CHICAGO — Goalie
That was the problem Wednesday in a third-period collapse during a 6-2 loss to the
Late into the second period, the champions played to the level worthy of the banner they hung in the
The Blackhawks relied on defenseman
"I really liked how we played for 38 minutes," Blackhawks Coach
Yet everything actually changed just after the 32nd minute. That's when Kings goalie
"We were still up 2-0," Quenneville said. "It turned on a dime after that. I don't know that I've seen a game all year like that, when we're doing everything right, and then all of a sudden it's a disaster."
The Kings' four-goal blitz in a 10:45 stretch was so overwhelming to Crawford that he said this about Tyler Toffoli's rebound goal that gave the Kings a 4-2 lead:
"I didn't see it," Crawford said. "I saw it come off my blocker and go in the air, and then I lost it in the air and I saw it come down. It doesn't matter.
"It's too many ... . We needed a big stop on the second [power play] — and they got another [goal] that kind of took everything out of us."
The question as the series moves to
The Kings scored five goals on 12 third-period shots — one came with an empty net.
"You've got to reflect on what just happened and be ready to raise our own level of play," Toews said. "That's a team that wants to win."
Twelve Kings contributed a point Wednesday. Chicago's massive withdrawal featured only six third-period shots on goal.