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Discuss: Blackhawks hold on against Kings

Feb 17, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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For two periods, it looked like the story would be about two teams going in wildly different directions. The red-hot Chicago Blackhawks still won on Sunday, but the Los Angeles Kings nearly closed a three-goal gap in the third period, eventually falling 3-2.

Let’s get to the talking points.

  • Is this opening run good enough to make the Blackhawks the top Stanley Cup contender? If not, which team impresses you more?
  • Could Chicago be peaking too soon, though?
  • How would you compare the 2013 Blackhawks to the group that won it all?
  • Drew Doughty finally had a productive day, collecting two assists in that late flurry. Can he finally get it together?
  • On a similar note, which Kings star has been more disappointing: Doughty or Jonathan Quick?
  • The Kings are currently ranked 12th in the West with 12 standings points, leaving them four behind eighth-place Detroit. Will Los Angeles become one of the few defending champions to miss the playoffs?
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  1. chanceoffleury1 - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    That was one of the hawks tighter games yet. Their penalty kill looked very 2012 today. Those 2 stupid penalties totally changed the momentum of the game.The Kings almost had them there at the end. Great game to watch though! I’d love to see the Hawks come away with the record and beat 2007 Anaheim. They have a really great group of guys! It’ll be a lot easier if they have Crawford between the pipes, tough, so hopefully he comes back soon.

  2. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    No team as been more impressive so far
    How do you know they have actually “peaked”?
    This team isn’t as good as the Championship squad not that it matter.
    He will get it together when they are big games, but the Kings need it game in game out
    Doughty
    Yes

  3. jhuck92 - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I didn’t know there was such a thing as “peaking too soon.” Why would it be undesirable to hit the ground running in the first few weeks and jumping out to first place? Now they’re looking back at the rest of the league. And if they really are “peaking too soon,” are they supposed to fix it by losing games? Winning games and looking good while doing it isn’t something you should want to fix.

  4. jhuck92 - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Yeah, I can see Joel Quenneville saying it in the locker room right now: “Well, we don’t wanna get too hot and peak too soon, so I want you guys to go out there and lose these next couple games. You know, just to give Vancouver another shot at the Presidents trophy.”

  5. csilojohnson - Feb 17, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Taking the whole peaking too soon way to literal. Just a talking point for the media. Some teams will run out of gas come playoff time. Mind boggling, yes. Seen it happen. Whereas some teams will seem to peak right before the playoffs. Thus getting a good roll into the post season. That is assuming no team can keep that kind of pace the entire season. Probably very possible with the shortened season.
    Either way, I would be very surprised to hear about a coach making any mention of this to thier team. Just something for us to read about and discuss in hindsight.

  6. ironmike778 - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Not a born and raised Blackhawks fan but I love when their games are on. Very exciting team to watch.

  7. monarch897 - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    The Hawks are just playing solid hockey right now. When they aren’t turning it over in their end they are playing the best D that I can remember. I don’t see any team beating them in a seven games series.

  8. kingsforever - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Where’s Ron? Quick is terrible and will never regain his pre-surgery form. Play Bernier, he’s the future now

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