May 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy (8) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in game two of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Leddy puts Blackhawks up 1-0 with sick backhand goal (GIF)

The Chicago Blackhawks are looking to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions this year after taking care of the Boston Bruins in 6 games last season. On Sunday they took another step in that direction, beating the Los Angeles Kings, 3-1, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

Tonight, the teams are squaring off again in Chicago, with the Blackhawks looking to go up two games to none and put a chokehold on the series. And through one period, they’re on their way. Nick Leddy scored a sick backhand goal at 14:16 to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead they maintained through the end of the period.

Check out a few different looks of Leddy’s goal below.

First you can see the closeup, as Leddy holds off his defender and flips the puck up over Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick.

 

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Then, check out the end-to-end view to see how the play develops. Great transition play from Chicago here to catch the Kings off guard.

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Chicago is already up 1-0 in the series and if they keep getting play like this out of Leddy then there’s not saying how far they can take this potential Stanley Cup repeat journey.

 

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