Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings Game 4: Live Score, Updates & Analysis
The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Los Angeles Kings by a 3-2 final score in Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference Final to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
The Kings and Blackhawks took turns exchanging goals in the first and second periods, but it was the Blackhawks that were able to score the lone goal in the third period. Marian Hossa capitalized on a two-on-one rush just over a minute into the third period and pounded a slap shot behind Jonathan Quick the lead that they would not relinquish.
The Kings had just two shots in the third period and were completely shut down by the 'Hawks defense when it counted.
The Blackhawks are now just one win from advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.
It's over! HAWKS WIN 3-2 to hand Kings the rare home loss. Lead series 3-1!— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) June 7, 2013
Blackhawks 3, Kings 2. Final score.
Huge win for the Blackhawks as they take a 3-1 series lead. Kings couldn't keep up with the Blackhawks in the third period, being outshot 9-2 in the third period.
19 second to go in this one. Kings can't get into the zone and get control at the same time.
Last minute of play, Quick on the bench for the extra attacker.
Blackhawks 3, Kings 2, 2:00 remaining, third period.
Clutch time here, as the Kings can't capitalize on the power play and time is becoming of the essence.
Chicago is doing a fabulous job of blocking shots.
The Kings are doing a good job of getting puck movement on the power play, but they are not getting shots through to Corey Crawford.
Blackhawks 3, Kings 2. 4:37 remaining, third period.
Frolik goes to the box here for high sticking. Chicago goes back to the penalty kill. If there's any time for a big power-play goal, this would obviously be it for the Kings.
More than 14 minutes gone in the third period. The Kings still have just one shot on goal in this period.
They'll need more than that if they want to win.
Blackhawks 3, Kings 2, 7:00 remaining third period.
Kings need a goal to avoid going down 3-1 in this series with Game 5 back in Chicago.
You can sense the desperation in the crowd now.
Blackhawks 3, Kings 2, 10:00 remaining third period.
Blackhawks better start finding ways to avoid the Kings' checking game, as the Kings will continue taking liberties on the 'Hawks players throughout t his third period.
Patrick Kane gets smoked in the face and goes offside in the process.
Jonathan Quick continues to give his team a chance, making a save on a point-blank chance from in front of the net.
Can the Kings come back in this one?
Blackhawks 3, Kings 2. 15:00 remaining, third period.
I pointed this out at the time of Crawford's save, but the CBC crew just made mention of it on TV so I though I'd bring it up again.
Crawford's save on Justin Williams on that breakaway in the second period would have made it a two-goal lead for LA at the time.
Crawford went to the poke check and denied Williams, who has been hot in this series.
That save turned the game around for the 'Hawks and gave them a second chance in this game, to which they have taken full advantage.
That wasn't a power-play goal, but the 'Hawks now have a lead, meaning they dictate the terms of play for the remainder of this period.
Blackhawks 3, Kings 2. 18:50 remaining, third period.
Marian Hossa pounded the puck past Jonathan Quick on a nice feed from Michal Handzus on the two-on-one. Oduya set the play up.
Kings trail for the first time in this one.
Kings 2, Blackhawks 2, 20:00 remaining third period.
Third period begins. Blackhawks with a brief power play to start.
With the third period just around the corner, here are some adjustments for both teams.
The Kings have to get back to controlling the play in the Chicago end. Los Angeles didn't do a very good job of being hard on the forecheck after killing the 5-on-3 advantage and the 'Hawks capitalized eventually with the goal.
The Blackhawks need to keep their speed up in their game. They have a big advantage in that regard, and it showed as Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews came to play in the second period. Both players were skating hard and led the 'Hawks in the offensive zone, controlling the play and eventually tying the score.
Kings 2, Blackhawks 2, second intermission.
That's the end of two periods. Blackhawks really came on at the end of the second period there, tying the game and taking the play to the Kings in their own end.
It came off of puck possession for the Blackhawks, as the Kings couldn't get the puck out of their end when it counted. Toews knocked down a defenseman in front of the goal on the second goal, and from then on, the Kings couldn't get the puck back.
It's anybody's game now.
Kings 2, Blackhawks 2, 1:00 remaining second period.
Patrick Kane gets leveled by Robyn Regehr, who will sit for two minutes for interference.
Kings 2, Blackhawks 2, 1:39 remaining second period.
The Blackhawks score and tie the game!
Patrick Kane breaks through and pokes it across the goal line. Bickell had the redirection in front, but Kane put the puck across the line.
Kings 2, Blackhawks 1. 3:30 remaining second period.
Play seems to have slowed down considerably in the last four game minutes.
At some point, the current one-goal deficit (or lead, depending on which team's perspective is being looked at) will have an impact on the game play.
The Kings likely want to slow this game down, while the Blackhawks want to keep the pace up.
Kings 2, Blackhawks 1. 7:21 remaining second period.
Patrick Kane gets called for hooking Justin Williams.
Kings 2, Blackhawks 1, 9:00 remaining, second period.
The Blackhawks have really been controling the play, even after the power plays ended.
Chicago still leads shots 17-16.
Kings kill the 5-on-3 but Chicago continues to pressure in the Los Angeles' end.
Kings take a delay of game penalty as Anze Kopitar fires the puck way down the ice and over the glass in the Blackhawks' end.
5-on-3 for 53 seconds here.
Kings 2, Blackhawks 1, 15:20 remaining, second period.
Matt Greene goes to the box on a soft call for hooking. 'Hawks to the power play.
Justin Williams almost makes it 3-1, but Corey Crawford stops him with the poke check on the breakaway.
Mark that one down as a game saver.
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