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Discuss: Blackhawks cruise to 2-0 series lead

Jun 2, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings were road warriors during their Stanley Cup run in 2012. Now they just want to finish the 2013 playoffs with a few away wins.

They remained at one (the series-clinching Game 6 victory against the St. Louis Blues), as the Chicago Blackhawks dominated them 4-2 in Game 2 on Sunday.

  • Seriously, what’s the deal with the disparity in play in home vs. away games for the Kings? They only had eight road wins in the regular season, so it’s not a total fluke.
  • Could Jonathan Quick‘s confidence be shaky after Sunday? Darryl Sutter probably made a wise decision to pull him in the second period.
  • How much did back-to-back games hurt the Kings? It’s worth noting that both teams probably experienced similar fatigue coming off of seven-game series.
  • Losing Mike Richards was rough, but his replacement Tyler Toffoli seemed to find some nice early chemistry on Jeff Carter‘s line. Should Los Angeles move Richards (a team-leading 10 postseason points) to a different line once he’s ready? If not, has Toffoli earned a more permanent spot in the lineup?
  • The positive side of the road-weary coin for the Kings is that they’re lights out at home. Do you expect them to “hold serve” at the Staples Center and even this series?
  • Were any of the hits in Game 2 over the line?
  • We’ve spoken a lot about Quick, but Corey Crawford continues his postseason of excellent (and still underrated) work. Is he for real? Is he at least good enough to survive on a Chicago team that seems primed to be dominant for the near future?
  1. blackhawks1982 - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Hawks Win Hawks Win!!!!!!

  2. proudliberal85392 - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    This isn’t good for the Kings.

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Your’e a wise man, sir.

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        You’re*

  3. hammerhead5573 - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Ok before you commenters blame the refs or the “dirty plays” or Bettman or whoever else your gonna blame, I think you need to blame the bus driver because he clearly did not get the kings to the UC tonight.

  4. buffalomafia - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    I told you guys Hawks in 5!

    • hammerhead5573 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      @buffalomafia, It’s looking pretty good right now but remember the Wings were up 3-1 on the Hawks and they came back. I’m a firm believer that the series isn’t over until the final horn goes off on the 4th win. But again, it’s looking pretty darn good.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:20 PM

        Exactly right. Enjoy another solid win, but get ready for game 3….LA isn’t going down without a fight. Hawks are clicking right now, but I’d anticipate a real strong redemption game from Quick. 8 wins, 6 to go!

      • Jackson Scofield - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        blackhawksdynasty, you mean 10 wins, 6 to go!

  5. Brian Burke - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Just remember that STL had a 2-0 lead as well. Not saying Kings are gonna win but this series is long from over.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      True, but with all due respect, the Hawks are on a different than level StL .

      • 19to77 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        In that their offense is actually good.

      • cardsandbluesforever - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:41 AM

        yeah no kidding. main difference? the hawks have a bunch of guys who can close the deal when scoring chances present themselves instead of shooting the puck wide on an open net, pausing in the middle of a shot so the goalie can set himself to the shooter etc etc.

  6. canucks30 - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    @proudliberal:

    You don’t say?

  7. earpaniac - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    In no way do I think this series is over, but after the first 2 games, this isn’t even close. The Kings look very slow, and their offense is non-existent. For all the well-deserved talk about the Hawks’ offense, people forget how good their defense is. I still think Hawks in 6. I just can’t believe the Kings can play this bad the rest of the series.

    • esracerx46 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      The Hawks defense IMO is better than their offense. The offense has gone on stretches where they don’t score a ton, yet the defense has kept them in those games. Besides that, look at Crawford and Emery’s numbers last year compared to this year. Those guys didn’t simultaneously figure out how to play goal. That Jennings trophy that the 2 goalies won should have a few more names on it.

  8. sprtsfan1 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    No excuses tonight from Kings fans?

    • esracerx46 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      Still waiting on Blomfeld and all his alter egos to come out and proclaim the greatness of the 2nd string goalie in Bernier. After all, his anointed one was shelled for 4 and was pulled. And Bernier pitched a shutout. Quick must be injured (eye roll).

  9. joeandcambria - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Still don’t think Crawford is the real deal. While he has improved from last year, a lot has to do with the improved play of Chicago’s defense. Watching them in the Wings series, nearly all the shots that he faced were coming from the point, because they couldn’t get anywhere near the front of the net.

    • hammerhead5573 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      You do realize “the best goalie” in the playoffs was pulled tonight don’t you? I will gladly have someone who isn’t the real deal still in goal at the end of a 4-2 win. He definitely has hiccups but he GAA is something like 1.65. And that is not all the def that is stopping those shots.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      I completely agree that that’s a big thing that’s being overlooked.

      However, it’s been evident from the start of the season Crawford put some serious time in in the offseason. He has been been much better this year, and he has given them some goaltender wins.

      If he wasn’t prone to the occasional softie, he’d be #2 to Quick (rightfully) in Conn Smythe talk, at least on the western side of things.

  10. jhuck92 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    I think we’ll be looking at a new Conn Smythe winner after the finals this year.

  11. mikemj - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Who was the last guy to win the Con Smythe two years in a row?

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      Mario Lemieux 91` & 92`.

      • esracerx46 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:41 AM

        I think that was rhetorical… but thanks anyways.

  12. rgledz - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    blackhawkdynasty……10 wins, 6 to go. Go Hawks!

  13. mikemj - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    These two games show what the Blackhawks can do when they’re allowed to skate. If LA doesn’t try the clutching and grabbing that worked for Detroit last round I’ll be surprised. Still, they might think playing at home will be enough and if that’s the case Chicago should get at least one win in LA.

  14. adambballn - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Trying not to get too excited because the Kings haven’t had a home game yet but LA looks really over matched by Hawks speed.

  15. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    21 comments thus far? I’m pretty sure the Pens/Teddy Bears article tomorrow night will have atleast a 100 comments after the game.

    • kicksave1980 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      Yeah, and the Spice Girls was the best selling CD in the US in 1997. More people bought it, so it must’ve been the best album released that year, right?

      And of the 100 comments you’re referring to: 40 of them will be the losing team’s fans blaming the refs, 20 of them will be Flyers fans complaining about Crosby, 20 more of them will be Penguins fans laughing at Flyers fans, and 20 will be good comments. Congratulations, you win the prize.

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        I think its funny that he calls a team that completely showed them up 3-0 Teddy Bears.

  16. mikemj - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    You’re right about the number of comments, pitenguinsrulez. That’s probably why the east games got the prime time slot Saturday, it’s a more popular series, nationally.

    • adambballn - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      LA isn’t doing their part… Only got a 2.1 game 1 to Chicago’s 11.7.

      • esracerx46 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:44 AM

        LA fans are lazy. Watch a Dodgers game on TV. Fans don’t show up until the fourth inning and they leave in the 8th.

      • uscthom78 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:56 AM

        From my LA experience, people here rather tell rape jokes over twitter than watch a hockey game. No surprise….it is the douchebag capital of the world.

  17. foleysfish - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    I think its really funny that this Blomfield guy hasn’t had a comment yet. All this jibber jabber for the last 2 days about the Kings going to hit the Hawks out on the playoffs. What history lesson you going to tell us next.

    • blomfeld - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      LITTLE BIGHORN …

      When Custer’s 7th Cavalry ‘arrogantly’ rode into the valley of the Little Bighorn River back in June of 1876, little did they realize that they were about to bite off more than they could chew. I would submit to you friends that the Chicago Blackhawks are today the equivalent of Custer’s ‘doomed’ command and that we Kings are the equivalent of Crazy Horse and his legion of ‘brave & proud’ warriors. Just like Reno and Benteen ‘cowardly’ drawing first blood by attacking defenseless woman and children encamped along the Little Bighorn River, these ‘fake & gay’ Blackhawks will now face the full ‘fury’ of our wrath upon their arrival to Los Angeles. It’s really no different than Custer being ‘shocked’ by the sheer number of warriors who emerged from the hills surrounding him, after his cowardly orders of ‘attacking the encampment’ had been carried out. That which must be done, will now be done … God willing

      GO KINGS GO !!!!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • esracerx46 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:52 AM

        Really Blackhawks fans are arrogant? Aren’t you the one who arrogantly stated Kings in 5. And then proceeded to go on some A.D.D. driven rant about how much better Quick was than any other goalie. Which followed with ranking goaltenders and having Quick and Bernier 1-2. What happened to the kings only needing to score a goal and having Quick shut the Hawks down. What happened to the Kings being so much bigger and more physical the Hawks would get worn down. Or was that not you?

      • blomfeld - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:45 AM

        Achtung Eraser ! … HAWKS IN FOUR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

      • hpfreddy - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:55 AM

        I always wondered what happened to Bagdad Bob.

      • hawkeedawg - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:12 AM

        YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!!! But this is not news.
        Once again you have verbal DIARRHEA, nothing but sh1t comes out.

      • paperkid96 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:05 AM

        Blomfeld – please don’t use historical references. Most people on PHT can’t spell let alone get the reference you just made. I know somewhere in Chicago some guy is wondering how a milk and egg yolk based culinary creation ever rode up a hill.

  18. foleysfish - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    I’m confused- so the team with the Indian head sweater is the 7th cav and the Kings are Indians trying to come out and ponce on them with a sneak attack. It’s hockey repeat Hockey.

  19. foleysfish - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Bottom line Quick is the best Goalie in the world but can’t win every game by himself. Kings are putting it all on him. Only way you are beating the hawks is to play them fast and as a team. Look at Detroit for example. Even then hawks found a way to win. King don’t have a Zetterburg type shutdown Center or a Kronwall type d man. Detroit was the best matchup for the Hawks to get beat. Kings won’t beat the Hawks in a 7 Games series. Go Hawks

    • blomfeld - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:55 AM

      ACHTUNG FISH BREATH !

      In response to your question … “I’m confused, so the team with the Indian head sweater is the 7th cavalry and the Kings are Indians trying to come out and pounce on them with a sneak attack” … my answer to you would be that “that” which goes around always comes around … the bottom line is that June 1876 = June 2013 !

      GO HAWKS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • hawkeedawg - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:13 AM

        Once again you have verbal DIARRHEA, nothing but sh1t comes out. Get lost troll.

      • parasolmonster - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        Not everything that goes around comes back around, y’know.

  20. foleysfish - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    U really need to take your meds.
    @Blomfeld
    Everyone that read your post is now dumber for reading it than they were before. See attached link http://youtu.be/C3JzbWVDzac

  21. uscthom78 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Kings got sexually assaulted. Tried to exact revenge by cheating shotting Toews and trying to take out Crawford’s leg.

    • uscthom78 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      *cheap

  22. sprtsfan1 - Jun 3, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    Hahahaha! Blomfeld called the Kings “defenseless women and children”.

    • hrudey - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      He clearly misspoke. If there’s one things we as Kings fans know, the team isn’t defenseless. Now, offense, on the other hand…

  23. paperkid96 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    This might be a more appropriate time for the Dan Mcneil article.

  24. patthehockeyfan - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Has Quick lost his confidence? Two words: No way.

    Stats show that Quick isn’t the best in back-to-back games. Sutter should have pulled him after the 1st period.

    I LOVE Quick without reservation; but, he was letting pucks past him that he normally stops. After that second goal, I think Sutter should have put Bernier in to start the 2nd period.

    On to LA.

  25. ilikejay - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    blomfeld & co.
    You are confused, and confusing. Rant on all you like, your team has a great coach who will make great changes with good players. But you are not playing St. Louis, and the Hawks are not the whimps you say they are. Good luck, but better luck next time. This is our year.

  26. hrudey - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    The Blackhawks and the Kings have both played really good hockey in this series, except for the Kings (though the first period was as bad as the scoreline, it wasn’t good enough either). The Kings came back after two opening losses at St. Louis where Quick felt like he let the team down and were able to overcome that challenge, and I’m sure they’ll find a way to put up a fight worthy of their status as defending champions. Whether it’s enough to beat an outstanding Blackhawk team riding high after their near-elimination in the last round remains to be seen, though. It’s a pretty sad commentary on life as a Kings fan that this is already the third-best playoff run the Kings have ever had, though here’s hoping they can move up that list.

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