Chicago's home record in the
The Kings were trying to bring the momentum of their stirring seven-game series against the
But the Blackhawks have been a force at home in the playoffs, now 7-0 this postseason.
Game 2 in the best-of-seven series will be here on Wednesday.
The lone Kings goal was scored by rookie forward Tyler Toffoli in the second period.
This time it counted ... for
The Blackhawks took advantage of a three-on-one rush to make it 3-1 late in the third period.
Toews finished off a nifty passing play, beating Kings goalie
The Kings have six minutes to try to tie the score, or even take a lead if you're optimistic, but they'll have to generate some more scoring opportunities to do so.
Each team has killed off one minor penalty in the third period. The Kings have only three shots in 14 minutes, though. The Blackhawks aren't getting many more chances, with only five shots in the third.
Less than three minutes into the period, the Kings gained a man advantage when Chicago defenseman
There was no shortage of drama in the second period of Game 1 in this
Three goals scored ... and two of them counted.
The Kings tied it, 1-1, just 1 minute 13 seconds after the disallowed goal. Linemates, and rookie forwards, Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli continued to display some nice chemistry as Toffoli redirected Pearson's centering pass.
Although the Kings held a 17-6 edge in shots in the second period, Chicago took a 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission.
The Blackhawks re-established their lead on a fluke play.
The assists went to
Kings 1, Blackhawks 1 (explanation for disallowed goal)
Here is the official ruling by the
"At 3:22 of the second period in the Los Angeles Kings/Chicago Blackhawks game, the referee consulted video review to see if Jonathan Toews' initial shot entered the Los Angeles net. It was determined Toews' initial shot did not enter the net. The referee's original call on the ice was "good goal" but a discussion between the on-ice officials resulted in a "no goal" decision because Toews made incidental contact with Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick before the puck crossed the goal line. This is not a reviewable play therefore the decision on the ice stands -- no goal and no penalty."
Talk about a huge shift in momentum in the span of 1 minute 13 seconds.
It had appeared as though Chicago had taken a 2-0 lead at 3:32 of the second period but captain
There was plenty of reaction from the Blackhawks' bench, especially Coach
The Kings tied the score, 1-1, at 4:35 with some nice work between young forwards Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli.
Toffoli put the puck past Chicago goalie
With one period in the books, Chicago led the Kings, 1-0, in Game 1 of the best-of-seven
Chicago outshot the Kings, 7-5, in the opening 20 minutes.
The first period was always going to be a tough one for the Kings, considering they had less than 40 hours to get ready for the Blackhawks after winning Game 7 against the
The Kings were only seconds away from killing the first penalty in the
There aren't many surprises in the playoffs, but the
With Mitchell back in the lineup, that meant veteran defenseman
"He skated yesterday, he skated today," Sutter said on Saturday. "When the doctors and the trainer and Willie come and tell me he's ready, I'm open to that. That's the way it works. He didn't play for us last year. He didn't play Game 7 against San Jose. He didn't play Game 7 against Anaheim.
"The kids we put in,
When the Kings marched to the Stanley Cup title in 2012, they polished off the
The Kings staved off elimination six times this postseason, falling behind the
The Ducks dropped the first two games on their home ice to the Kings, who then proceeded to lose three consecutive games before pulling out victories in the sixth and seventh games to advance to their meeting with the Blackhawks.
"I think we're a better team this year than last year," Doughty said Saturday. "We've got D-men like Muzz, who is playing a lot better than he was last year.
"Gabby has been a huge fit to this team. He's produced a lot of points and helped us a lot offensively, and putting him with [Kopitar] is great."
Then there's young forwards such as Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson, who have helped ramp up the offense for a team known for its defense.