Chicago Blackhawks @ Los Angeles Kings Game 65 Recap: Losing streak snapped, win 6-3
“Winning feels good, that had gone on too long” - Kyle Clifford
Truth be told, I was expecting a win today. Weren’t we all? I mean, the boys can’t lose them all. Today felt very much like a great day where the Kings could break that 10-game debacle of a losing streak and play well on a Saturday afternoon. Also, it was about time that the veteran core would finally listen to Rob Blake and lead by example after they were 0-1-2 since calling them out.
Happy Days are here again! The Kings had five different goal scorers (Dustin Brown , Sean Walker, Ilya Kovalchuk, Adrian Kempe, Brendan Leipsic) and 10 players recorded points. Even Jeff Carter had two assists, returning to the score sheet after a 10-game absence.
Getting there wasn’t as easy as the 6-3 score would dictate. Today, I exchanged texts throughout the game with my buddy Justin, a noted Kings hater and myopic Blackhawks supporter. The Text Bowl went something like this:
Justin: Careful, Hawks are looking to sweep California and Corey Crawford is baaaaaaak! I wonder if you’re missing Darryl Sutter right now.
Me: We’re looking to sweep the Hawks this season. That would be sad for you.
Kings 1. Hawks 0.
Brown scores his 15th goal of the season to give the Kings an early lead!#CHIvsLAK #Blackhawks #GoKingsGo #LAKings pic.twitter.com/RCRSSj7Tvd— Eric (@Kingsgifs) March 2, 2019
Kings 2. Hawks 0.
Me: 2-zip. You guys have nothing tonight.
Justin: When was the last time you held a lead? February? January?
Beautiful drop from @adriankempe.— NHL (@NHL) March 2, 2019
Smokin' shot from @SeanWalk2. pic.twitter.com/M60kIZzDNh
Kings 3. Hawks 0.
Me: You were saying?
Justin: Lose For Hughes.
Kovalchuk with his 14th goal of the season makes it 3-0 Kings!#CHIvsLAK #Blackhawks #GoKingsGo #LAKings pic.twitter.com/FhXlZbILAD— Eric (@Kingsgifs) March 2, 2019
Kings 3. Hawks 1.
Justin: The comeback has begun.
BRENDAN PERLINI SLAMS ONE HOME TO BRING CHICAGO WITHIN 2!#Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/HlUNeRD5BW— Hockey Daily (@HockeyDaily365) March 2, 2019
End of Period.
Kings 3. Hawks 1.
Shots: Hawks 15. Kings 11.
Kings 3. Hawks 2.
Justin: Perlini’s second!! Crow with the Apple!!
Me: You guys don’t really say apple in Chicago, do you?
Kings 3. Hawks 3.
Sneaky Murphy#Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/eySk2Ab13V— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) March 2, 2019
Me: That wouldn’t have happened if Kurtis MacDermid were still in the AHL where he belongs.
Justin: I can’t tell if the game is in LA or Chicago. Did all of you sell your tickets on StubHub?
Murphy blasts one on net and it's in! We're tied 3-3, and it is loud in here! #CHIvsLAK pic.twitter.com/DBDYv8thH5— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) March 2, 2019
Me: Nobody really wants to live in Chicago in March anyway.
Kings 4. Hawks 3.
Sauce makes everything better. pic.twitter.com/HtnjoJFFT0— NHL (@NHL) March 2, 2019
Justin: Hawks look like they’re deliberately trying to lose.
Me: What do you mean? Adrian Kempe was the Kings’s February player of the month.
Justin: You guys DO suck, don’t you.
Me: He has nice hair though.
Justin: You guys can’t even cash in your gift breakaways:
Tyler Toffoli was pissed about a penalty called on him and slammed his stick into the glass when he was in the box. Came out of the box on a breakaway and... the stick snapped 😂 pic.twitter.com/Gj1iSm9iCs— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) March 2, 2019
Me: We have a few anger management issues. You have a few beating the Kings issues.
End of Period.
Kings 4. Hawks 3.
Shots: Hawks 22. Kings 17.
Me: Kings are 16-1-2 when they lead after two periods.
Justin: Well, the Hawks have six Stanley Cups.
Me: Only three of those count. Before 1968 there were only six teams and four made the playoffs.
Kings 5. Hawks 3.
Me: Are you sure Crawford is over his vertigo? Doesn’t look like it.
Knuckle puck time! pic.twitter.com/98A6DxBbfd— NHL (@NHL) March 2, 2019
Justin: At this rate, you won’t be able to bash Willie Desjardins in your recap tonight.
Me: Trust me, I’ll have no problem.
Kings 6. Hawks 3.
Me: No, really. Who are the Hawks’ doctors?
6-3 Brown(16)-ASST: Kopitar(29): https://t.co/Zde0Axp9rJ#CHIvsLAK #Blackhawks #GoKingsGo #LAKings pic.twitter.com/RYf6dYvVGc— Eric (@Kingsgifs) March 2, 2019
Justin: Yeah yeah, you’re real funny. You should worry more about Drew Doughty playing half the games every night and not making it to next season in one piece.
Me: You should worry about Patrick Kane...he’s played 25 minutes too, and BTW, he’s a minus three! LMAO!
Justin: We miss Coach Q.
Me: No, seriously. Crawford raised his glove hand and it went over his blocker side. I think Corey is cooked.
Brown with his second goal of the game!#CHIvsLAK #Blackhawks #GoKingsGo #LAKings pic.twitter.com/N9QNddT2l7— Eric (@Kingsgifs) March 2, 2019
FINAL: Kings 6. Hawks 3.
Shots: Kings 32. Hawks 25.
Justin: Don’t pat yourself on the back too hard, check out this one from someone smarter than both of us:
Lousy defense.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) March 2, 2019
That's how you lose to a team that's dead last in the conference, has lost 10 straight and can barely even be bothered to show up some nights.
Next: The Kings host the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday at Staples Center.
"We had guys playing hard for each other"@JonathanQuick32 explains the @LAKings are rallying around the team attitude pic.twitter.com/pqZTpSwFEv— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) March 2, 2019
"That might be the first time in my life I've made a pass like that. He was more surprised about it than I was." - @Brodzyy admitting he's more of a goal scorer pic.twitter.com/eRniy42hUW— LA Kings (@LAKings) March 3, 2019
Jonathan Toews reacts to Chicago's loss to the Kings on Saturday. #CHIvsLAK pic.twitter.com/5hFhaNYrJE— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) March 3, 2019
Kings REALLY need this guy:
STAT ALERT: Friday night @jackhughes43 took sole possession of the first-place spot in #NTDP career assists. pic.twitter.com/IyOaVSo20z— USA Hockey NTDP (@USAHockeyNTDP) March 2, 2019
Maybe we see Matt Luff on Tuesday:
Wagner not on the bench after this hit with Forsling: https://t.co/93LZNWAvPz#CHIvsLAK #Blackhawks #GoKingsGo #LAKings pic.twitter.com/y3hF5GSpO9— Eric (@Kingsgifs) March 2, 2019