MORNING STANLEY CUP OF JOE – JUNE 3, 2013
CHICAGO 4, LOS ANGELES 2; CHI leads 2-0
The Blackhawks scored the first four goals of the game to chase Jonathan Quick midway through the second period and Corey Crawford made 29 saves to backstop Chicago to its fifth consecutive victory.
TIME TO SHINE
Bryan Bickell’s goal early in the second period proved to be the game-winner, his second of the playoffs. Bickell has six goals overall in 14 games this postseason, or one every 2.33 contests. He recorded nine goals in 48 regular-season games this year, or one every 5.33 contests.
GOOD TO BE HOME
Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford improved to 8-1 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in nine starts at United Center this postseason. That matches his home win total from the entire regular season, when he went 8-2-3 with a 2.26 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 13 appearances.
Chicago forwards Marian Hossa (2-4—6) and Michal Handzus (2-3—5) both extended their point streaks to five games. For Hossa, the five-game streak matches the longest of his postseason career (also accomplished in 2002 as a member of the Senators). For Handzus, who was acquired by the Blackhawks just prior to the 2013 Trade Deadline, the five-game stretch is the longest of his playoff career.
Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick was pulled midway through the second period after allowing four goals on 17 shots. He had not been pulled from a game (regular season or playoffs) since March 14 at San Jose, a stretch of 30 consecutive starts. Quick had not been pulled from a postseason game since April 23, 2010, at Vancouver, a stretch of 41 straight playoff starts.
Sunday’s game marked the end of two record streaks by the Kings: the team’s 34-game postseason stretch of not allowing more than three goals and Jonathan Quick’s individual record of the same number. The team mark was seven games longer than previous record of 27, set by Detroit from 2002 to 2006. Quick’s individual streak was six starts longer than the old record of 28, set by Montreal’s Patrick Roy from 1992 to 1994. The last time the Kings or Quick allowed more than three goals in a playoff game was April 25, 2011, when Los Angeles lost, 4 3, in overtime to San Jose in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. (Elias)
TWOS AND ONES
Prior to Sunday, each of Los Angeles’ last seven postseason defeats (dating to last year) was by a 2-1 margin.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Blackhawks (8-1) and Kings (7-0) have the most home victories in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Neither team has more than two wins on the road this postseason (Chicago: 2-3, Los Angeles: 1-7).
The Kings lost for the first time in the last two playoff years when scoring at least two goals (22-1) . . . The Blackhawks yielded a power-play goal on home ice for the first time this postseason (26-for-27, 96.3%) . . . The Kings hadn’t played back-to-back road playoff games since April 8 9, 1989, at Edmonton (lost both games) . . . Chicago rookie Brandon Saad (0-2—2) and Los Angeles rookie Tyler Toffoli (1-1—2) both recorded their first career multi-point playoff games . . . The Kings hadn’t trailed by more than two goals in a playoff game since April 21, 2011, versus the Sharks, a streak of 36 consecutive games.
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Boston @ Pittsburgh, Game 2, BOS leads 1-0, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Source: NHL MediaStanley Cup Playoffs News And Notes by Sports Talk Florida