CHICAGO | Taking 36 shots on goal would tire out any team in the postseason.
The Blackhawks followed the offensive barrage with one that included 10 fewer shots, but two more goals against Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick. This one sent the Kings’ netminder home early.
With four goals in a little more than a period and a half, the Blackhawks took a 2-0 series lead against the Kings with a 4-2 win Sunday.
The series moves to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4 beginning Tuesday.
“We just came out and skated well,” winger Patrick Sharp said. "Scoring that first goal was big.”
Corey Crawford stopped 29 shots, allowing a Kings’ goal at 18:57 of the second period and one on a power play with 1:02 remaining in the game.
The Blackhawks killed off three of four power plays and scored on one of the two they had.
“(Crawford) is awesome,” Sharp said. “I’ve been answering questions all year about Corey and if he’s the No. 1 guy and if we think he can do it and I’ve said the same answer all along: there’s no question in our locker room. He’s the guy we want in net back there; he’s proven it in the past and it’s nice to see him get the credit he deserves.”
If any one player was spent because of the back-to-back playoff games, another was waiting to pick up the slack.
Four scorers tallied goals – Andrew Shaw, Brent Seabrook, Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus – and Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp had two assists each.
“We’ve been quick in the puck areas and joining the attack and in the offensive zone,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “We’re relying on our speed and forechecking and I thought we were using every option offensively.”
Despite being out-shot in the first period, the Blackhawks showed their lack of fatigue quickly. Shaw scored the first goal 1:56 into the game and Seabrook’s goal came with less than a minute remaining.
Quick was replaced by backup Jonathan Bernier at the 9:20 mark of the second period. Bernier faced nine of the Blackhawks’ shots.
“I think we play five games in the next 10 days,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said when asked if pulling Quick was merciful. “I don’t think (Saturday-Sunday games) effected (Quick) at all. Quite honestly, I didn’t notice that as an issue for either team, the back-to-back games.”