When playing a series against the Stanley Cup Champions, it’s a good idea to win as many games as you can as quickly as possible. Already down a contest, the Los Angeles Kings returned to the ice in Chicago Wednesday night for all intents and purposes needing a win. And a statement win is what they got.
It didn’t start out well for the Kings, who were down 2-0 early in the 2nd courtesy of the Blackhawks’ Nick Leddy and Ben Smith. It looked as if perhaps that 2-0 Game Two deficit would lead to an 0-2 series deficit.
But that was not how it all played out.
The Kings, no strangers themselves to having their names etched on the Cup in recent years, didn’t panic. Instead, they pulled a rabbit out of their hat in the form of six straight goals to storm back and crown the Blackhawks 6-2 at United Center.
The Kings received goals from Justin Williams, Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli, with Jeff Carter adding a Hat Trick that included an empty net tally.
Now that the Kings have shown they’re in this series for the long haul, they have a chance to take the lead in front of the home crowd Saturday night when this series shifts to southern California.