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by George Malik on 05/21/14 at 10:32 PM ET
The Los Angeles' Kings' stunning rally from a 2-0 deficit to take a 6-2 decision over the Chicago Blackhawks might be summarized as follows (note the Chicago connection):
Recaps are rolling in presently, but the AP's missive does a fine job of covering the bare bones...
Jeff Carter scored three of Los Angeles' six straight goals, and the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 on Wednesday night to leave the Western Conference final tied at one game apiece.
Drew Doughty and Tyler Toffoli also scored in Los Angeles' five-goal third period as the Kings became the first visiting team to win in Chicago this postseason. The Blackhawks won their first seven home playoff games this year, but the Kings skated right by Chicago after the defending Stanley Cup champions took a 2-0 lead in the second period.
Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Nick Leddy and Ben Smith scored for Chicago, which won 3-1 in Game 1 on Sunday. Corey Crawford made 25 saves.
The Blackhawks were in position for their fourth consecutive win before Doughty drove a slap shot by Crawford to tie it at 2 just 1:37 into the third. Carter then had another power-play score at 4:04 that gave Los Angeles the lead.
Once the Kings got going, they appeared to get almost anything they wanted against the sagging Blackhawks. Tanner Pearson set up goals by Toffoli at 8:59 and Carter at 14:44, and Carter added an empty-netter for his seventh of the playoffs.
Carter also had an assist in his first career four-point playoff game. It was his second playoff hat trick.
It was the most goals allowed by the Blackhawks in a playoff game since a 6-1 loss to Detroit on May 24, 2009.
And you need to know that this crazy bounce...
And this stellar save...
A late-second-period 2-1 goal...
A game-tying goal 1:37 into the 3rd...
Jake Muzzin's gamer 3 minutes later...
And then the floodgates opened, courtesy of Tyler Toffoli--who kept going when the Hawks stopped playing as the puck bounced high but not into the netting...
Jeff Carter (again)...
And an empty-netter from #77:
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