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‘It turned into a disaster,’ says Blackhawks’ coach Quenneville

May 21, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

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How does one put that into words?

The Chicago Blackhawks, playing on home ice, were leading the L.A. Kings by a pair of goals late in the second period when the visitors suddenly erupted for six unanswered goals, including five in the third period, in a 6-2 victory to even the Western Conference Final.

It was a stunning loss for the Blackhawks, who had a chance to go up by three goals but were denied on a brilliant save from Jonathan Quick, who made 23 saves for the win.

Joel Quenneville summed it up, as per Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: “I really liked how we played for 38 minutes. We did everything we were looking to do.”

The coach also added: “The way it turned on a dime like that, I don’t know if we’ve seen a game like that. … It turned into a disaster.”

It started off well enough.

Nick Leddy opened the scoring for Chicago in the first period, as he went top corner on Quick with a beautiful backhander on a partial breakaway – just over a minute after the Blackhawks thought they scored but had the goal waved off when a video review showed the puck never crossed the line.

Ben Smith made it 2-0 Chicago and everything looked good for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

But the Kings, after Justin Williams got them to within a goal before the end of the second period, clicked on the power play in the third. Jeff Carter and Jake Muzzin scored goals on the man advantage less than three minutes apart, and just like that, L.A. was in front as opposed to chasing this one.

Carter recorded the hat trick in the third period.

“It just goes to show you what can happen when you take your foot off the gas,” said Patrick Sharp, as per Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

  1. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 21, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    No S- Sherlock Patrick Sharp. Didn’t you learn that already when you did it against St. Louis about three weeks ago?

  2. Professor Fate - May 21, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    “It just goes to show you what can happen when you take your foot off the gas,” said Patrick Sharp.

    If you’re going to use an automotive analogy then it looked more like they drove straight off a cliff without touching the brakes.

    Hey, whatever you do don’t give the Kings credit for cranking up their level of play and leaving the ‘Hawks eating their dust. Obviously sleeping pills must have been slipped into the water bottles on the Chicago bench.

    • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 21, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      I’ll give the Kings credit in that once the Hawks stop playing their game, LA kicked into high gear and started playing their game. For the first 30 minutes, the Hawks were dominate and the Kings didn’t have an answer. Role reversal for the last 30. Once they got going, the Kings never let up, which is what great teams do.

  3. c9castine - May 21, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    woof. who was that on the ice in the 3rd?

    crawford was bad on his own too.

    interesting series we have here. i said when the Kings pulled off the upset against San Jose they would win the cup. they looked just like they did in 2012, like nothing can shake them and they just keep finding a way to win. havent won 11 straight but still.

    and so we have the team who looks unbeatable, and the best team in the league. i imagine this is a 7 gamer.

  4. canucks30 - May 21, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Good Crow

    Bad Crow

    Which one will show up for Game 3?

    • r8rbhawk - May 21, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      preferably the one that worked his nuts of for the Stanley Cup

      • r8rbhawk - May 21, 2014 at 11:58 PM

        *off

    • r8rbhawk - May 22, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      one more thing, remember how I said I didn’t want to relive this series. Well I guess the only good thing about this series was the gal behind the coyotes bench. I’m sure you remember her.

  5. 22lakings22 - May 21, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    In true Kings fashion, this team likes to do things the hard way. That being said, 6 unanswered goals against the Hawks is impressive. That feat, at an unbeaten United Center, speaks for itself…Let’s hope the Kings can continue this momentum on home ice. Go Kings Go!

  6. blomfeld - May 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    VICTORY = THE KINGS OF LOS ANGELES !!!

    and you know why ? … because ‘he’ says so !!!!!! :)

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

    I luv you guys man ! :)

    • slysipops - May 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      and the comments from the HAWKS ………………..

      • slysipops - May 22, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        HOPEFULLY , the KINGS will feel like this after game 3 …………..

  7. canucks30 - May 22, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Is it just me, or is Carter the streakist goal scorer in the game? He’s either on a 15 game goal drought or dropping hat tricks like they’re going out of style.

    • c9castine - May 22, 2014 at 2:11 AM

      guys like that win games on their own though that is rare, even if its just here and there

  8. mackattack29 - May 22, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Lol hawks blow.

  9. namriverrat69 - May 22, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Chickenhawks can’t hang.

  10. sharksfan97 - May 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    This game “turned on a dime?” I can recall a couple of other series where the Kings looked dead in the water and then turned on a dime. This team has an uncanny ability to turn it on when they need to. Is it Sutter or the players or a combo of the two I don’t know but I’ve never seen anything like it. Hawks are in trouble if the Kings can flip the switch on and dominate like they did the two previous series.

  11. slysipops - May 22, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    it would be so great if the KINGS felt like this after 3 more games ……………

    • slysipops - May 22, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      • blomfeld - May 22, 2014 at 11:06 PM

        HELLO, MY NAME IS SLYSIPOPS … ‘JAMES’ SLYSIPOPS !

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