December 28, 2011 5:20 pm

Game 37: Kings 2, Blackhawks 0 (FINAL)

How will the Kings fare, under the watchful eyes of their fathers? It’s the Kings against the Chicago Blackhawks, with all the action on Fox Sports West and 1150-AM and affiliates, with all the game action here as well…

THIRD PERIOD
In goal: It’s still Quick vs. Crawford.
Kings 2, Blackhawks 0: The Kings took a two-goal lead 1:16 into the third period. Drew Doughty skated in and took a shot from the right circle. Justin Williams whacked at a rebound and nearly scored, and then Jarret Stoll skated in and knocked the loose puck past Crawford from close range.
End of game: Shots were even, 38-38, and Jonathan Quick recorded his fifth shutout of the season.

SECOND PERIOD
In goal: It’s still Quick vs. Crawford.
Kings 1, Blackhawks 0: Some gritty net-front play by the Kings’ fourth line led to the game’s first goal. Both Colin Fraser and Kyle Clifford crashed the net and nearly tipped the puck past Corey Crawford, who ended up face down on the ice trying to cover the puck. Before he could, Trent Hunter went to the net and knocked the puck into the net with 7:53 remaining in the second period.
Penalty shot saved: Mike Richards had a penalty shot, with 3:22 remaining in the second period, but Crawford made the save on Richards’ backhand attempt. Richards was pulled down by Jonathan Toews, who had lost his stick before Richards started in on a breakaway. Richards is 0-for-2 on penalty shots this season and 0-for-2 in post-regulation shootout attempts.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Blackhawks 15-10 and had an excellent all-around period. The Kings went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and did not have a power play. Crawford made two point-blank saves in the first half of the period, then stopped Richards’ penalty shot.

FIRST PERIOD
In goal: It’s the Kings’ Jonathan Quick against the Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford.
Lineup change: In a bit of a surprise, Trent Hunter will play for the Kings, in place of Kevin Westgarth. Davis Drewiske and Alec Martinez are the other scratches.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Blackhawks 13-10, but in no way did that reflect the way the period went. The Blackhawks dominated. The Kings had six minutes of power-play time early — including a Chicago double-minor — but had little offensive pressure. The Blackhawks were fast and aggressive, and only Jonathan Quick’s strong effort kept Chicago off the scoreboard. The Kings went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.

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