The Chicago Blackhawks do what they do best and don't let a bad games get any further than the night it was played. After the 7-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Hawks come out with 3 first period goals against the Los Angeles Kings, which no team had scored any first period goals against the LA in 18 games! Where does that come from? But anyone knows if any team had a chance to do it, it's the Chicago Blackhawks. The Captain, Jonathan Toews, used his all powerful hockey brain to setup two of the three goals in the first. Both primary assist; one a shorty (shorthanded goal) and one on the power play. Lets talk about the shorthanded goal. Johnny Oduya takes a tripping call; Kings PP; cleared down the ice; Toews, the first one to get down the ice for the Blackhawks, backs off, lets LA's D man Jake Muzzin get to the puck in the right corner, then Jonathan Toews goes to work. Toews pins Muzzin to the boards, turns himself and slides the puck to the slot where Marian Hossa is camping out and finishes right. 1-0 Hawks. Enough about that now. Starting in the 2nd period, Patrick Kane, from his own zone, is able to create a 2-on-1 for Kris Versteeg, along side Handzus, puts it over the glove of goaltender Ben Scrivens, 2-0 Hawks. Not nearly done here. The goalies were the players of the second. Annti Raanta was standing on his head the whole period, making a toe stopping save of Kings forward Anzi Kopitar while the Kings were on the power play. Ben Scrivens also bounced back stopping all 15 of the second period. Then all 15 of the third. Raanta ended up giving up one against the Kings, which was scored from the back end by, Alec Martinez. I thought that the way Raanta played, it was unfortunate that he gave that one up. Chicago moves to 24-7-5 (53 points, 1st in Central Division). The Kings go down to a record of 22-8-4 (48 points, 2nd in Pacific Division under the Anaheim Ducks).
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