The Chicago Blackhawks looked pretty dominant in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Kings and that had many thinking that we could be looking at a 2-0 series lead with things heading back out west after Wednesday night. But as it turns out, that couldn’t be any further from the truth as not only did the Blackhawks lose, they were blown out and run out of the building in Game 2.
Chicago jumped out to a pretty convincing 2-0 lead in the second period but those two goals were answered by six from Los Angeles as the Kings routed the Blackhawks 6-2 to even the series at 1-1.
The most devastating part about the loss for Chicago was the score, as it didn’t seem like they even stood a chance in the last half of the game as their offense fell completely flat and whatever defense they had evaporated quicker than Corey Crawford was letting pucks through his pads.
Los Angeles evens the series with the win and head back to Los Angeles with a ton of momentum. They can’t close the series out, but they’ve forced a Game 5 thanks to their effort and they once again showed just how dominant they can be when they’re pushed down and have to dust themselves off.
There wasn’t as much dusting going on in Game 2 as there was relentless goal scoring and that’s something we’ve seen the Kings be capable of more than a few times this postseason. They’ve faced adversity and powered through to the Conference Finals, so to count them out after Game 1 was foolish.
This is now a deadlocked series in more than one way, as the Blackhawks desperately need to erase this game from their memories if they want any hope of bouncing back in Game 3 in hostile Los Angeles.