By Elizabethiz Piraino |Staff Writer|
No matter who wins the series, fans will remember the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks match up for years to come.
One of the biggest highlights in the postseason playoffs was when the Kings came from behind to score six unanswered goals in game two of the Stanley Cup Playoff’s Western Conference Finals.
The winner of this series will go on to play in the National Hockey League (NHL) finals.
The 6-2 loss was the first time the Blackhawks have lost on home ice at the United Center during the Playoffs this year.
The win was especially sweet for the Kings, who were eliminated by Chicago in the 2013 Playoffs.
The Kings had not been able to win at the United Center during any Playoffs, going 0-7 overall going into Wednesday night.
The Kings’ captain, Dustin Brown, summed up the win when he said, “I think this is a huge game for our approach [and] I guess, our psyche. Kind of like slaying the mythical dragon. We’ve been dominated by this team over the last couple of years. To come in here and get a win in their building with the type of home record they have, I think gives us a boost in confidence.”
Chicago finished the regular season 46-21 with a home record of 27-7-7.
LA was down 2-0 before they scored their first goal with less than two minutes left in the second period.
Justin Williams tipped the puck into the net with assists from Mike Richards and Dwight King.
“I really liked how we played for 38 minutes,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said.
“We did everything we were looking to do. They got a little momentum at the end of the period scoring a big goal for them on an innocent play, gave them some life.”
The Kings then went on to score six goals in a row with Jeff Carter finishing with a hat trick. The first of Carter’s three goals came on a power play and was originally credited to Drew Daughty, but after referees reviewed the play, the goal was given to Carter.
The Kings are making it a habit to come from behind, both in games and in series. In the first round of Playoffs, the Kings were down three games to none and came back to win four straight against the San Jose Sharks.
The Western Conference Semi-Finals saw The Kings take the series to seven games. The Kings won the first two games and then lost the next three to the Anaheim Ducks. They won the next two games, forcing the deciding game seven.
Kings prevailed, beating the Ducks to win the series.
Kings’ coach, Darryl Sutter was asked about luck being a factor in game seven, and how he manages it.
“Luck? You can’t manage luck. And I’m not managing, I’m coaching,” said Sutter.
Kings goalie, Jonathan Quick, came up big with 23 saves after making a crucial save in the second period to keep the Blackhawks from going up 3-0.
Along with Quick’s saves, Carter’s three goals and William’s goal, Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli each contributed a goal which led to the Kings win.
The 6-2 win over the Blackhawks marked the first time the Kings scored more than five goals in a game during the post-season since 1993, when they beat Vancouver, according to STATS, sports information leader.
The game also marked the most goals Chicago has given up in post-season play since their loss to Detroit in 2009.
Chicago forward Patrick Sharp was quoted in the post-game press conference saying, “Obviously, things unraveled during the third. We’re not happy. And we’re looking forward to getting on the plane and making up for it in game three.”
The series moves to Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Saturday and continues with game four, Monday night at 5 p.m., PT.