The Stanley Cup playoffs have had constants for the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings. The Blackhawks have had the strongest home ice advantage of the Stanley Cup playoffs, while the Kings have the reputation of coming back from anything. But in Game 2 on May 21, the Kings' reputation held firm, as they turned a 2-0 deficit -- and a potential 2-0 deficit in the Western Conference finals -- into a 6-2 blowout in just over 20 minutes.
The Blackhawks were riding high from their 3-1 Game 1 win on May 18, as they picked up where they left off in Game 2. Nick Leddy got his first goal of the postseason in the first period, followed by Ben Smith getting his second in the second period. It took Jonathan Quick's best efforts for the Kings to only stay down by two goals, before they flipped the switch late in the period.
Justin Williams gave the Kings momentum into the locker room by scoring with under two minutes left. Los Angeles then took that momentum and ran over Chicago in the third period, tying the score on a redirection from Jeff Carter just 97 seconds in. A power play tally from Jake Muzzin over two minutes later put the Kings ahead for good, with the Blackhawks realizing only too late that the rout was on.
Tyler Toffoli stretched the lead to 4-2, before Carter added his second goal of the period with nearly five minutes left. The Blackhawks soon emptied their net, yet Carter completed the hat trick in short order. In just under 22 minutes of game time, the Kings racked up six straight goals and made a big rally earlier than usual.
The Blackhawks are the only team to have their way with the Kings in the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2012, having gone 4-0 against them in Chicago in the postseason. It looked very much like the Blackhawks would jump to another 2-0 lead in a conference final at home and then cruise from there, but the Kings flipped the script.
Now that Chicago has fallen at home for the first time in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Kings have their chance to take control. In fact, if the Kings hold onto home ice in Games 3 and 4, they could be the team holding a 3-1 lead in a series for once this year.