Chicago's home record in the Stanley Cup playoffs remained impeccable this postseason as the Blackhawks defeated the Kings, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at United Center behind Brandon Saad's goal and assist and Marian Hossa's two assists in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
The Kings were trying to bring the momentum of their stirring seven-game series against the Ducks to the Midwest, less than 40 hours after finishing off Anaheim.
But the Blackhawks have been a force at home in the playoffs, now 7-0 this postseason.
Game 2 in the best-of-seven series will be here on Wednesday.
The lone Kings goal was scored by rookie forward Tyler Toffoli in the second period.
This time it counted ... for Jonathan Toews.
The Blackhawks took advantage of a three-on-one rush to make it 3-1 late in the third period.
Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin stepped up to make a big hit in the neutral zone, helping create two-man-advantage attack when the Blackhawks gained possession of the loose puck.
Toews finished off a nifty passing play, beating Kings goalie Jonathan Quick with a shot from the right circle at 16:10. Assisting on the play were Johnny Oduya and Marian Hossa. Hossa has assisted on two of the Blackhawks goals.
The Kings have six minutes to try to tie the score, or even take a lead if you're optimistic, but they'll have to generate some more scoring opportunities to do so.
Each team has killed off one minor penalty in the third period. The Kings have only three shots in 14 minutes, though. The Blackhawks aren't getting many more chances, with only five shots in the third.
Less than three minutes into the period, the Kings gained a man advantage when Chicago defenseman Michal Rozsival was sent off for tripping Kings center Mike Richards. At 7:18 of the period, Justin Williams drew a penalty for elbowing Rozsival.
There was no shortage of drama in the second period of Game 1 in this Western Conference finals series.
Three goals scored ... and two of them counted.