Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/22/14 at 08:47 AM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Then, an innocent goal on a harmless play with under two minutes to go in the second period by Justin Williams got the Kings to within one and opened the door for a wildly unexpected five-goal third-period explosion - keyed by two consecutive power-play goals - that turned certain defeat into an unexpected Los Angeles victory.
And with that, ladies and gentlemen, we have a series, tied at a game apiece, with both teams having two days off to ponder what comes next.
The Blackhawks sounded almost shell-shocked in the aftermath of the defeat, Quenneville noting how “the way it turned on a dime like that, I don’t know if we’ve seen a game like that all year, where we’re doing everything right and then all of a sudden, it was a disaster.”
The Kings, of course, have been down this path before in these playoffs. They’re like an unwanted house guest, never quite knowing when to leave the party. The San Jose Sharks had them down three games to zero in the opening round, only to see L.A. engineer a comeback from the ages. The Anaheim Ducks had them on the ropes in the next round, but couldn’t finish them off either, L.A. advancing in seven games again.
And now? The Blackhawks got a taste of those never-say-die Kings.
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