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Discuss: Kings take Game 3 after holding off the Blackhawks

Jun 4, 2013, 11:42 PM EDT

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The L.A. Kings are back in the Western Conference final.

The Kings, defending Stanley Cup champions, now trail the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, thanks to a 3-1 victory Tuesday night.

Let’s discuss.

  • Should Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith receive supplemental discipline for a slash to the face of L.A. Kings forward Jeff Carter? The incident occurred in the second period, when Keith whacked Carter in the face with a one-handed slash. Keith received a double-minor, but should that be it?
  • The Kings couldn’t get anything going on the ensuing power play, which could’ve changed the momentum in this game.
  • Slava Voynov scored the winning goal, breaking his stick as he leaned into the shot. Corey Crawford couldn’t handle the change in speeds, as the puck slid past him along the ice on the glove side. They all count, right?
  • Justin Williams gave the Kings an early first period lead. Williams now has four goals in his last four playoff games.
  • Did you have Bryan Bickell in your playoff pool. If you did, you’re either a genius or just plain lucky. Bickell scored his seventh goal of these playoffs, on a wrap-around late in the second period, cutting the Kings’ two-goal lead in half.
  • By the way, David Krejci and Patrick Sharp lead the league with eight goals in these playoffs.
  • Jonathan Quick bounced back from a tough outing in Game 2 – he was pulled and the Kings lost – with a solid performance Tuesday. He stopped 19 of 20 shots. He robbed Bickell of what looked to be a sure goal late in the third period to ensure the win.
  • To quote a line from The Big Lebowski: “Mark it eight, dude.” The Kings have now won eighth straight games on home ice this post-season.
  1. earpaniac - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    And the countdown to all the lately absent King’s “fans” resuming their trash talking begins in 3….2….1….

    • rocoop - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      3…..2…..1 Cry us a river…

      • earpaniac - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        Never once did I cry. Just stating a fact. I don’t like “fans” who talk crap after every win, be they Hawk or King fans. I have no problem stating we got outplayed. And notice not one time in this comment did I “threaten” to “put someone to bed” or post an Elvis video.

    • nightfireop - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      You know I was actually going to say by the blackhawks gave a good effort and continued to hustle even when down goal (like any champion-caliber teams like hawks and kings) and specifically to Keith for showing class and sincerely apologizing to carter for the slash. If you were next to me today I was going to shake your hand for a game well played tonight by both teams.

      • adambballn - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:49 AM

        Being a Chicago transplant in Sam Diego one thing I’ve always been impressed with is how classy the LA fans are in victory and defeat, I wish I could say the same of Ducks fans… OC trash.

      • adambballn - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:49 AM

        Being a Chicago transplant in San Diego one thing I’ve always been impressed with is how classy the LA fans are in victory and defeat, I wish I could say the same of Ducks fans… OC trash.

      • earpaniac - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        And I would shake your hand right back and say “congratulations”.

  2. kydkrunk - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    the kings have no reason to celebrate, but they sure as hell owe the refs a few drinks. basic icing calls guys. lets get it together

    • rocoop - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      No reason to celebrate??? Team with most goals wins…Right??? Another sore loser

      • rootgamble - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:58 PM

        The confetti may have been a little much…

      • manchestermiracle - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:06 AM

        Why, you don’t have to sweep it up.

    • hrudey - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Hossa deflected the puck, which is why the referee was waving it off before the puck even got across center ice. But you’re right – one win doesn’t mean anything other than you still need three more.

  3. sprtsfan1 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Wow! Great game Kings, we got a series. Don’t think DK will get supplemental discipline but who knows. Carter should have had a penalty for slashing as well. What was with the icing being called off at the end of the game there? Looks like Hawks fans will have to see our boys finish the series on home ice in 5?!?!?

  4. sprtsfan1 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Hawks can’t keep taking those penalties. Killing ourselves with that play. DK penalty was bad, can’t retaliate, especially like that.

  5. ravenscaps48 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    How was that NOT an Icing?

    • adambballn - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:18 AM


  6. sprtsfan1 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    I said if the Hawks could hold off the Kings in the first 10 minutes they could easily win this one. Look what happened. C’mon Hawks!!! Play your game!!!! Too many turn-overs and penalties killed us tonight.

  7. kydkrunk - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    rocoop June 4, 2013, 10:56 PM CDT

    No reason to celebrate??? Team with most goals wins…Right??? Another sore loser


    not a sore loser, would rather win in chicago anyway. facts are facts. icing should have been called. no reason to waive it off. they shot from their defensive zone and missed, forr what should have been icing. you can read the rules yourself. lol refss have been a prob for every team, not saying mine is sppecial, it just happen to cost them a 3 game series lead.

    • rocoop - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      Stop with the icing excuse….Keep counting those chickens also..

  8. goodknave - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    So they win on a broken-stick goal. Obviously, that’s just lucky garbage. Not worried–they were bound to win one.

    • adambballn - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      But seriously… Why was Walkom calling this game. He should be cut by the NHL now. Funny they wait until Chicago is on the road to assign him to a game.

  9. jpat2424 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Hats off to the kings. They kept all of are top players under wraps. All thou I’ve never felt so good after a loss. Kaner get your head in the game.

  10. manchestermiracle - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Wow, quite a few bitter Hawks fans disappointed their team isn’t going to sweep and can’t give credit where credit is due. Did the refs also make the Hawks a step slow all night?

    The eighth-seed Wings took Chicago to seven games. Afraid the Kings might actually be competitive? Sheesh, their team gets outplayed one game and Hawks fans act like the loss had nothing to do with the Kings playing well. Thanks a lot for the lack of respect.

    • Jackson Scofield - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:49 AM

      Wings were 7th seed

  11. foleysfish - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Kings played a good game. Hawks were flat in 1st & 2nd periods. But 3rd they came on strong. Quick had unbelievable save or would have been a different game. If hawks play the whole game like the 3rd they win the game.

    • rocoop - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:27 AM


      • dt58 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        “shoulda,woulda,coulda”…that’s brilliant. I wish I could come up with gems like that to add to conversations

  12. kingsforever - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    If you actually played hockey. You’d know that you glide towards a puck that may reach the icing line instead of skating to it, they allow play to continue.

    Blame Hossa’s lazy arse

    • hrudey - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      Hossa was skating, because icing was waved off before the puck crossed the center red line. Probably something to do with him deflecting the puck at the blue line but not being able to keep it in.

  13. foleysfish - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    As a hawks fan my only complaint is Kane’s play. He is a non factor. He gets the puck and gets rid of as soon as he can. Looks really bad not sure whats up but he better wake up and play like Kane we are used to.

    • goodknave - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      I agree, but I’m still wondering why Q broke up the Saad-Stalberg-Shaw line to start the game. I thought they were our best in Game 2. I actually was calling them the Stallion Line, for obvious reasons.

      But hats off to LA…they were better tonight.

    • 2difshoe - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      Yep, Kane has been a mirage in the playoffs.
      He needs to step it up, put the puck on net and quit looking to make a great pass, it hasn’t been working.

      Keith, there is no place in the game for slashing a player in the FACE.
      Bickell, when a goalie is down to make a stop, lift the puck.
      I like Shaw’s effort, but trying to play tough guy game in game out, that gets old too.

      Hawks were a step slower tonight, and the Kings made the plays necessary to win.
      When you are up 2-0, that’s no time to take the night off. The Kings showed you what happens when you do.

      Hawks fan

  14. hammerhead5573 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Rocoop where were you after first 2 games, I assume after every hawks win we will not see either. What a surprise. With that said a victory is a victory no matter how it is. Teams need to play their best in the playoffs and the kings didn’t in 1st 2 games whereas the hawks did not tonight.

    • rocoop - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      Don’t be calling me out…I will put you to bed..ALWAYS ON HERE….We don’t need a “Victory is a Victory” speech..I don’t make excuses..Period!!!..I don’t start a comment, I react to STUPID ONES

      • hammerhead5573 - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:47 AM

        Umm under what name. Feel free to put the vodka down while typing, you’re already dumb enough without it. I assure you, I would have seen your dumb comments before and “be calling you out for it”. Idiot.

  15. dt58 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Good game Kings. Hawks played well at times but not near often enough and had opportunities to score but hats off to Quick and the Kings for a deserved victory.

    Don’t think Keith deserves a suspension. It was reckless but not malicious but you never know with Shanny

  16. barroomhero80 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Look at all the c-ck crybabys.

  17. blomfeld - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:57 AM


    Friends, here in the House of Blomfdeld, ‘joy’ is definitely the order of the day. Yes we beat the Hawks tonight and yes we’re now ‘back in the series’ so to speak. After all, it goes without saying that any King’s fan must be happy right now … and personally I’m just glad that Quickie was able to redeem himself tonight. Nonetheless, these ‘impotent’ 2-1 victories are a far cry from ‘that’ which is needed at the present (ie: ‘F’ the empty net goal). So unless we can muster the will to go ‘berserk’ in game 4, then I fear that our glorious enterprise may be soon coming to an end … 😦

    • nightfireop - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      blomfeld, from one kings fan to another. please….just stop. i’m begging you to just stop.

  18. comeonnowguys - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Calls are calls. Meh.

    You’re not going to sweep a team like Los Angeles. It’s just not going to happen.

    The fact Chicago was still in this game after a bad game is pretty encouraging, actually. This looked a lot like Chicago’s loss in game 3 to Minnesota than the Game 2 loss to Detroit. Stay out of the box, make better passes, and stop wavering wildly between shooting 10 feet into the zone and making one too many passes.

  19. trollaikman8 - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    All these delicious Blackhawk tears.

    I love it.

    Personally I think even down 0-3, the Kings would come back and beat that cursed chicago team.

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