It was a much quicker pace than Game 1. Both teams came out flying but the fast action favored the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks gave up an odd man rush on the power play but after getting control of the puck, Nick Leddy had a breakaway. Flying into the zone, Leddy beat Jonathan Quick with a backhand shot top shelf at 14:16 to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead after one period.
In the second period the Blackhawks continued to dominate the play. Off of a line change, Ben Smith beat Quick with a wrist shot at 1:40. But the inability of the Blackhawks to stretch the lead to three would cost them. The skate of Justin Williams redirected a puck past Corey Crawford at 18:14 to make it a 2-1 game after two periods.
It was all Kings in the third period as Jeff Carter tied the game after a bad Brandon Bollig penalty on the power play beating Crawford when he redirected a Drew Doughty shot at 1:37. After a questionable too many men penalty, the Kings would waste no time taking the lead on the power play as Jake Muzzin beat Crawford to the top left post after he failed to seal the post at 4:04. Next up it was Tyler Toffoli who scored at 8:59. With the Blackhawks pressing, Carter beat Crawford on a 2 on 1 at 14:44. It wouldn’t take long for Carter to complete the hat trick as he scored an empty netter at 16:29.
What it means
The series will head back to Chicago for sure a week from today. First up the series heads to Los Angeles where the Kings are 3-3 in the playoffs. However, the Blackhawks haven’t been good on the road going 2-4 in the playoffs. This was the first loss at home for the Blackhawks in the playoffs who are now 7-1 at the United Center.
3 stars of the game
3. Jonathan Quick- It wasn’t the best game for Quick but with his team down two, he stopped Brent Seabrook on a one timer on a 2 on 1 to keep the Kings within striking distance. Quick made 23 saves on 25 shots and was tested often in the first two periods.
2. Jake Muzzin- It was a strong game for Muzzin who scored his fourth goal of the playoffs. It was the goal by Muzzin that gave the Kings the lead for good. Muzzin was a plus two on the night and blocked four shots in 21:46 of ice time.
1. Jeff Carter- Carter had a breakout game that was badly needed for the Kings forwards. Carter had three goals, one assist and was a plus two on five shots on goal. Carter has seven goals in the playoffs now and has recorded 16 points in 16 games.