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Rough goal didn’t shake ‘Hawks from their gameplan

Jun 1, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 01: Goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings defends his net as Viktor Stalberg #25 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks to control the puck in the first period of Game One of the Western Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 1, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks managed to outshoot the Los Angeles Kings 17-2 in the first period, but were down 1-0 after conceding a hard to swallow goal.

That had the potential to be a demoralizing and game changing incident, but the Blackhawks didn’t let it get under their skin.

“Obviously it’s not the score we’d like after a first period, but we knew there was a lot of hockey left to be played,” Chicago’s Duncan Keith said. “We were happy with the way we played other than that goal.”

Keith added that he thought they “did a good job just sticking with it, regrouping after that period, knowing that we had a pretty strong period. Just tried to keep going from that, stick with it.”

For a team that didn’t deal with a ton of adversity during the regular season, they certainly are responding ideally to it in the playoffs. They bounced back from a 3-1 series deficit against Detroit in the second round and were able to stay focused after a controversial disallowed goal late in Game 7.

That should be a big asset against the Los Angeles Kings because odds are most of the games in this series are going to go down to the wire.

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