Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/5/13
The Los Angeles Kings bounced back from a Game 2 thumping to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 last night at the Staples Center. The Kings looked more energetic, aggressive, and desperate as they reminded everyone why they are undefeated at home this post season. The Chicago Blackhawks were shut down by L.A.’s stingy defense for most of the game. The Kings were much more physical on the forecheck last night compared to the first two games of the series.  This was a heated contest for both sides but Chicago struggled to create offense in a slower paced Game 3. “The pace of the game was played at L.A.’s pace, slow,” ESPN’s Barry Melrose said during his postgame analysis on Sportscenter. “Skills guys like Kane, Toews, Hossa, and Sharp don’t like slow play.” Los Angeles forced Chicago to play at their pace when winger Justin Williams scored at the 16:39 mark in the first period. The defending champs are virtually unbeatable when they score first at home during the playoffs. Jonathan Quick and his defense have led the Kings to 22 straight home wins when scoring the first goal. “When they (the Kings) score first they can into that defensive shell,” Melrose said. “They are great at that.” The Blackhawks weren’t able to create many scoring chances against Los Angeles’ defense. Chicago only had ten shots on goal after the second period. Luckily, winger Bryan Bickell salvaged what otherwise would have been an awful period by scoring with 34 seconds left before intermission. The President’s trophy winners were on the penalty kill for six minutes of that period due to an interference penalty committed by Johnny Oduya and Duncan Keith’s double minor for his high stick on L.A. winger Jeff Carter. In total, Chicago was on the penalty kill for twelve minutes of game action. The Blackhawks were a man down for 20% of Game 3, that’s not a part of head coach Joe Quenneville’s winning formula. “We took five penalties tonight, probably four too many,” Quenneville said in his postgame press conference. “We got to be smarter in that area. You get the building rocking with them having momentum and having chances around our net. We have to stay out of the box.” It should be noted that the Blackhawks did successfully kill all five penalties, but they lost a lot of momentum doing so. Their offensive attack was stagnant until they mustered a couple of flurries in the third period but Quick and the Kings defense held up strong. The Blackhawks still have to feel good about where they stand having a 2-1 series lead. L.A. is 8-0 this postseason at home but Chicago is battle tested by playing in must win games on the road in these playoffs.  A couple of things can be improved from Game 3 for Quenneville’s team before Thursday night’s contest. They have to get off to a quick start because Chicago can’t afford to go down by two goals again when they’re playing the Kings in the Staples Center. Chicago did a great job creating putting pressure on Quick Games 1 and 2 by putting a lot of pucks and on net. They averaged 31 shots on goal in the first two games of the series but only had 20 last night; that’s not enough to beat Quick and his men on their home ice. The Blackhawks need to have a faster paced physical style of play in Game 4 if they want to take a commanding 3-1 lead back to the Mad House. “They played a good game and we didn’t have enough to get the result we wanted to,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said in his postgame interview. “We still like where we’re at in the series but we know we definitely have to bounce back and have a much better effort in Game 4.” Sources: Quenneville and Toews Interview http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9343868 http://blackhawks.nhl.com/ Melrose Quotes are via Sportscenter.    
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

What does Tevin Coleman’s return mean for Devonta Freeman?

Antonio Cromartie: Odell Beckham Jr. a ‘one hit wonder’

Thompson fires shots at Clippers: ‘Didn’t they lose to the Rockets?’

'Sell high' and 'buy low' fantasy candidates

Marshawn Lynch ruled out by Seahawks for Week 5

Howard says he played through torn MCL, meniscus in playoffs


Bills offensive progress stalled by injuries

Bruins’ Zac Rinaldo: Raffi Torres’ suspension 'really opened my eyes’

Cowboys’ Sean Lee cleared to play vs. Patriots after concussion battle

NHL Dept. of Player Safety inconsistent with discipline?

Tennessee desperate for big win over #19 Georgia

UCLA punter Adam Searl arrested on suspicion of rape

WATCH: Prince Fielder wipes out trying to climb over dugout railing

Dwight Howard, image & Houston's title chances

What’s wrong with Ohio State’s offense?

Weeden: ‘I don’t need a 12-yr-old telling me how to play’

Fan at Texas A&M game was so drunk, he reportedly told police he was at Baylor vs. Texas Tech

10 unheralded NFL players who will impact Week 5

Mallett’s dad: Criticism of QB makes his grandmothers cry

LSU has sold a disappointing amount of tickets for South Carolina game

Five potential upsets in NFL Week 5

Why the Carolina Panthers are the NFL's next super power

Six biggest matchups in Week 6 of the college football season

Dalton motivated by getting booed at celebrity softball game

Which undefeated college team has best résumé?

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dwight Howard, image & Houston's title chances

10 unheralded NFL players who will impact Week 5

Five potential upsets in NFL Week 5

Why the Carolina Panthers are the NFL's next super power

NHL Department of Player Safety inconsistent in disciplining players?

Explaining the silence on Thabo Sefolosha’s police brutality trial

Six biggest matchups in Week 6 of CFB

Joe Maddon's defensive calculus

Sepp Blatter appeals FIFA suspension

Looking at four NHL goaltenders who debuted for new teams

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker