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Video: Goaltending optional for the first period of Game 7

Jun 1, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

The 2014 Western Conference finals have been rough at times on Jonathan Quick and Corey Crawford. The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings didn’t make life easier for those two struggling netminders in the first period of Game 7.

The Blackhawks rushed out to a 2-0 lead, with Patrick Kane collecting two more assists to continue his absolutely ridiculous run since Chicago has been on the brink of elimination. Here’s his assist on Brandon Saad‘s fourth goal of this series.

Jeff Carter‘s outstanding feat of hand-eye coordination made it 2-1 with about three and half minutes left in the first period, which is when this game shifted from “hectic” to “flat-out wacky.”

Here’s video of all five goals from that wild first period:

Consider the stream of goals beginning with Carter’s tally, when he avoided the crossbar:

  • Carter scores his ninth goal of the playoffs at 16:31 of the first period.
  • Justin Williams (pictured) redeems his first period penalty (which led to the Toews goal) with another Game 7 goal at the 17:22 mark of the opening frame. Williams’ 13 points in Game 7’s now ties Doug Gilmour for the NHL record while his his seven goals ties Glenn Anderson.
  • That tie only lasted 11 seconds for the Kings, however, as Patrick Sharp gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead at the 17:34 mark.

Like Saad’s goal, Sharp’s tally came from an angle that might leave Quick soul-searching for some time. (Video coming soon.)

To review, the two teams scored two goals in 11 seconds and three in one minute and 13 seconds (give or take). Kane has been involved in nine of the Blackhawks’ last 12 goals, which is all that much more amazing being that the stakes are so high.

It’s tough to imagine these two teams topping that opening 20 minutes, but considering the level of play between the Kings and Blackhawks, do you really feel safe doubting them?

  1. dannymac17 - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    this game is too much.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      ^ This ^

  2. bucrightoff - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    This effing series….just can’t end. 7 more game please.

  3. shamu1the1whale - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    I’m on the edge of my seat the whole time. This game is making me so nervous!!!

  4. comeonnowguys - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    That 2 man was a huge kill.

  5. cubbybeers41 - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    My heart has stopped too many times tonight. This series has taken a good 3 years off of my life. I don’t see LA going down without a fight. I have a feeling this one is going to last more than 20 minutes.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      Chicago will probably get at least two penalties in the third.

      This will be 5-5 heading to OT.

  6. sburns20 - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    I can’t imagine next series can compete with this one. Every period and game is good

  7. hrudey - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    It’s playoff hockey at its very best. That being said, I think if Chicago could find some way to lose before facing the Kings in the playoffs in future years, I wouldn’t be heartbroken in the least. They’re just so darned good.

  8. hawks52 - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Best series ever.. PERIOD!

  9. comeonnowguys - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Hawks are playing like they have a 2 goal lead. Good news for the Kings eventually.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Or, you know, like now.

  10. hawks52 - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    I’ve never commented on this board before but I have to give props to the Kings and their fans. Our new best rivals

    • hrudey - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Same to the Hawks and their fans (who have been top class like their team), except with the caveat that it’s not really a rivalry until the Kings win a series against Chicago.

  11. terrier92 - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    What a great game!!!!!

    • kerby720 - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      Definitely a great game!!! Though can’t say it’s good for my health.

      GKG!!!!

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