Teams turn up intensity in early stages of Game 2
BY MARK LAZERUS firstname.lastname@example.org June 2, 2013 11:00PM
BLACKHAWKS 4, kings 2
Los Angeles 0 1 1 — 2
Blackhawks 2 2 0 — 4
First Period—1, HAWKS, Shaw 4 (Stalberg, Saad), 1:56. 2, HAWKS, Seabrook 2 (Hossa, Toews), 19:09. Penalties—Seabrook, HAWKS (cross-checking), 13:52; Bickell, HAWKS(tripping), 19:36.
Second Period—3, HAWKS, Bickell 6 (Sharp, Saad), 7:11 (pp). 4, HAWKS, Handzus 2 (Sharp, Kane), 9:20. 5, Los Angeles, Carter 6 (Toffoli, Voynov), 18:57. Penalties—King, LA (tripping), 5:28; Stoll, LA (boarding), 12:36.
Third Period—6, Los Angeles, Toffoli 2 (Penner, Voynov), 18:58 (pp). Penalties—Bolland, HAWKS (hooking), 2:10; Fraser, LA (roughing), 11:15; Clifford, LA (roughing), 11:15; Rozsival, HAWKS (roughing, cross-checking), 11:15; Toews, HAWKS (roughing), 11:15; Keith, HAWKS (delay of game), 17:59.
Shots on Goal—Los Angeles 13-5-13—31. HAWKS 9-11-6—26.
Power-play opportunities—Los Angeles 1 of 4; HAWKS 1 of 2.
Goalies—Los Angeles, Quick 8-7-0 (17 shots-13 saves), Bernier (9:20 second, 9-9). HAWKS, Crawford 10-4-0 (31-29).
Referees—Dan O’Rourke, Marc Joannette. Linesmen—Steve Barton, Brian Murphy. A—21,824 (19,717). T—2:31.
Updated: June 3, 2013 12:21AM
Captain Jonathan Toews, his helmet skittering along the ice, skated over to goalie Corey Crawford with a big smile on his face and patted him on the butt.
Just saying thanks.
‘‘He’s so competitive in all areas,’’ Toews said. ‘‘Obviously, he didn’t like to see me take a few shots there, so he thought he’d step in. It was a great moment.’’
If not for Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick getting pulled in the second period, Crawford wrapping his arms around Kyle Clifford’s head and dragging him away from Toews might have been the most unlikely sight of the Blackhawks’ 4-2 victory Sunday in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
With the Kings down 4-1 midway through the third period, their frustration appeared to boil over. First, Colin Fraser decked Toews in front of the crease, prompting Michal Rozsival to jump on Fraser and start pummeling him on the ice. Clifford then came in and tomahawked Rozsival in the back of the head. Toews pulled Clifford aside and took a couple of punches before Crawford surprisingly stepped in.
‘‘Their guy grabbed [Toews] and got a couple of free shots,’’ Crawford said. ‘‘I figured it was enough, decided to go in there and grab his head.’’
Rozsival said the Hawks weren’t going to sit back and take it from the Kings, especially when their captain was involved.
‘‘Jonny got hit there in front of the net for no reason,’’ Rozsival said. ‘‘Just trying to help him out and let them know that we are there.’’
As for Clifford’s clubbing?
‘‘I don’t even know what happened there,’’ Rozsival said with a smirk. ‘‘I blacked out.’’
Three hours before the faceoff, Kings coach Darryl Sutter said center Mike Richards, his leading postseason scorer, was ‘‘fine.’’ But Richards was a last-minute scratch.
‘‘He was fine today, then I think once his blood got pumping tonight, the adrenaline got going, there were symptoms,’’ Sutter said. ‘‘I went right in after warmup. He was sitting there, and I said, ‘Unless you’re 100 percent, you’re not playing.’ ’’
Richards was hurt and appeared dazed by Dave Bolland’s hit late in the third period of Game 1. The NHL didn’t think Bolland’s hit, on which he appeared to leave his feet and hit Richards in the chin with the back of his shoulder, was egregious and decided against any disciplinary action. No hearing was held. Sutter didn’t complain about the lack of a penalty or punishment for Bolland.
‘‘It’s not really an issue,’’ Sutter said.
The Kings have a dismal 1-7 road record in the postseason, compared with their 7-0 mark at Staples Center. En route to winning the Stanley Cup last season, they won their first eight road playoff games.
‘‘Yeah, it’s a weird thing,’’ Kings center Jarret Stoll said. ‘‘I don’t think you can pinpoint one or two things. Seems like our offense on the road has struggled, scoring one goal, not more than two. I don’t know what that is.
‘‘We’ve got to find a way to win some games on the road if we want to keep our season going. We know that.’’