Hawks have an unbelievable following everywhere they go and it was no exception in Los Angeles tonight when they faced off against the Kings.
Patrick Kane heard some saddening news just prior to taking the ice. His grandfather, whom he was close to, had just passed away. So, Patrick took the ice with a heavy heart. But, 62 seconds into the tilt he scored their only power play goal of the night to take an early 1-0 lead. 7 minutes later Patrick had patient hands on a 3-1 and fed a wide open Bryan Bickell, who one timed a slap shot, for his much needed 8th goal of the season. The Hawks gave up a PPG shortly afterward, but it was truly the play of the 2nd period that makes one wonder if there is a God above who made sure the Hawks had their way tonight. Badly outplayed, face-off's and HITS were ridiculously one sided toward L.A., yet the Hawks staved off 3 hit goal posts and split the 2nd period with one goal a piece. This score could have been 4-2 L.A. easily, but the posts were our friend tonight.
In the 3rd period, a totally different story. It was the Hawks who came out firing on all cylinders and the final goal by the Hawks was another Patrick Kane goal from an absolutely sweet pass that slowly crossed the crease to a wide open Kane for his 27th of the year. Other Hawks Goals: Marcus Kruger tipped in a Nick Leddy blast for his 6th, and Nick Leddy got one all on his own from a pass by Marian Hossa just as time expired on the PP.
The Hawks, Corey Crawford, allowed 3 goals on 34 shots, much of which were high quality chances.
The next game on this extremely difficult road trip is the league leading Anaheim Ducks followed by the Phoenix Coyotes. Then the Hawks will rest,…well, except the 10 Olympians. They will head to Sochi for their respective countries. (Any wagering on if Brent Seabrook becomes a last minute replacement?….Most likely not,…but he certainly deserves it).
Final score: L.A. 3 - Chi 5