May 26, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defensemanDrew Doughty
(8) celebrates with teammates includingAnze Kopitar
(11) after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period in game four of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Game 4: The Chicago Blackhawks vs. the LA Kings
In essentially a must win for the Blackhawks, the Kings seized control of the series. While the Blackhawks would come hard to start the game, the Kings would essentially end the game in the first period. The Kings have outplayed the Blackhawks since the third period of Game 2. The Blackhawks made a push in the third period but it was not enough to over come that early deficit.
1st period: The Kings knew the Blackhawks would come hard and the Blackhawks did just that. However the Kings responded in a big way. Special teams were the difference in the first period. Both Anze Kopitar and Dustin brown each spent time in the penalty box, however, the Blackhawks could not capitalize. Meanwhile Marian Hossa went to the box on a questionable call of goalie interference. Jake Muzzin who has been huge for the Kings this series, scored the first goal of the game. The Kings would waste no time as Marian Gaborik but the Kings up 2-0 less than two minutes later. With less than five minutes remaining Patrick Sharp would take a roughing penalty and once again put the Kings on the power-play. Dustin Brown cashed in for the Kings scoring the game’s third goal. After the first period, the Kings lead 3-0.
2nd period: The Kings continued to dominate in the second period. Midway through the second period, Drew Doughty blasted a wrist shot past Corey Crawford. The lead was 4-0 for the Kings. Not all of those goals were on Crawford, the Kings have been getting net front presence and obstructing Crawford’s view. Brandon Saad would finally get the Blackhawks on the board late in the third period. Andrew Shaw who has been committing stupid penalties took another stupid penalty to end the period. The third period started with the Blackhawks and Kings playing 4 on 4 hockey.
3rd period: The Blackhawks came out with a lot of energy. They out shot the Kings 8-5 in the period, butthe three goal lead was too much for the Blackhawks to overcome. Bryan Bickel made interesting with a goal midway through the third period, however, the Kings played great defensive hockey. The three goal lead that Kings raced out to in the first period was too much. Tanner Pearson ended the game with an empty netter. The final score was Kings 5 and the Blackhawks 2.
The Kings are now one win away from returning to the Stanley Cup Finals. Teams have trailed 229 times and come back to win 20 times. That is 8.7% of the time. The Blackhawks did it last year against the Detriot Red Wings in the second round.
Game 5 is Wednesday in Chicago.
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