgetting about the first period. They did that very well in the second round when losing three straight games (for the first time all season) to the Red Wings.
Can the Blackhawks do that here?
It is a "head scratcher" for sure for the Blackhawks as to why they didn't get any goals in the first period.
But if Chicago can continue getting shots on goal and find a way to get Quick moving laterally, the Blackahwks should be well on their way to getting some pucks past the seemingly invincible goaltender.
Kings 1, Blackhawks 0. First intermission.
It seemed like the Blackhawks dominated the first 14 minutes of play at the United Center, but it was Jonathan Quick stopping 17 shots in the first period to keep his team in the game.
Kings are being outshot 17-2 after the first period, but it was the Justin Williams goal that changed the momentum of this contest with just over five minutes to play in the period.
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