The Chicago Blackhawks are just one win away from securing a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2010 after handing the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 loss in game four of the Western Conference Finals.
It was Los Angeles’ first loss on home ice in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
After the first two periods mirrored each other with Los Angeles scoring early in the period only for Chicago to tie it late, the Blackhawks did the early scoring in the third and final frame.
Taking advantage of a poorly executed Kings line change, Michal Handzus skated into the Los Angeles zone with Marian Hossa on a two-on-one. Handzus made the feed across to Hossa who buried a perfect shot past Jonathan Quick to put the Hawks up 3-2 just 1:10 into the third.
Then the Hawks shut the Kings offensive attack down.
In the final twenty minutes of play, Chicago allowed just two shots by LA. It made the remainder of the game easy work for Cory Crawford who stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced during game four.
The Kings got on the board first when defenseman Slava Voynov opened up the game with his sixth goal of the playoffs 3:28 into the game. Bryan Bickell’s eighth of the postseason tied it up at one 10 minutes later.
Two minutes into the second, Dustin Penner made it 2-1 LA, but Patrick Kane tied it for Chicago with less than two minutes to go in the second frame.
Quick stopped 25 of 28 shots for LA.