Jun 2, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp waves to the crowd after being named the first star of game two of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Kings 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

What We Learned From Game 2 of the NHL Western Conference Finals

Jun 2, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) during the second period in game two of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Oh boy.

Do the NHL Western Conference Finals = a blowout?

Such a question, which would have seemed ludicrous a week ago, is certainly a valid one to be asking after last night’s massacre in Chi-town.  How did a series with such promise get to this point?  Let’s see what we learned last night!

Jonathan Quick is actually human.

This is bad news for the Los Angeles Kings.  Throughout these playoffs, the Kings have been outshot in almost every single game, and what’s worse, they have been outshot by 10+ shots far too many times, including game 1 of this series.  To say they have been relying on opportunistic goals and stellar play by Jonathan Quick to save their bacon night in and night out is the definition of being Captain Obvious.  The Kings actually outshot the Blackhawks last night, but obviously their offense is average at best, and they really struggled without Mike Richards in the line-up.  if the Blackhawks keep making Quick look human, this will be a four-game series, no doubt.

The Detroit Red Wings were definitely NOT in the Blackhawks’ heads

As a matter of fact, it is pretty clear at this stage of the playoffs that being challenged by the Red Wings has been a godsend.  I was wary of this Chicago team once they started talking to the media about facing adversity and needing to be up for the challenge, since that sort of talk often means, “We overlooked this team and now have to wake up before we get sent packing.”   Seems I was wrong.  Falling behind 1-3 to Detroit appears to be exactly what Chicago needed in order to find its playoff mojo.  The Blackhawks are winners of 5 in a row right now, and if any team can go into the Staples Center, where the Kings are undefeated this postseason, it’s the boys from Chi-Town.

Sure, the teams have only played two games, but right now I’m feeling good about Chicago’s chances of advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals.  I predict that they win at least one of two in LA, and finish this series off in no more than six games.  Agree or disagree?  Leave a comment below, or follow me @theamazingMrS!

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