Blackhawks Down Kings Again, Take 2-0 lead
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013
The Chicago Blackhawks scored two goals apiece in the first and second periods as they defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 4-2, for a 2-0 lead in the 2013 Stanley Cup Western Conference Final at United Center.
The Blackhawks got goals from Andrew Shaw and Brent Seabrook in the first period to grab a 2-0 lead before Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus scored 2:09 apart in the second to make it 4-0.
"We had some nice shots," said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, who got 29 saves from Corey Crawford. "We had some high-quality stuff off the rush as well in that period. I still think that's going to be an ongoing challenge with him."
The four-goal barrage forced Kings coach Darryl Sutter to replace Quick with Jonathan Bernier with 10:40 still left in the period. Quick finished with 13 saves while Bernier had nine.
The last time Quick allowed four goals was April 25, 2011, when the San Jose Sharks needed overtime in Game 6 of the conference quarterfinals to eliminate the Kings.
Quick, who entered the series with a 1.50 goals-against average and .948 save percentage, hadn't been pulled from a playoff game since April 23, 2010, when he gave up four goals to the Vancouver Canucks.
During that game, Quick came back to finish the game after Erik Ersberg allowed two more in a 7-2 loss in Game 5 of the conference quarterfinals.
Game 3 is Tuesday at Staples Center where the Kings have won 14 in a row, including the past seven in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Kings center Jeff Carter scored late in the second period to make it 4-1 and Tyler Toffoli scored a power-play goal with 1:02 left in the third period, but Los Angeles got nothing out of Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown.
Carter played center because Mike Richards was unable to play in Game 2 due to an upper-body injury he sustained in Game 1 while Toffoli, who had a goal and an assist, was playing in place of Richards.
Los Angeles had several scoring chances in the first period, when it managed 13 shots against Crawford but the Blackhawks got goals from Shaw and Seabrook for a 2-0 lead.
Bickell was credited with a power-play goal 7:11 into the second to make it 3-0 before Handzus scored off a 2-on-1 rush at 9:20 to send Quick to the bench.
Game 3 is at Staples Center, where the Kings have won 14 in a row, including the past seven in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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