They have become so expert at moving on, from the highs after series victories and the lows after devastating losses.
Except Moving Day never works quite so well against the
The Blackhawks have won eight of their last nine games against the Kings, including last season's conference finals, in which Kings star
The Kings were trying to push through a quick turnaround, Coach
"I think we played fine. As Darryl would say, 'OK is not OK,'" said Kings defenseman
"It's a real good hockey club over there, so you have to play a great game to beat them. We'll look to regroup and do a better job."
Game 2 will be Wednesday night in Chicago, and the Kings' regrouping effort will start with the likes of Kopitar and
"I don't think [the Blackhawks] are doing anything different," Kopitar said. "We're going first line on first line. They want to do the same thing as we want to do, check and control the puck as much as they can. We've got to do that better in Game 2."
That was the game within the game: Chicago's top line centered by captain
Blackhawks fans would suggest Toews scored twice Sunday, but only one of them counted. If his second-period goal had stood, Chicago would have led 2-0 at 3:22. But it was disallowed after officials concluded Toews had made incidental contact with Kings goalie
Toews would later score — for real — with 3 minutes 50 seconds remaining in the game to make it 3-1. With the Kings pushing for the tying goal, he converted on a three-on-one, beating Quick with a shot from the right circle.
The go-ahead goal came from Chicago defenseman
"It hit Trevor's stick and I guess the guys were saying it hit the ice, then like a Frisbee, just bounced back up," Kings center
"When it bounces like that, it's tough. But they shoot the puck and they put themselves in the right positions. We've gotta do that."
The lone Kings goal came 1:13 after the disallowed Toews goal, via some nice work from the combination of wingers Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli. Toffoli redirected Pearson's centering pass to make it 1-1 at 4:35 of the second.
The Kings outshot the Blackhawks, 17-6, in that period but appeared to fade, with a mere four shots in the third when they were trying to push for the equalizer. Center