It was a physical contest between two of the best teams in the Western Conference. It was Duncan Keith starting the play that gave the Blackhawks the lead. A pass by Bryan Bickell was tipped and Brandon Saad picked up a loose puck that he roofed past Martin Jones at 7:05 of the first period.
The second period featured an onslaught by the Kings; however, Antti Raanta would stay strong. The Kings put up fifteen shots on goal but Raanta made several great saves. But the biggest save of the period was when Dustin Brown was awarded a penalty shot after a hooking call on Brent Seabrook. Raanta stopped Brown on the penalty shot with his right pad and blocker.
The third period did not feature many shots from the Kings as they registered five. But Keith made the play of the game when he stopped Kyle Clifford on a breakaway by poke checking the puck away from behind with a little over five minutes remaining to secure the victory.
What it means
The Blackhawks rebound from their shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues with a solid defensive performance. The Blackhawks start the second half with a win and are now 28-7-7 which is good for first in the NHL.
3 stars of the game
3. Martin Jones- Jones has performed well in the absence of Jonathan Quick. In 10 games, Jones is 8-2 and has lost his past two starts. Jones made 29 saves on 30 shots in another solid performance.
2. Duncan Keith- It was another strong game for Keith who is going to merit serious Norris trophy consideration. Keith had one assist to extend his point streak to three games. It was an all around night for Keith who blocked two shots and was a plus one.
1. Antti Raanta- This was one of the last games for Raanta on a regular basis as Corey Crawford is close to returning. The play of Raanta has been a pleasant surprise as he is now 10-1-3. This was the first career shutout for Raanta who made 26 saves on the night and 20 in the final two periods.