The Blackhawks are on fire right now. After a heroic 3 game comeback against the Detroit Red Wings that propelled them into the Western Conference Championship, the ‘hawks now find themselves in the midst of a five game win streak and on the verge of contending for the greatest prize in hockey, Lord Stanley’s Cup.
After a close Game 1 where the ‘hawks rallied from behind to win, Chicago came out firing on all cylinders in Game 2 and made Jonathan Quick look like a playoff rookie. It’s a rare sight when the 2012 Stanley Cup MVP gets yanked from the crease only halfway through the second period.
Here’s a look at what happened in Game 2:
“Whoever is shooting the puck, we feel as a team that we have the confidence that it’s going to go in at some point,” Jonathan Toews said after Sunday’s game. “So we’ll keep shooting the puck, creating those chances and trying to take his (Quick’s) confidence away.”
When they aren’t scoring, one of the major keys to Chicago’s success this postseason has been their penalty kill which continues to be impenetrable, killing 45 of 47 total penalties.
After a much needed day off, both teams are back in action tonight in LA. The Kings will look to turn this series around and continue on their remarkable stint at home, boasting an impressive 7-0 record.
“We just haven’t been finding a way,” Jonathon Quick said, after falling to 1-7 on the road in the playoffs. “We have to find a way. They did their job. Now we have to go home and do our job.”
If the Kings cannot get it done in Los Angeles, they will see their hopes of a Stanley Cup repeat slowly slip away. All eyes will be on Anze Kopitar to see if he can once again start finding the back of the net and give this home crowd something to cheer about. Los Angeles desperately needs his scoring ability on the ice or they will continue to struggle in this series.
The Kings announced today that they will again be without their leading point scorer Mike Richards. He missed Game 2 after he took a brutal hit from Chicago’s Dave Bolland late in the third period of Game 1.
Staples Center – Los Angeles, California
Tomorrow, 9:00 PM (ET)