By defeating the
All of that is on the table after a 5-2 victory over the Blackhawks in Game 4 of the conference finals at
The offense was spread around with
The Kings have scored 15 goals in the last seven periods against the Blackhawks.
Then came the scoring deluge.
With Hossa off for goaltender interference, Muzzin took a Doughty pass, zeroed in from the blue line and flicked a wrist shot pass teammate
Gaborik later perched himself at the goaltender crease, where he was in perfect position to re-direct an
Brown finished off a little tic-tac-toe for the Kings’ second power-play goal. Muzzin fired the puck in from the blue line,
The Kings have scored seven power-play goals in their last 17 opportunities.
Doughty gave the Kings a 4-0 lead 12 minutes into the second period. He flipped a shot that deflected off the stick of a Blackhawks player, with the puck toppling end-over-end into the net.
Tanner Pearson tosses the puck into an empty net to add an exclamation point to this one.
The Blackhawks aren't going gently into that good night.
The Kings continue to dominate the Chicago Blackhawks, taking a 4-1 lead into the third period at
Doughty also has an assist in the game.
A little parting gift from the Kings?
They turn the puck over in their own zone, setting up Chicago’s
Barring an epic choke tonight, the Kings can wrap up the
Kings 3, Blackhawks 0 (end of first period)
Unless something changes radically, the
The Kings buried the defending champion
The Kings took advantage of a power play to get the scoring started.
Gaborik, acquired at the trade deadline from Columbus, perched himself at the goaltender crease, where he was in perfect position to re-direct an
The Kings had their two goals on their only four shots, in part because they were on the defensive early while killing two penalties.
Brown finished off a little tic-tac-toe for the third goal on a second power play. Muzzin fired the puck in from the blue line and
Moments later, the Kings began their scoring deluge.
If the Kings and Rangers meet in the
Gaborik, acquired at the trade deadline from Columbus, perched himself at the crease, where he was in perfect position to re-direct a shot by
The Kings have two goals on four shots. They also killed off two minor penalties before going on the offensive.
The Kings take advantage of a power play.
It was Muzzin's fifth goal of the playoffs. Doughty and Tyler Toffoli had the assists.
The “must-win” tag gets attached too often in sports. Still, it would be highly recommended that the
The Kings have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series heading into the game at
“We go into every game trying to convince ourselves it's a must win,” Blackhawks captain and center
"It's right there in front of us. We know it's a must win. When you play in a game like this, you don't need anything else. You don't need any inspiration. Guys will be ready to play."
The Kings, coming off a tough 4-3 victory in Game 3 on Saturday night, can take a commanding 3-1 lead with a victory before heading back to Chicago for Game 5 on Wednesday night.
Kings veteran defenseman
"It's not the time to give ourselves a pat on the back or anything like that," he said, "but we've done a good job getting past the first two and I think our toughest challenge yet is this Chicago Blackhawks team."