Royal mess: Only 3 straight wins can save Hawks

May 26, 2014|RedEye

Clearly, no one player is going to carry the Blackhawks past L.A. Jonathan Toews tried his best in Game 3. No go. That said, the Hawks could use more star power against the Kings.

Looking at you, Patrick Kane.

The Kings have shut down the Hawks sharpshooter; he had zero points in the first three games.

"You could say he's been kept off," Kings coach Darryl Sutter told the Los Angeles Times. "We've done a good job against him. He's had some brilliant opportunities. Those guys like that, they only need those one or two [to get going]. … We know that."

That likely wouldn't fly in Game 4 on Monday if the Hawks were to get even in this series. Did they have enough "showtime," as Kaner would say, to reclaim home-ice advantage?

PREGAME

Pia Toscano sings national anthem

Sorry, Pia. A ninth-place "American Idol" finisher is about 100 times less exciting than Slash, who did the honors in Game 3.

Showtime meter: 0/10

FIRST PERIOD

Jonathan Quick's glove

Hawks fans haven't forgotten how good the Kings goaltender can be. He robs Marian Hossa from straight on, positioning himself way out of the net.

Showtime meter: 3/10

Jake Muzzin's wrist shot

Time after time the Kings have walked right through the Hawks defense and left Corey Crawford practically helpless. Muzzin gives L.A. a 1-0 lead with a shot Crawford never saw.

Showtime meter: 4/10

Anze Kopitar's thievery

Two shots, two goals. Kopitar strips Duncan Keith of the puck and slides it perfectly to Marian Gaborik, and it's 2-0. Uh oh.

Showtime meter: 5/10

Score: Kings 3, Blackhawks 0

SECOND PERIOD

Corey Crawford's pads

This just in: Jeff Carter takes a shot that somehow doesn't go in. Sarcasm aside, Crawford does make a nice save to keep his team within shouting distance.

Showtime meter: 6/10

L.A.'s defense

Even when the Hawks manager to get the puck into the L.A. zone, they look about as threatening as Kane's mullet. At some point you have to credit the Kings' relentless defense. That would be now. On their first three power plays, the Hawks mustered just one measly shot.

Showtime meter: 5/10

Brandon Saad's backhand

Finally, some life from the Hawks. They force the Kings into some sloppy play in their own zone, Michal Rozsival finds Brandon Saad, and Saad scoops it just under the crossbar.

Showtime meter: 4/10

Score: Kings 4, Blackhawks 1

THIRD PERIOD

Jonathan Quick's leg

Good news: The Blackhawks sustain some serious pressure on the Kings defense. Bad news: Quick is still spectacular.

Showtime meter: 6/10

Bryan Bickell's timing

The big man pokes one past Quick to make it 4-2. Also: Patrick Kane records an assist. Repeat: Patrick Kane records an assist, his first point in the series.

Showtime meter: 7/10

Coach Q's mustache

Because win or lose, Joel Quenneville's signature feature always keeps a stiff upper lip.

Showtime meter: 8/10

Score: Kings 5, Blackhawks 2

 

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