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Kings finish strong against Blackhawks again, take 2-1 series lead

May 24, 2014, 11:00 PM EST

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In two straight games, the Chicago Blackhawks have been unable to protect leads against the Los Angeles Kings. In two consecutive third periods, the Kings have absolutely outclassed their conference final opponents.

They didn’t score six unanswered goals this time around, yet the Kings clearly pulled away in another contest, beating the Blackhawks 4-3 in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead.

Can’t get Carter

The Blackhawks have some questions to answer, and they might just start with “How do we stop ‘That 70’s Line?'”

The combination of Jeff Carter (No. 77), Tanner Pearson (No. 70) and Tyler Toffoli (No. 73) proved overwhelming for the Blackhawks once more.

Carter scored the 2-2 goal and finished with three points:

While Toffoli’s 3-2 tally was an absolute beauty:

Carter, 29, has quite the run going. He has seven points in his last two games, a five-game point streak (five goals, five assists) and 19 postseason points overall. Toffoli, 22 and Pearson, 21, have four-game point streaks of their own.

Blame game

Remember when people were worried that the Blackhawks would be doomed by Corey Crawford‘s glove hand? The 29-year-old netminder has allowed nine goals in these two defeats after posting three consecutive one-goal wins. If nothing else, Crawford can look to Jonathan Quick‘s first-round struggles to see that it isn’t too late to turn things around.

One Blackhawks player who won’t receive much heat is Jonathan Toews. “Captain Serious” scored Chicago’s two most relevant goals (Patrick Sharp made it 4-3 in the waning seconds):

More than Crawford’s numbers and a struggling power play, the Blackhawks have to be concerned about finishing strong. The Kings generated an 18-7 third period shot advantage despite entering the final frame with a lead.

Chicago wasted a great Toews performance on Saturday. Things could get awfully tense if his teammates don’t start to pick it up soon.

  1. patthehockeyfan - May 24, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Great game!! Great win!! GKG!!!

    Hawks need to figure out how to clone Toews.

    • canucks30 - May 24, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      What’s going on blomfeld?

      • blomfeld - May 24, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        Canucks30 – I ‘hear ya’ friend … like you, and whether by design or chance, I’ve also suspected this ‘Pat’ creature of being some sort of a Quisling ? Nonetheless, you mustn’t worry about it. Yes sir ! Already ‘special action’ agents are looking into ‘who & what’ she’s really all about and if what we suspect is true, then trust me friend, she ‘will’ be dealt with ! :)

        GO KINGS GO !!! … TOMORROW IS OURS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

      • canucks30 - May 24, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        What’s going on muckleflugga?

      • machosasquatcho - May 25, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        canucks30 is also blomfeld.

        this is great because knowing you, blomfeld, you probably spent weeks concocting a devious scheme to not only be blomfeld and blomfeld’s knuckledragging lackeys (joey4id, muckleflugga) and female expys (patthehockeyfan), but also now accounts ripping blomfeld. Bravo. Well played. You had us all fooled.

        You’re a disease. You’re also a loser. Get a life. Start with getting a job; give up maintaining 20 different personas on a hockey forum, maybe find a nice girl to settle down with. I dunno. Get your head on straight.

        The videos you post suck really badly too.

      • machosasquatcho - May 25, 2014 at 12:57 AM

        Oh, you’ve also been a Kings fan for juuuuuuust nearly two years. Congrats!!

      • blomfeld - May 25, 2014 at 1:32 AM

        Machosasquatcho – you’re crazy man, but I love your style ! :) … very cutting edge or ‘avant-garde’ as the French might say eh ? Anyway, be good friend and ‘do’ maintain contact okay ? Things are going to get ‘serious’ here once we’ve disposed of these Oprah lovers. God speed and hail victory … comrade Blomfeld ! :)

        ps: please maintain communication frequency 11.593.42 until final instructions are given …

      • canucks30 - May 25, 2014 at 1:48 AM

        Nope. I can’t stand blomfeld and his moronic Elvis videos and his numerous accounts (and yes he is patthehockeyfan, aldog83, thehighcountrybear, joey4id, muckleflugga, thailer35, slysipops, valoisvipers, and probably more).

        My whats going on comments here were meant to deride this fact which you seem to have misinterpreted.

        blomfeld and I have been criticizing one another for a couple of years now and I’m one of the few posters here that actually gets under his skin.

      • canucks30 - May 25, 2014 at 1:55 AM

        machosasquatcho is blomfeld

    • lindenfrank123 - May 25, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      what an overrated hockey team the HAWKS are…NBC was wetting itself with these guys even though the Minnesota Wild outplayed them in six games and looks like the Kings have outplayed them the last two…so sick of Chicago

  2. hawksin5 - May 24, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    crawford is REALLY starting to scare me. i thought we were past all of this. what is he doing?!?!? might be Raanta time. hawks are getting outplayed, out skated, and outscored by a hungry kings team that seems to want it a hell of a lot more. the display of effort from the hawks has been pathetic. 20-4 LA final shot count in the 3rd period? where are the blackhawks? hossa and sharp need to pick it up big time. but what I’m most frustrated about? Q is getting outcoached. he’s leaving lines that aren’t working. no shuffling. playing guys like bollig and handzus, when regin and morin will bring more to the lineup. I’m really worried here guys. talk me off the ledge. come on hawks

    • patthehockeyfan - May 24, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      “talk me off the ledge”

      Don’t jump!!

      Sorry. I can’t think of anything else to say. Just, DON’T JUMP!

      • lindenfrank123 - May 25, 2014 at 1:43 AM

        where’s Patrick Kane? calling Patrick Kane…where’s he at…did he make the trip out west?

    • hrudey - May 24, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      It’s a long series. The Hawks are a great team. And if you need anything to look at positively, blowing a 2-0 lead in game two against a team you beat last season by giving up six straight goals and then losing a tough game 3 isn’t something you can’t recover from – since that’s precisely what the Kings did against the Sharks. Of course, these Kings aren’t the Sharks, but neither are the Hawks. There’s plenty of hockey left to be played and these are two championships teams going at it, so until one team has four wins you can’t count either team out.

  3. bobhpine - May 24, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    When Carter and Richards each have as many cup rings as the Flyers franchise I will have a hearty laugh at the vicious, angry, losers in Philadelphia that cheer for that disgusting franchise.

    Also Jeff Carter is really pwning Scott Hartnell in so many different aspects of life.

  4. bobhpine - May 24, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Jeff Carter > Scott Hartnell

    • canucks30 - May 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      Jeff Carter’s response to Scott Hartnell:

  5. jpat2424 - May 24, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    hawksin5

    Get you head out of your ass. Crawford is not the problem. We are just getting outplayed. Face offs are terrible. Patrick sharp has his head up your ass. Stupid penalties. And once we get two goals on Quick he shuts the door after that. PP needs to get better and the passing. Get people to net. Just gotta do what LA is doing to us.

  6. canucks30 - May 24, 2014 at 11:28 PM

  7. jpat2424 - May 24, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Can somebody please put a body on Jeff Carter

    • canucks30 - May 25, 2014 at 2:49 AM

      Hartnell’s ex-wife?

  8. gobears5836 - May 24, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    rosival committed a really bad penalty and a really bad time and Crawford can’t bail em out of every game hawks goat step up their game or series could b over soon

  9. blomfeld - May 24, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    ‘ESPRIT DE CORPS’ LA KINGS STYLE ! :)

    feelings of loyalty, enthusiasm & devotion to a group among people who are members of such group

    __________________________________________________________________

    “The LA Kings are talented, sexy and ‘very’ lethal !” …

    So said a ‘romantic’ friend of mine (Kitty) here in my study only minutes ago in the wake of our ‘glorious’ victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. My friend (a ‘hot’ forty-something executive with a major mainland Chinese corporation) then went on to also say … ‘and go grab your stupid nuts Quenneville’ before proceeding to my bar to procure another ‘celebratory’ glass of Chateau la Fete, 1982 vintage. The bottom line friends is that we now have these people ‘exactly’ where we want them and there’s ‘positively’ nothing that they can do about that ! … you just gotta love it man ! :)

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

    • canucks30 - May 24, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      What’s going on patthehockeyfan?

  10. r8rbhawk - May 25, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Kings won the special teams battle hands down, and that was the difference in the game.

  11. pirovash88 - May 25, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Great to see this team playing the way they’re playing against arguably the best team in the league. Just take it 1 game at a time and let’s get another one on Monday!

  12. luvusa1 - May 25, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Hey Bob: What’s with the phenom being spewed about a “disgusting” franchise? Seriously? Cater finally woke up and good for him and the Kings.

  13. aldog83 - May 25, 2014 at 2:46 AM

    If Hawks win game 4.

    This series gets more difficult for KINGS.

    Don’t let them of the HOOK!

    (Listen to Denny Green. If you wanna Crown em…Then Crown em….)

    DON’T LET THEM OFF THE HOOK!!!

    BURY THESE GUYS!!!

    GKG!!!!!!!!!!

  14. jpat2424 - May 25, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    I can’t stand lindenfrank123

  15. joey4id - May 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Really no surprise to the knowledgeable hockey fan. :-)

    Game 1
    Joey4id – May 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM
    Chicago is well rested so expect them to win today

    Game 2
    joey4id – May 21, 2014 at 8:17 AM
    There is no doubt the Kings benefited greatly from the 2 days off after game 1. Consider their itinerary after game 7 vs the Ducks, and their day to day activities after game 1. We will see a very different LA team. I expect the Kings to tie the series.

    Game 3
    joey4id – May 24, 2014 at 12:20 PM
    Carter not overlooked by Stevie Y. and coach Babcock. He’s a gamer. Kings win again tonight. Go Kings!

    • blomfeld - May 25, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      Joey – I believe that these ‘forensic testimonials’ of yours clearly show that your knowledge and understanding of the game is ‘second to none’ here at PHT ! :)

      • joey4id - May 25, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        idk blomfeld, there’s this commenter who goes by the name of imnotyourbuddyguy who claims he played in Q, and for that reason he seems to think that he knows all. Seems like you stop learning about the game at 20 years old. Kids! Eh! Anyway, he claims to be a playoff hero… LOL! And wrote he played with JSG and Tanguay. :-) Go Kings!

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