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Chris Kuc: Blackhawks unleashed, take Game 1 from Kings

That speed had the Hawks looking more like the team that raced to the Stanley Cup last season as they solved Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick with a goal in each period to remain unbeaten at home in the playoffs at 7-0.


Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks take series lead with 3-1 win over Kings

Save for the start, Kings coach Darryl Sutter was pleasantly surprised with his team’s effort and energy given the challenging turnaround. And the Hawks certainly were pleased with their total team game — beating Quick three times, shutting down leading-scorer Anze Kopitar’s line, and getting another big performance from Crawford.

Mark Lazerus: Hawks stifle Kings’ top line

Against the Blackhawks on Sunday, they came up empty, combining for only six shots (none for Kopitar). Coach Joel Quenneville had Jonathan Toews’ line on the ice for every one of fellow Selke Trophy finalist Kopitar’s even-strength shifts until the final minute of play.


Tracey Myers: Blackhawks take advantage of home ice against Kings

The raucous atmosphere doesn’t hurt, although it was more pensive in the second period when the Blackhawks were disallowed one goal and were outshot 17-6 by a Kings group that showed no tiring effects of two seven-round series. A Duncan Keith goal midway through the second, however, brought the crowd back into it and put the Blackhawks back on top 2-1, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Tracey Myers: Blackhawks overcome disallowed goal, down Kings in Game 1

The Kings didn’t look weary for long in this one. Still, the Blackhawks withstood the pressure, got past what could have been a deflating no-goal call and prevailed. It wasn’t easy; it’s not going to be the rest of the way, either.


Scott Burnside: Unsung Crawford steps up again

Still, in spite of his championship credentials, Crawford was never really a factor when it came to the Canadian Olympic team and his name was well down the list in Vezina Trophy discussions about possible. And here he is once again doing the only thing that matters at the only time of year that matters: winning.


Shawn Roarke: Blackhawks shake off no-goal call on way to win

Less than eight minutes after Los Angeles tied it, Chicago took the lead for good, scoring on a counterattack at 11:54. The Kings mismanaged the puck in the neutral zone, and Marcus Kruger claimed the turnover and fed it to Saad, who got it to Keith at the point. His shot bounced off two different Kings and deflected high past Quick’s glove.

Corey Masisak: Toffoli-Carter-Pearson line contributes again for Kings

Pearson and Toffoli are swift skaters, something they share in common with Carter. The other three lines for the Kings might provide more brawn, but this combination has been a problem for opposing teams because of speed and skill, and plenty of tenacious play from the two kids.


FifthFeather: Just Like a Punch in the Teeth: Blackhawks 3, Kings 1

If it weren’t for Corey Crawford standing tall during the Kings strongest surge of the game, the Hawks could, very well, had been buried in the second period and everyone’s post-game mood would be a lot less cheery. His save on Kyle Clifford on a 2-on-1 shortly after LA tied it was probably the biggest save of the game.


Greg Boysen: Blackhawks Survive Game 1, Earn An Early Series Lead

Once again the Blackhawks were able to neutralize their opponent’s top line. Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar were pretty quite in Game 1. The Kings got their lone goal and the most chances from their second line of Tyler Toffoli, Jeff Carter and Tanner Pearson. That line has good speed and could cause fits in Los Angeles when the Kings have the last change.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.