The Los Angeles Kings had a great, and maybe their best, chance to overthrow the reigning NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks tonight on home ice. But they didn’t.
This was a door they most certainly did not want to leave open, as things will now become much more difficult for them with the resulting road Game 7.
As for Game 6, it went back and forth all night.
Dwight King opened the scoring in the 1st for his namesake squad with a low wrister past ‘Hawks’ goalie Corey Crawford. But less than three minutes into the 2nd Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Ben Smith tallied a mere 1:37 apart to give the visitors the lead.
Kings’ defenseman Drew Doughty tied the score a quarter way through the 3rd, and then just over two minutes later assisted on Alec Martinez’s power play marker that gave L.A. the lead.
With 11:34 left in regulation the ‘Hawk’s Duncan Keith deadlocked the contest once again on a dazzling backhand pass from Patrick Kane.
Kane himself then sent the series back to the Windy City with his 8th playoff goal and second of the evening 16:15 into the final session.
The talented Blackhawks have proved throughout this entire postseason that they’re in no way resting on their laurels or rings.
After bouncing the favored Blues and taming the Wild, the ‘Hawks have shown that there is clearly no 2014 Cup Hangover on the shores of Lake Michigan.
And it stands to reason that they will be more than ready for a Game 7 battle in front of the home crowd.
As for Los Angeles, the Kings have fought their way through two tough series, including an amazing 0-3 comeback against San Jose. And now they must win one more road game to advance past their long-time Western Conference foes.
One way or the other, this series between Original 12 teams will be decided Sunday night in Illinois.