From the moment Kings goalie Jonathan Quick snared the golden scoring chance of Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, the defending Stanley Cup champions faded to black.
After Quick’s glove save with just more than seven minutes left in the second period of Game 2, the Blackhawks were outscored, 6-0, in a 6-2 loss at United Center and put just six third-period shots on goal.
The Western Conference finals is tied at one game apiece.
Now comes Game 3, where a raucous Staples Center crowd will greet a vulnerable champion seeking confidence while saddled with a 2-4 road playoff record.
Chicago center and goals co-leader Jonathan Toews said Saturday afternoon before the scheduled 5:20 p.m. puck drop that his team was and is “not at all” deflated by Quick’s big stop.
“We expect Quick to make one or two of those a game … he has athleticism, he can make acrobatic saves,” Toews said. “If it gave them momentum, that’s one thing, but we’re not going to worry about it too much.
“We’ll just keep putting pucks on him and we feel eventually they’ll go in.”
Toews noted the need to improve in faceoffs after his team lost 43 of 70 in Game 2. He said the Blackhawks want to play angry "considering how we played that last game.”
“We’re excited to have an opportunity to redeem ourselves and get back to playing the way we know we can,” Toews said. “We know it’s tough to win on the road. These games have taken a long time. We’re excited to get into a routine.”
After a pair of two-day breaks in the series, the teams will now play every other day until a Stanley Cup Final appearance is earned.
“We’re still in a pretty good spot in this series,” Toews said. “It’s up to us, it’s about how bad we want it, and that’s that. You don’t want them dictating things. It’s all about that mind-set.”
Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville said his only lineup change would be inserting agitating center Andrew Shaw back in for Peter Regin after Shaw has been out since May 2 because of a right leg injury.