For the first time since 1997, the Chicago Blackhawks surrendered a two-goal lead in the playoffs at the United Center.
After falling behind 2-0, the Los Angeles Kings built off a late second-period goal off the skate of Justin Williams to add five more markers in the third, winning 6-2 and heading home to Staples Center with a split in their Western Conference Final against the 'Hawks.
The loss was Chicago's first on home ice in these playoffs, and came as a bit of a surprise after the Kings got into early penalty trouble. But it was Los Angeles that was able to capitalize on two power plays early in the third period, shifting the momentum of the game and possibly the series.
Jeff Carter posted his second career playoff hat trick for Los Angeles. Williams, Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli had the other Kings goals, while Nick Leddy and Ben Smith put pucks past Jonathan Quick earlier in the game.
The Kings' win serves notice that this series will not be a re-run of the 2013 Western Conference Final, where Chicago beat Los Angeles in five games. At this point, it's anybody's series.
Game 3 will go Saturday in Los Angeles.
Final Score: Los Angeles Kings 6 - Chicago Blackhawks 2
Series Tied 1-1
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