May 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) during the third period of game two of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center. Los Angeles won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks still angry over Game 2 loss

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For nearly 40 minutes of play, it appeared that no one would be able to handle the Chicago Blackhawks. For almost two periods — and going back to Game 1, five periods — the Chicago Blackhawks had been making mince meat of the second best team left in the playoffs. Then the LA Kings struck late in the second period to cut the Hawks 2-0 lead in half. Then they scored again. And again. And again. And again. And, yes, one more time.

In less than 25 minutes, the Hawks watched a 2-0 lead, and their perceived dominance over all things NHL, dissipate in one fell swoop. The curtain fell as Jeff Carter seemingly scored at will in the third period. The team is understandably peeved, which doesn’t bode well for all things Game 3. No matter. The Kings now at least have an idea of what it looks like to pepper Corey Crawford with good shots and see a few go in. Maybe that will be the difference in what appears to be a matchup of teams separated by a razor thin margin.

Now we have a series and the distinct possibility that the Chicago Blackhawks may not win the next six Stanley Cups after all. Whew. No wonder the team’s mad. Once again, the LA Kings have proven that they are also among the toughest outs in the NHL. Once again, hockey fans are being treated to some of the finest hockey the NHL playoffs have to offer.

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  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    Blackhawks players being peeved is good, now perhaps they’ll heed their own warnings relative to what could happen by not playing a near complete game, as they’ve been playing with this problem? I’m sure our Hawks will channel this peeved energy and reestablish home ice advantage hopefully by winning that elusive playoff game #3, but they SHALL WIN one of the 2games in LA! Lastly, I really hope that Coach healthy scratches Rosival and inserts Brookbank!

    • nickatnoon

      Enjoy it while U can Queen fans, b/c it won’t last too long!

      • manofredearth

        There’s no NHL team called the Queens, get with it.

  • mikeburke

    Honestly, I was shocked at the attitude of the Hawks players after this game. They looked like little schoolyard bullies after meeting someone who fought back. The Kings are even-keeled, quietly determined bunch. To me the Hawks seem arrogant and entitled (I think that bubbles in Chicago like a virus). Anyway, the Hawks CLEARLY dominated the first 38.5 minutes of this game. But over all six periods, to me the Kings look like the stronger team. To me, Hawks are diminished from last year’s squad while Kings improved dramatically with the youngsters (how good are they?) and of course Gaborik, who is quietly magnificent. Also, Muzzin and Martinez have matured on the back end. I believe the team who wants to taste that Cup will power through. Based on 4 of six periods in each series, that looks like the Kings or the Rangers. I like the Hawks, especially Toews and Kane, but don’t want to see a dynasty or repeat Cup champ (unless it is LA). But, they are both really good teams. It is the best possible series, and the winner of this series should win the Cup. On another note of interest, LA needs more banners. Spread the wealth. After all, it’s not “fair” that Chicago has all those banners. Doesn’t all that “fairness” stuff emanate from Chicago? What’s wrong with them? We need some proper banner-wealth distribution. One thing in which Chicago beats LA and everybody else, hands down, no contest is the National Anthem (Boston, don’t say that drunken Rene Rancort is even close to Cornieleson). Amazing. That guy is a genius. SO, SO good with Pellico, the organist. They should have their own show, and I would buy a ticket just to see them and go home. Old Chicago Stadium and the previous guy who sang it may have even been better, if that’s possible. I wish the LA people would hook up a guy like this for LA. Instead, we get the cast offs from American Idol. Anyway. Go Kings. We cannot lose any more periods. Bring the pain. Win seven more games!

    • manofredearth

      So Chicago is all about arrogance. And fairness. Got it…

  • blacksunday

    they are not bullies…more like arrogant …why their coach could not give the Kings any credit whatsoever is a good indication. F the hawks

  • blacksunday

    Again, if we can start really start taking the body to these guys, we can wear them down easily.