The Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings played for the second night in a row last night. It was all Blackhawks in the first and second period, with the Hawks even chasing Jonathan Quick out of the net. Jonathan Bernier replaced Quick after the Hawks went up 4-0 in the second period. If you told me that a team was going to score four goals on Quick in the playoffs, I would have never believed you…maybe if you said it was the Penguins, just maybe.
Andrew Shaw and Brent Seabrook tallied the first two goals of the game in the first period for the Hawks. During the second period the domination continued as Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus added two more to the scoreboard, making it 4-0 . Jeff Carter put the Kings on the board in the second period making it 4-1, with the period ending shortly after. The Kings could not keep the momentum going after Carters late second period goal and would only add one more goal late in the third period. Tyler Toffoli put in a bouncing puck past Corey Crawford, but time ran out on the Kings. Chicago took both of their home games so far in the series taking a 2-0 lead going into LA and the Staples Center. Game three will be Tuesday, the 4th, puck drops at 9:00 PM at the Staples Center. Here is the full game recap of game two from NHL.com.
The Penguins and the Bruins continue their series tonight at 8:00 PM at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pens look to bounce back after an abysmal loss in game one. Keys to the game for the Pens include, power play success, keeping their head in game, and playing Penguins style hockey. Bruins key to success….do exactly what they did in game one.
Coach Dan Bylsma will be sticking with Vokoun in net for the Penguins. Tomas Vokoun has only two losses since replacing Marc-Andre Fleury back in the first round against the Islanders. Find out more reasons why Bylsma is confident in Vokoun at NHL.com.
“After I got by him, I looked up and see his right shoulder and he looks me right in the eyes. I was committed to hit him,” Cooke says.