After the second game of their previous series, the Blackhawks exited the United Center ice with their heads hanging and spirits low. Not this time. Determined not to let history repeat itself, the Hawks sliced and diced the Kings and goaltender Jonathan Quick to roll to a 4-2 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Sunday night. The win gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series with Game 3 scheduled for Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. "We expected them to be better than they were in Game 1 and they were," Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "We raised our play too. We know it's going to get tougher and tougher, especially going into their building. We'll find that next level like we did (in Game 2)." The Hawks reeled off four goals — two each in the first two periods — to knock defending Conn Smythe Trophy winner Quick out of the game and avoid a letdown similar to the conference semifinals against the Red Wings when they dropped three in a row after opening that series with a win. "Detroit was a wakeup call," said rookie winger Brandon Saad, who had two assists in Game 2. "They played really well and we might not have been at our best, but after that we've been playing desperate and really well." Andrew Shaw, Brent Seabrook, Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus scored and Corey Crawford continued his strong play in goal for the Hawks. Patrick Sharp also had two assists. Crawford finished with 29 saves, yielding only scores by Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli. While Quick has received the lion's share of praise for his strong play throughout the postseason, Crawford has been the better goalie in the series.
Quick strike gives Hawks easy Game 2 victory
Chicago Tribune | Jun 3