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Hawks won’t have time to rest with Game 2 Sunday

BLACKHAWKS 2, KINGS 1

Kings 1 0 0 — 1

Blackhawks 0 2 0 — 2

First Period—1, Los Angeles, Williams 5, 14:23. Penalties—Clifford, LA (closing hand on puck), 8:21; Shaw, HAWKS (interference), 8:37; Penner, LA (roughing), 11:49.

Second Period—2, HAWKS, Sharp 8 (Oduya, Handzus), 12:29. 3, HAWKS, Hossa 6 (Keith, Bickell), 16:22. Penalties—Penner, LA (elbowing), 12:47.

Third Period—None. Penalties—Leddy, HAWKS (tripping), 7:19; Carter, LA (tripping), 18:19.

Shots on Goal—Los Angeles 2-12-8—22. HAWKS 17-14-5—36.

Power-play opportunities—Los Angeles 0 of 2; HAWKS 0 of 4.

Goalies—Los Angeles, Quick 8-6-0 (36 shots-34 saves). HAWKS, Crawford 9-4-0 (22-21).

Referees—Wes McCauley, Dan O’Halloran. Linesmen—Jonny Murray, Jean Morin. A—21,535 (19,717). T—2:30.

Updated: July 3, 2013 7:05AM



Most players weren’t happy about seeing back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday to open the Western Conference final, but following the Blackhawks’ 2-1 win in Game 1, Patrick Kane said it could be an advantage to get right back out there on Sunday night.

“We’re excited about it,” Kane said. “It’s good to keep that momentum and keep moving forward. I think if we lost the game or guys were tired, it might be a little bit different. But for us personally, I think everyone feels good in here, and we’re excited about getting the win and keeping that momentum into next game, instead of waiting a few days like we did last series.”

After absorbing 44 hits, there was going to be little recovery time.

“It’s tough, it’s probably not ideal,”

Patrick Sharp said. “But both teams are in the same situation, so there’s no excuse there.”Added

Duncan Keith : “It’s the same both ways, right? So you just have to try to take care of yourself and get the rest when you can. Obviously, tonight would be ideal.”

Big Bick

Bryan Bickell made his presence felt on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa . He tied Brent Seabrook with a team-high six hits, and assisted on Hossa’s game-winning goal, feeding Keith’s slap shot from the blue line.

“Bicksie is a great skater,” Hossa said. “When he’s moving his feet, he’s so dangerous. He’s crushing people, he’s opening up space for us. He’s a big body and he’s having an unbelievable playoffs.”

Keith agreed: “He’s been great, he’s been rock solid for us all playoffs long. Any line that he’s on, because of his size and his physicality out there, he provides a lot of space for his linemates.”

Ice capades

The game was played about 17 hours after the Rolling Stones concert on Friday, and the ice clearly suffered the effects. The choppy ice made it even more important for the Hawks to go for greasy goals rather than pretty ones.

“It won’t be pretty, especially [with] the ice,” Hossa said. “A little bit of bad bounces, so we won’t have any pretty plays. So it’s going to be one of the ugly goals, and we have to just go that way. … It’s the same for both teams. But it’s hard to handle the puck sometimes.”

Injury report

Jarret Stoll , who suffered a concussion on a hit by San Jose’s Raffi Torres in Game 1 last series, returned for the Kings, centering the third line.



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