The Chicago Blackhawks scored two second-period goals as part of a repeated shot-taking effort on gifted Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, producing a 2-1 victory over visiting Los Angeles in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday at United Center.
Following a first-period goal by Kings winger Justin Williams -- his third goal in two games -- Chicago produced two goals within a four-minute span in the second period to take the lead.
Chicago outshot the Kings, 36-22.
Quick, who started the game with a 1.50 goals-against average, had virtually no chance to stop the deflected blast by Keith as Hossa was positioned directly in front of Quick, a play teams practice routinely.
In the third period, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford capped a strong effort, finishing with 21 saves.
A late Kings’ penalty meant the game ended on a Chicago power play, the visitors having no chance to pull Quick and pressure Crawford.
“It’s tough,” Crawford told NBC Sports of enduring the early, strong effort by his rival Quick. “You have to stay strong mentally.
“We played really well, had a lot of chances at the net and were moving the puck well.”
The Kings are now 1-6 on the road in playoff games,, all 2-1 losses.
The teams resume the series at 5 p.m. PDT Sunday at United Center.
Here's a period-by-period recap:
Third period (Blackhawks 2, Kings 1)
The Blackhawks remain poised passing in defensive zone with 2:09 left.
Then Kings forward Jeff Carter trips Bolland, a penalty with 1:37 left in regulation.
On the Chicago power play, it looks like an old four-corners basketball stall, burning seconds the Kings need to pressure Crawford. It’s not happening.
Jonathan Quick remains in goal with 20 seconds left. Good thing as a save is needed.