For two periods, it looked like another terrible national TV showing against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Los Angeles Kings were flat, and the Hawks were having their way with the struggling Kings defense. Quick looked a little better, but after being outshot 2-to-1 in the first and second periods, there was no indication that Los Angeles would be able to find a way back into the contest.
Well, the effort got better and the Kings got on the board twice in the third. But two goals from Mike Richards and a late 6-on-4 opportunity couldn't quite overcome the huge hole the Kings were in. The Blackhawks remained undefeated in regulation with a 3-2 win, and the defending champs went down on Hockey Day in America.
The first period was a tour de force for the home team. Brent Seabrook put the Blackhawks on the board after Jonathan Quick lost his stick and Chicago cycled the puck. Duncan Keith eventually delivered a cross-ice pass to Seabrook, who snuck down below the left circle and was totally ignored by Keaton Ellerby and Drew Doughty (who, since you were wondering, was -2 but factored in both PP goals). Seabrook scored into the open net for a 1-0 lead, and it only took four minutes for #2. An irate Darryl Sutter watched as the Kings took a too-many-men penalty, and his mood didn't improve when Keith once again created a goal. A driving Jonathan Toews was the beneficiary of Keith's slap/pass, and though his initial tip effort hit the post and hung on the goal line, he was able to dive and knock the puck in before Quick or Scuderi could get to it.
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