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Video: Sharp, Hossa turn tide for Chicago

Jun 1, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

The Chicago Blackhawks generated a massive 17-2 shot advantage in the first period of Game 1, yet the Los Angeles Kings took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

As great as Jonathan Quick has been, it was tough to shake the notion that it was only a matter of time before the Blackhawks broke through. That happened in the second period as Patrick Sharp scored his 2013 playoffs-leading eighth goal to make it 1-1 and then Marian Hossa made a deft deflection to give the Blackhawks the lead.

Take a look at both goals:

  1. ineedmorehossa - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    I need more Hossa

  2. semuir - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Don’t get too excited, Chicago. Kings always find a way.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      Not discounting the Kings at all. I did a thorough statistical analysis before the playoffs atarted, ranking the playoff teams along 16 factors, then totaling the factors. I ended up with the hawks, Pens, Kings and Bruins as the top 4, in that order. Kings are deeper and more balanced than most and have the top goalie in the playoffs. But it takes more than a goalie (Cory Crawford will be .009 in save % behind Quick after tonight). Hawks are #2 offensively, #1 defensively and depth wise of all the playoff teams. Kings have had trouble scoring against both the Sharks and Blues, yet the Hawks are better defensively than all 3. You saw it tonight, they will take more shots, and for the most part, limit total and “quality” shots.

      Too bad the Kings won’t get a chance to take on the Pens, as the Kings defense and especially Quick would take away a lot of their offensive strength, and the Kings offense would have a much easier go against the Pens defense.

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