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Kings score six unanswered goals, take Game 2 and even series with Blackhawks

May 21, 2014, 10:51 PM EST

Well, this game sure turned in favor of the L.A. Kings in a hurry.

The Kings, trailing 1-0 in the Western Conference Final to the Chicago Blackhawks, were down by a pair of goals in the second period, before exploding for six unanswered in a shocking 6-2 victory to take Game 2 and even the series.

With the Blackhawks looking to increase their lead, L.A.’s goalie Jonathan Quick made a spectacular sprawling pad save off Brent Seabrook in the second period, keeping Chicago’s advantage to just two goals. Wouldn’t you know it, but that stop, one for the highlight reel, was also critical to the Kings comeback.

Shortly after Quick made that save, Justin Williams got L.A. back to within a goal after the puck deflected off his skate and past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.

From the NHL’s Situation Room Blog:

At 18:14 of the second period in the Los Angeles Kings/Chicago Blackhawks game, the Situation Room supported the referee’s call on the ice that Mike Richards‘ centering pass deflected off Justin Williams’ skate and into the Chicago net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 78.4 “if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed.” Good goal Los Angeles.

And it was all Kings after that.

L.A. scored five times in the third, including a hat trick from Jeff Carter. His first came on a deflection from a Drew Doughty wrist shot on a Kings’ power play early in the final frame.

The loss ends Chicago’s winning streak on home ice in these playoffs at seven games. The Blackhawks opened the scoring late in the first period on a beautiful backhand goal from Nick Leddy. They upped their lead to two goals when Ben Smith beat Quick on a partial breakaway.

  1. r8rbhawk - May 21, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Dang. Well that last period sucked. Nice push back by the Kings, they looked like they were going to be skated out of the building but found a way to pull it off. The best thing for the Hawks to do is flush this game down the toilet and just focus on Game 3.

    • hrudey - May 21, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      I liked the third a lot more than you did, but it’s just one of those things where things started going wrong for Chicago and they couldn’t claw back in it. For lesser teams, that could be a sign of an impending collapse in the series, but the Blackhawks have two rings in the past few seasons for a good reason and I’m sure they’ll just come out ready for game 3.

      • comeonnowguys - May 21, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        I don’t have a crystal ball, but I have a feeling they’re going to hear about that netting/no-netting goal.

        More than a little bit.

      • r8rbhawk - May 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        Yeah, I’m sure all kings fans loved the third period. I am not worried yet; this is essentially the same team that was down 3-1 to Detroit and 2-1 to Boston last year. Both teams in this series are very resilient so it will be interesting to see the pushback on both sides as this series drags on. The Kings demonstrated their resiliency tonight and got the win. Let’s see how the Hawks respond.

  2. steelcity333 - May 21, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Wow. Did Chicago even play in the 3rd period? Didn’t see that coming after the first two periods. Great performance by LA in the 3rd.

  3. kaptaanamerica - May 21, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Can’t wait to hear ‘twinkle’ Toes responses about what went wrong. Always making excuses about themselves and never giving credit where it’s due.

    L.A. smacked these clowns down hard and hopefully it only gets worse on the west coast…

    • pirovash88 - May 21, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      You see that interview with Coach Q at the podium? He gave LA zero credit, now we know whom Toews learned it from.

      • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 21, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        What did he say?

    • blomfeld - May 21, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      I luv ya man ! :)

    • hammerhead5573 - May 22, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Please provide examples of where every team gives credit after every loss. Better yet please provide proof of your team, the Nucks giving credit to the team that beat them recently. Ooh wait they didn’t even make the playoffs, never mind. You are a fraud dude. Ever since the beginning of the year all you have done is complain about Toews. Sad, sad life you live when all you do is whine about other players, meanwhile your team has some of the most classless players and fans in hockey.

  4. dannymac17 - May 21, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    that escalated quickly.

    • seitz26 - May 21, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      It kicked up a notch.

  5. nightfireop - May 21, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    hey chi, don’t worry about la, you’re a higher seed than us. please write us off…
    ..remember, we’re just a 6th seeder. no worries at all. just keep doing what you’re doing.

  6. pirovash88 - May 21, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    I thought Hawks fans said they had this in the bag? Never underestimate your opponent, especially a team as resilient as LA.

  7. charlieconway96 - May 21, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    The Kings puck possession and passing in the third was awesome. The fake shots and fake passes worked like a charm as well!

  8. comeonnowguys - May 21, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Well, look at that. Chicago sat on another two goal lead and they paid for it. Just like in St. Louis. Who would have thunk it?

    • r8rbhawk - May 21, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      you are right, it sucks. I had my “well Brandon Bollig isn’t completely worthless” comment locked and loaded after that nice tip pass to Smith, now it is in the garbage.

      • comeonnowguys - May 21, 2014 at 11:10 PM

        If that was Morin that gave up that penalty, I’m pretty sure Q would have cracked him over the head with Raanta’s stick. Bollig must have some dirt on Q to get in the lineup.

      • namriverrat69 - May 22, 2014 at 12:38 AM

        It was easy to see that the Chickenhawks met their match in the end. This will continue as the Kings will continue to overwhelm the Chickenhawks the rest of the series which should be over with the Kings winning in 6 games.,

    • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 21, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      I said the same thing. You could feel it midway through the second. No skating, stretch passes, nothing. Get to the blue and dump it in.

      I thought they would have learned by now but apparently not.

      Now for you Kings fans about to flame me for not giving credit to LA, let me stop you. The Kings smelled blood in the water and absolutely dominated the last 30 to 35 minutes. They didn’t give the Hawks any chance to come back and stepped on their throat.

      • joey4id - May 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        Well! Hawks were out hit, out scored and out played by a rested Kings team.

        McFaddensPulledHammy – May 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM
        LA Kings, please keep out-hitting my Hawks. That means you don’t have the puck.
        :-)

      • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 21, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        Yeah, they looked rested en route to a 2-0 deficit mid way through the second. The Hawks stopped playing their game, which fed directly into what the Kings need to do to win the series.

      • joey4id - May 22, 2014 at 7:22 AM

        The score wasn’t indicative of how well the Kings were playing. They idn’t have the legs needed to play a good team last Sunday. The boys rested and voila. It’s ok to give credit to the Kings. Hawks still remain an awesome team.

  9. suesawicki2000 - May 21, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Wow, great job Kings, now that’s the way to take down a team. Chickenhawks totally gave up in the 3rd., guess they aren’t as tough as they think. GO KINGS GO, now bring it home and do the same. WOOOO HOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. lowenni - May 21, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Damn. Where did that come from? Carter can just score like hell when he wants to…On another note, I really want to see Gaborik to win the Cup. I’ve never been a huge fan of his and have often criticized his consistency and work ethic but this is a really great redemption story for him. He’s a good guy and when he’s on, he’s a hell of a player. Scored 40+ goals several times in stifling defensive systems in Minny and NY. I think he could’ve scored 60 in his prime. Best of luck to Gabby.

    • joey4id - May 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      it’s called rest, or leveling the playing field.,

  11. Professor Fate - May 21, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    How strange to see the Kings have an offensive breakout, particularly against a team like the Blackhawks. Kudos to Jeff Carter for his hat trick, even if one was EN. The too-many-men penalty that resulted in the Kings’ first PP goal was borderline ticky-tack, but it only tied the score. The second penalty on Bollig was legit and after that the Kings just took the ‘Hawks to school.

    The Kings need to get past starting games flat and finding themselves in a hole before they wake up. If being behind is how they get motivated they won’t last long against a team like Chicago. Next game, in L.A., will be very interesting seeing as how the Kings haven’t been all that great at home in these playoffs.

  12. nicofthenorthstar - May 21, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    If this marks the end of Crawford’s blazing hot streak, the Hawks are done. Simple as that. Crawford has been carrying them.

    • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 21, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      This had nothing to do with Crawford. The Hawks stop skating, which played directly into the hand of the Kings. Once LA got their game going, they didn’t stop.

  13. muckleflugga - May 21, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    that sighing sound, the ghost of conn smythe catching the lake shore limited via adirondack

    connection to montréal or new york city

    all ‘board

  14. jpat2424 - May 21, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Seriously. What the hell did we ever do to you LA for an ass beating like that. Go hawks.

    • blomfeld - May 21, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      you said ‘bad’ things to us …

      • President Charles Logan - May 21, 2014 at 11:41 PM

        us?? you got a mouse in your pocket or joey’s hand in your pocket….

        oh wait i am posting this to you joey… that’s right!

  15. stakex - May 21, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    For whatever reason, the Hawks simply didn’t play in the 3rd period. How that can happen to such a good team in the Conference finals is beyond me, but it did.

  16. r8rbhawk - May 21, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    This comment is directed mostly to my boys from Minnesota (Danks, Purpleguy, Nic Northstar, Lord Fletcher, LuvMn Sports, Clarke16 and Chuck Trust sorry if I missed anyone else maybe goodguitar?)

    Hey guys, let’s be real. The Blackhawks just took the night off, just like they did twice against Minny LOL

  17. President Charles Logan - May 21, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    joeyid4blomfeld … logging in right around the same time , hmmmm lol ….
    stay tuned for multiple conversations amongst themselves

    • machosasquatcho - May 22, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      you’d know best wouldn’t you, blomfeld?

      • President Charles Logan - May 22, 2014 at 2:50 AM

        lol hate to break it to ya machosassypants, but i know for sure that i would never want be associated with blom and im more then certain that he wouldnt want be be accused of being me either ….

  18. sburns20 - May 21, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Hawks are all off since the nhl is giving 2 and 3 days off between games which is stupid and momentum killing. That being said hawks just didn’t come ready to play and should of put la away in the first but didn’t capitalize on power plays. LA hung in long enough and bit them in the butt. That being said I wasn’t aware that by winning this game LA advanced to the Stanley cup.

    • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 21, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      They came ready to play, which led to a 2-0 lead. They thought they could hang on the last 30 minutes of the game but dump and chasing and got their a–es handed to them.

    • 22lakings22 - May 22, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      Hawks fans were already planning the Cup parade after Game 1. Sour grapes, sburns20.

    • namriverrat69 - May 22, 2014 at 12:49 AM

      On the other hand, by losing this game, Chicago did not advance to the Stanley Cup either. Their fans had annointed them after the first game. This is going to be a hard fought series which could go 7 games but i think the Kings will beat the Chickenhawks in 6 games.

    • ron05342 - May 22, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      No, you are right Hawks fan, L.A. did not advance to the Stanley Cup Final with last night’s win (sarcasm smiley here).

      It will take three more wins. But if your Hawks decide to quit on plays like they did on the 4th goal, this is going to be a very short series.

  19. blomfeld - May 21, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    TAKE ‘THAT’ WINFREY !!! :) :) :)

    and while you’re at at, go ‘shove’ your stupid book club !!!

    ____________________________________________

    GUESS WHAT FELLOW KINGS FANS … ‘HE’ WANTS US TO WIN ! :)

    blomfeld – May 20, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    DON’T WORRY RAANTA … THE JOB IS ‘ABOUT’ TO BECOME YOURS !!!

    _________________________________________________________

    *** this message is for fans of the reigning SC Champion LA Kings only ***

    Well, this is it friends. Tomorrow night we need to ‘put the boots’ to these Oprah lovers big time ! … I say ‘F’ their stupid book club ! As you know, if we can fix these bastards tomorrow night then we’re seriously ‘in’ like Errol Flynn ! Anyway, I’ve now got an ‘innate’ hunch that Captain Brown is going to go ‘berserk’ tomorrow along with comrades Kopitar, Carter, Martinez and Richards ! Yes sir ! And I also have a hunch that comrade Quick is going to hand the Chicago ‘starting’ goalie gig to Raanta on a silver platter ! You just gotta love it man ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! …. SMASH THE HAWKS AND THEIR STUPID CASTLE OF SAND !!!

    • chicagobtech - May 22, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      You keep talking about Oprah Winfrey like she’s a staple of Chicago.

      News flash: she’s not. She sold the land her studio is on, then signed a short-term usage lease. She’s dumping her Midwest property left and right. She also bought a rather sizeable plot of land in California. She’s well on her way to becoming a Californian.

  20. ronniethec - May 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    President Charles Logan. Did you know that Jack Bauer is a Kings fan? (And Nina Myers WAS a Hawks fan).

    • President Charles Logan - May 22, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      I know Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland being that he’s from Canada ) is a fan of Hockey in general… I read he grew up a Leafs fan and then when he got famous in Hollywood most likely cheered for the Kings … Nina Myers (Sarah Clarke) just looked up that she’s from St Louis so that’s interesting she likes the Hawks.. good stuff!

  21. ronniethec - May 22, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    24. LAD. Love it!

    • President Charles Logan - May 22, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      I never thought the show would ever come back !! this past year seemed like took forever for it to finally air on fox!! hope it stays around for a few more seasons!! sooner or later they’ll have to put it away and bury it for good but i just hope jack or chloe never dies !

  22. ronniethec - May 22, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    A friend if mine who is a tv screen writer told me that howard Gordon said that season 9 is definitely the last. I am thankful that after 4 years the best show ever came back for a curtain call. Let’s hope that it has a fabulous ending. Maybe we will see Tony one last time.

    • President Charles Logan - May 22, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      I have a sneaky feeling that Tony is going to surface and help Margot set off these drones or do whatever

  23. sburns20 - May 22, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Hawks fans are always planning a cup parade cuz that’s what dynasty’s do they expect to win. I still don’t see any reason to put the parade plan on hold. It was one game, win by 1 or 4 or 40 doesn’t make any difference still counts the same.

    • nightfireop - May 22, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      yea that’s hawks fans, i hope the hawks players think the same thing.

  24. govtminion - May 22, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Well, that’ll teach me to switch to the Daily Show after two periods. Wow.

  25. flyerspsu - May 22, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Seriously once Carter went to LA he turned into this playoff machine while in Philly it was the opposite, he had about 5 non empty net goals in over 50 playoff games with the team

    • hrudey - May 22, 2014 at 8:06 AM

      That may have as much to do with the talent around them as anything else. Carter (and Richards, for that matter) are extremely good players – but they’re not generally the guys who you can expect to carry your team entirely. But when they’re on a team where they don’t have to be the main scoring line (that’s Kopitar, especially now that Gaborik is on his wing) and Richards doesn’t need to be the main shutdown centerman (again, Kopitar) they can thrive in a secondary role.

      • flyerspsu - May 22, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        LA definitely has the better team and being a secondary player has helped Carter, but the Flyers had good teams that finished top 5 in scoring every year w/ 3 good scoring lines and Carter would just absolutely disappear come playoff time while Briere, Richards, Giroux, and even guys like JVR/Leino (1 huge year each) consistently came up big

        idk that was just the big knock on Carter in Philly and now in LA hes been a tank come playoff time

  26. dwadholm - May 22, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    It’s so obvious the NBC announcers have a hardon for the Hawks… Listen to how they call the game like a bunch of homers.

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