CHICAGO — While it’s inevitable that all good things must come to an end, the
Chicago showed why it’s the
The Kings entered this rematch of last spring’s
But the Blackhawks were -- and are -- champions for a reason. They came out flying Sunday, and their first-period push ended the Kings' streak of not giving up a first-period goal in 18 straight games, and of giving up two goals or fewer in 18 straight contests. It also led to only the Kings' second regulation loss in 19 games (13-2-4). The other was to Calgary on Nov. 30.
The loss wrapped up the Kings' trip at 3-1-0, still solid but not what they had hoped for after winning at Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. Goaltender
The Kings felt Mitchell's absence on their penalty killing, but it was actually their power play that let them down and opened the floodgates to a three-goal first period for the Blackhawks.
The second period was flat and the third uneventful, with the Kings apparently marking time until their flight back home to Los Angeles.