Luck and Consistency Not on Kings Side
It shouldn't have come down to a lucky rebound late in the third giving the Chicago Blackhawks the 4-3 win and the season sweep over the Kings. But when Jonathan Toews, in his first game back after missing two games with a shoulder injury, got that puck past Jonathan Quick for the game winning goal all the air left STAPLES Center.
“That's bad luck,” head coach Terry Murray said. “I guess when you're the Stanley Cup Champion you probably get breaks, you probably get lucky bounces like that.”
Indeed it was lucky. From the back of the net Quick made the save, but as Drew Doughty tried to clear the puck it hit Toews' leg going into the net for the game winner at 14:33 in the third period.
But it shouldn't have been that way. Not after the Kings pummeled the Chicago in the first period not allowing a shot-on-goal until 8:16 after the Kings had already made 10 shots. In fact the Kings had the early advantage when Jack Johnson's shot from the center of the blue line was deflected in by Michal Handzus in the crease with the aid of a screen by Marco Strum at 4:28.
“Through the first period we were pretty solid in our game plan, getting pucks deep, getting on our D, getting chances and scoring opportunities,” Jarret Stoll said.
“Everything we wanted to do with the intensity, knowing they were a team that played yesterday and had a lot of offensive zone time,” Murray agreed.