Jonathan Toews and Corey Crawford talk about how they went about beating L.A., even when a certain call didn't go their way.

5-0. 

That's Australian Blackhawks fan Paul Wilkins' record when he attends games at the United Center. Hard to argue with that success. 

Same goes for just about everything Hawks related Sunday. Wilkins (@pwilkins10) and more than 21,000 others saw Chicago knock off the L.A. Kings 3-1 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Sunday at the United Center. The Hawks take a 1-0 series lead into Game 2 on Wednesday at the United Center.

Goals by Brandon Saad, Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews backed Corey Crawford's 25 saves.

"You got to commend our players for not changing their approach in big games," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I think there's always going to be adversity in the course of a game, you're always going to lose momentum in the course of a game. Against a good team like that, you want to get it back as quick as you can, which I thought was a big point in today's win." 

While the Hawks got exactly what they wanted with Sunday's result. RedEye wanted to know what would happen if we turned over the @redeyesportschi Twitter account to the Aussie superfan. What we got was as satisfying as a clutch Crawford stop.

 

Editor's note: Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is probably Australia's best-known landmark. It stands 1141 feet high and is 2.2 miles and 1.2 miles wide. In other words, that's one huge hangover. 

Editor's note: Brandon Saad opened the scoring for the Hawks with his first postseason power-play goal. He redirected a slap shot from Nick Leddy past Jonathan Quick, who made 17 saves Sunday. 

 

Editor's note: Dude, it's one thing to drink Bud Light when you're at a game, but don't deny yourself the pleasures of Chicago Craft Beer Week. Lucky for you, that's this week!

Editor's note: In the second period, it looked like Jonathan Toews had given the Hawks a 2-0 lead on a drive to the net. The puck went off Kings defenseman Slava Voynov and into the L.A. goal. But after a review, the refs ruled Toews made contact with Quick before the puck went in, and disallowed the goal. For what it's worth, Comcast SportsNet's Steve Konroyd said it looked like the right call was made.

Quotable: "No comment."

--Hawks coach Joel Quenneville, on whether he was buying the refs' explanation for why the goal was disallowed.

 

Editor's note: Keith's blast from near the blue line deflected off the stick of a Kings player, then took a tricky hop off the ice and wound up in the top right corner of the net. When it's going your way, it's going your way.

Quotable: "I think there's a better feeling as far as the way we were supporting each other a little bit. I think that helps; it's a lot easier for defensemen when you have that support."

--Duncan Keith, on the feel of the L.A series so far compared with the Minnesota series

 

Editor's note: Toews did get on the board by firing one past Quick on a three-on-one rush in the third period, off a pass from Johnny Oduya. The captain now shares the team lead with six goals this postseason.

 

Editor's note: We will have to take your word for it on that one, Paul. What we can confirm is that Crawford was outstanding again Sunday. He made 25 saves, including 16 in the second period, many of which were spectacular. Incidentally, what does "Niklas Hjalmarsson" mean in Australian?

Quotable: "I think as a team we want to keep raising our play as the stage gets bigger and bigger, but I think if there's anyone that's doing that, it's Crow. Whether it's big penalty kills or us protecting leads in tough situations late in games, he just seems to get better and better as the pressure mounts."

--Jonathan Toews

 

Editor's note: Tops are optional Bondi Beach. That is all.

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