Dec 30, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) with the puck during the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The Kings and Blackhawks got together for the 2nd time this season in what was a physical first period. The Kings came out hitting and it showed on the scoresheet with a 19-10 lead which included a Colin Fraser check that sent Michal Rozsival into the box between the penalty boxes. Brent Seabrook did equalize the hits when he stood up a couple of Kings that were running at him. The Hawks got on the scoreboard first when Duncan Keith sent Bryan Bickell ahead on a 2 on 1 and somehow Bickell’s pass got to Brandon Saad who finished it with the puck in the back of the net! Saad made the play and hopefully his name will be read Wednesday afternoon for Team USA. The period had a lot of icings and stops but in the end it was 1-0 Hawks at the end of one period.
The second period can be summed up in one word…Boring. The Hawks had two powerplays back to back and had a couple of chances but the last two minutes were pretty bad. The Kings had two chances of their own, but the Hawks penalty kill which has been showing signs of life was very solid on both kills. The only real excitement of the period was when Dustin Brown somehow walked in between Keith and Seabrook and it created a penalty shot. Brown’s shot lacked any kind of creativity and Raanta stopped it pretty easily. The Kings are playing hard but didn’t have much offense to show for their efforts and when the horn sounded it was still 1-0 Hawks.
The third period was the most dominant of the game by the Hawks, and the period turned midway through when the 4th line fore checked for an entire shift and the tide was turned. The Kings only had 3 shots on net until the final minute and Raanta was strong when he needed to be throughout the game. In the end Raanta gets his first career shutout and the Hawks a 1-0 victory.
-The Hawks are 22-0-5 when scoring first
-The Hawks are 23-0-3 when leading after two periods.
-Very good bounce back effort after Saturday nights Blues Shootout loss.
-Good Bye 2013 It’s been a Great Calendar Year!!