Monday, March 14, 2016

Quick, Kings Crown Blackhawks, 5-0

Tonight saw a clash between two teams that have won five of the last six Stanley Cups as the Los Angeles Kings visited the United Center for a showdown against the Chicago Blackhawks.  The Kings were shooting like it was the O.K. Corral, and Jonathan Quick was just that, as the Kings demolished the Blackhawks, 5-0.

The Blackhawks got an early power play and put a ton of pressure on Quick, but couldn't find the back of the net.  Right afterwards, ex-Blackhawk, Kris Versteeg, found a loose puck in front of the net, and buried behind Corey Crawford, just 3:17 into the game.  The next shift, and :18 later, Milan Lucic wristed a shot, top shelf, over Crawford to give the Kings a quick, 2-0 lead.  The Blackhawks would find the crossbar and the goalpost on two separate occasions, miss 6 shots in the period, but no goals as the 1st period ended.

 The 2nd period provided just 5 combined shots for the first half of the period.  But with 4:30 remaining in the period, Vincent Lecavlier, had a wide open net, and buried it to give the Kings a 3-0 lead.  The Blackhawks challenged the goal for goalie interference, but none was called.  The goal counted and the period ended with a big deficit for the Hawks to try and overcome.

In the 3rd, the Blackhawks had a couple of power plays, but Quick was not to be beaten tonight.  He made save after save.  At the 11:20 mark, Dustin Brown, who hadn't had a point in 11 games, streaked in on a partial breakaway, and tucked a shot around Crawford for a 4-0 Kings lead.  With just under 5 minutes left, Tyler Toffoli, made it 5-0, Kings, with a wrist shot that went threw Crawford.  After the 6th Blackhawks power play, the game mercifully ended.

Notable Mentions:  The Blackhawks power play that w

as on fire, have now gone 0 for its last 11 chances over the last two games.  It's the first time this year where the Hawks have given up back to back games where they have given up 5 goals.  The Blackhawks had 9 turnovers, 8 by defensemen.  Patrick Kane now has just 1 point in his last 5 games.

Three Stars Of The Game

1st - LAK - Jonathan Quick - 32 Saves, 1.000 SV%, Shutout
2nd - LAK - Kris Versteeg - (1G 1A), +2
3rd - LAK - Milan Lucic - 1G, +2, 2 hits

Next game: Wednesday, March 16th, Home vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7PM, CT, NBCSN

Previous Meeting between Blackhawks and Flyers:
Chicago Blackhawks - 0 at Philadelphia Flyers - 3


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