The Chicago Blackhawks won at home again to build a 2-0 series lead over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals.
CHICAGO — Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus scored on consecutive shots in the second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks chased goaltender Jonathan Quick on their way to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
Andrew Shaw and Brent Seabrook also scored as the Blackhawks took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series with their fifth consecutive victory. Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad added two assists each, and Corey Crawford made 29 saves in another solid performance.
“It’s a high-speed game. If we use our speed, we’ll be all right,” Shaw said. “We played our game. That’s the difference.”
Game 3 is Tuesday night in Los Angeles, where the Kings have won 14 consecutive games, dating to the regular season. The Kings also lost their first two games of the playoffs at St. Louis before winning four straight to eliminate the Blues in the first round.
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Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli scored for Los Angeles, but the defending Stanley Cup champions struggled on offense while playing without Mike Richards, who was scratched because of an undisclosed upper-body injury.
“We gave them too many Grade-A scoring chances, and they capitalized,” Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi said.
Handzus’ goal at 9:20 of the second period ended Quick’s night. Last year’s playoffs MVP made 13 saves and was replaced by Jonathan Bernier, who had nine stops.
“They (the Blackhawks) did their job at home,” Quick said. “We’ve got to go home and do our job now.”