Hawks Up 3-1 Over Los Angeles, Headed Home On Saturday
The Chicago Blackhawks have a 3-1 series lead over the Los Angeles Kings, in the Western Conference Finals. Game 5 will be played Saturday in Chicago.
Chicago took a 2-0 series lead, following wins on their home ice, during games 1 & 2. Chicago was victorious in game 1, 2-1, and they were able to send L.A. Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick to the bench, with a 4-2 victory in game 2. However, LA cut the lead in half, with a 3-1 victory at home, where they were undefeated this post-season. The victory gave the Kings a 15th straight home victory, with eight straight in the 2013 post-season.
Chicago gained a 3-1 series lead, following a 3-2 victory on Thursday night, with goals from Bryan Bickell, Patrick Kane, and Marian Hossa. Hossa’s was ultimately was the game winner.
For the Hawks, Patrick Sharp & Bryan Bickell are in 2nd place with 8 goals this post-season (David Krejci with Boston has 9), and Corey Crawford has 11 wins, which is tied for 1st in the NHL this post-season, and leads the post-season in goals against with 1.72. Crawford’s .936 save percentage is 3rd to Tukaa Rask’s .940, and Jonathan Quick’s .938.
The series had gotten physical, as Dave Bolland knocked out Mike Richards in game 1. Richards missed games 2, 3, & 4 due to concussion like symptoms. Duncan Keith was suspended for game 4 of the series, after slashing Jeff Carter in the face. Carter had to get 20 stitches, lost a tooth, and had a few other teeth cracked as a result of the penalty from Keith.
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